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15-year-old cancer patient to lose medical care assistance if she accepts gofundme donations

By Mason White 3:41 PM December 30, 2015
Tavi Gilmore (center) with her mother and brother 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A brave girl who suffers from cancer, was left disappointed after she was given an ultimatum to choose between her health or her home.

15-year-old Tavi Gilmore of Tukwila, Washington, suffers from bone cancer and had her leg amputated a few years ago.

The girl’s mother, Demicka Gilmore, said that her 21-year-old child is also disabled. They were homeless until she launched a GoFundMe page and 314 good people donated more than $15,000.

The family rented an apartment, but have no furniture. The 15-year-old girl and her mother, are forced to sleep on the floor with blankets.

The family was excited and looking forward to use the money from GoFundMe to live a better life. However, when the government learned about the donations, they informed the family that if they keep their donations, they will lose their government assistance.

The Social Security Administration and the state’s Department of Social and Health Services, explained that the donations count as income, and the amount of donations the Gilmore’s received pushed them over the limit of qualifying for government benefits.

If the family keeps the money, they will lose their food stamps, and federal medical assistance, which pays for Tavi’s chemotherapy.

The family said that the donations alone or government benefits alone will not be sufficient to meet their needs.