Rylee McCollum is remembered for his heroic sacrifice after he died on Aug. 26 when an ISIS-K suicide bomber detonated a bomb outside the Kabul airport. Now his family is being supported by donors from around the world. Three GoFundMe pages have raised over $800,000 for McCollum’s wife and unborn baby.
The GoFundMe pages were created for McCollum’s widow after the 20-year-old U.S. Marine was killed in action during the Afghanistan evacuations. The Bondurant, WY. soldier was just married, reports claimed. His pregnant wife is due to deliver her first child in three weeks.
A clothing brand, Into The Breach Supply Co., created the “Rylee McCollum’s Child Education Fund” in an attempt to support the fallen soldier’s widow and unborn child. With a modest goal of $5,000, the fund was “dedicated to the education and upbringing of Marine Rylee McCollum’s child who is expected for September.” Since the GoFundMe page was created, the clothing company has raised over $551,000.
Written in the post, the company mentioned that McCollum’s “sacrifice at HKIA to protect the lives of those who cannot themselves will not be forgotten.” Into the Breach Supply Co. claimed it was in “direct contact with” the soldier’s wife, Jiennah, nicknamed GiGi, “who gave us the go-ahead to host the GoFundMe.” Donations will support the future education of McCollum’s unnamed child.
On top of the half-a-million-dollar fundraiser, two other fundraisers have raised a lot of money for McCollum’s family. Jill Crayton, GiGi’s mother, organized the “Love for GiGi” fundraiser on GoFundMe. The page has already raised more than $213,000 to support McCollum’s widow.
“My heart is incredibly heavy today, in the wee hours of the morning my beautiful daughter got that knock on her door that no military spouse wants to get,” Crayton wrote on the page. “Her strong, handsome, incredibly brave husband of less than a year was one of the 13 Marines that gave his life yesterday in Kabul.”
According to her mother, GiGi is “36 weeks pregnant.” She continued, explaining that “she lost her love. I never got to meet him, but I will meet his baby, and I will love and spoil that baby forever.”
A third GoFundMe page was organized by Ryan Blair and Lalan Dewey. The page has raised over $53,000 for the family. On the page, the team wrote that McCollum was an “American hero.”
It explained that “we lost Rylee McCollum in Afghanistan fighting for America and freedoms around the world. Help this family with expenses and supporting his wife and upcoming newborn child. We love you brother. Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice. We will never forget.”
McCollum’s death – along with the 12 other marines killed during the Kabul terrorist attack – has sparked severe animosity towards President Joe Biden. During the dignified transfer ceremony held over the weekend, Biden was accused of showing “total disregard to the loss of our Marine,” according to McCollum’s sister Roice.
Roice told the Washington Post that Biden “can’t f—up as bad as he did and say… sorry.” She pointed out that “this did not need to happen, and every life is on his hands, the thousands of Afghans who will suffer and be tortured as a direct result of his incompetence.”
McCollum’s mother, Kathy, said that Biden was “a dementia-ridden piece of c–p who doesn’t even know he’s in the White House.” His wife admitted that while meeting with the president, Joe Biden kept checking his watch.
According to McCollum’s sister, “he wanted to be a Marine his whole life and carried around his rifle in his diapers and cowboy boots. He was determined to be in infantry… [he] wanted to be a history teacher and a wrestling coach when he finished serving his country. He’s a tough, kind, loving kid who made an impact on everyone he met. His jokes and wit brought so much joy.”
She claimed that “Rylee will always be a hero, not just for the ultimate sacrifice he made for our country, but for the way he impacted every life around him for the better. Making us stronger, kinder, teaching us to love deeper.”