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Rachael Lillis GoFundMe Campaign

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Overview

Rachael Lillis GoFundMe Campaign or Pokemon's Misty Voice Actress Rachael Lillis GoFundMe Campaign refers to a crowdfunding campaign created by Rachael Lillis' sister to help the original Pokémon dub voice actor in her battle with cancer. Lillis is an American voice actress known for dubbing a series of popular anime characters, most notably Misty and Jessie from the Pokémon anime series. The news about her GoFundMe campaign in May 2024 was met with an outpouring of support by fans of the series, sparking virality on Twitter / X and Reddit.

Background

On May 13th, 2024, a GoFundMe[1] page titled "Help my sister Rachael with medical needs" was created, which claimed that American voice actress Rachael Lillis "is currently in a nursing home facility in Los Angeles" since January 2024 due to a breast cancer diagnosis that spread to her spine, making her unable to walk properly (shown below).


Help my sister Rachael with medical needs.

Developments

The $20,000 goal to help Lillis' cancer battle was achieved in less than 24 hours after the GoFundMe was created. As of May 14th, 2024, the campaign has accumulated $43,000 in donations.

Online Reactions

In mid-May 2024 as word quickly spread online, Pokémon fans started to share Rachael's GoFundMe campaign on social media, posting wholesome fan art and messages in support of the actress. For instance, on May 13th, 2024, X[2] user @kianamaiart posted a fan art of Jessie, one of the characters that Lillis had originally dubbed (shown below, left), asking other Pokémon fans to send donations, which received over 31,000 likes and 7,700 reposts in a day.

On May 14th, the X[3] page @OoCPokemon also posted a picture of the voice actress asking people to send donations and the caption "We're with you all the way through to the bitter end as you fight these difficulties in life. Keep on keeping on! You got this!" The post (shown below, right) garnered more than 7,300 likes and 3,400 reposts in less than a day.


Kiana Mai @kianamaiart Follow X i know a ton of you are jessie fans (why else would you be following me she's all i draw). jessie's voice actress from OS, Rachael Lillis, is currently battling cancer and could use some help (peep thread) B b 8:58 PM May 13, 2024 Out of Context Pokémon @OoCPokemon. Follow [IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ] Rachael Lillis, the original dub voice actress of Misty & Jessie in #Pokemon, is unfortunately battling cancer that has now spread to her spine and she is in critical condition. Rachael was, and still is, a huge part of our lives, and she, along with... Show more RACHAEL LILLIS X . 3:37 AM May 14, 2024

Redditors also commented on Rachael's GoFundMe campaign, as user @Kenshin1296[4] posted a message to the /r/pokemonanime channel inviting other fans to donate (shown below). The post received roughly 215 upvotes and 40 comments in a day.


r/pokemonanime. 19 hr. ago Kenshin1296 Rachel Lillis Og voice actor for Misty, Jessie & Jigglypuff has cancer. Here is a gofundme if anyone wants to help Other https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-my-sister-rachael-with-medical-needs Veronica Taylor, og voice of Ash broke news Edit: Looks like they've nearly doubled their goal within 24 hours! That's great to see

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UnKewln00b
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Man, you would think being on Pokemon during the absolute peak of its popularity would set you up for life. Really is the sad reality of voice acting, unless you're one of the stupidly overpaid voice actors on The Simpsons or Family Guy, you're going to be making as much as us shmucks despite having what SHOULD be a more marketable skill and talent than the rest of us have.

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