A GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $100,000 to help pay medical expenses for former Funjet president Mike Going, an outpouring that his friends and colleagues says speaks not only to his character, but that of the industry.
Going's daughter, Kate, launched the campaign Fundraiser for Nancy Going by Kate Going: Mike Going's Medical Fund four days ago, saying her father is at home on hospice after fighting a rare illness for more than three years.
Her goal was to raise $100,000. And as of Monday, more than $114,000 had been donated. The donor lists includes scores of industry names, as well a number of anonymous donations, some as high as $10,000.
"The response has been heartwarming and filled with gratitude," said Ray Snisky, president of ALG Vacations and longtime friend and colleague of Going's. "It tells you how the industry, and anyone that has come in contact with Mike Going, feels about him. He is beloved and has made a lasting impact on many, many people. The ripple effect of people being made aware, and then wanting to help, has been a silver lining in a very tough situation.
"It also points to the quality of people in the travel industry. Coming out of the toughest year in the history of the industry, the number of people who wanted to help was a beautiful thing. It's one of the reasons we all love this industry."
Prior to Funjet, Going had held senior roles at Air Jamaica, Alamo Rent a Car, Certified Vacations during a career that spanned 35 years. He most recently was a founder of MPG Travel Solutions."
In an update posted to GoFundMe Monday, Kate called the response "absolutely surreal."
"Seeing everyone's names, love, and kind comments has been a bright spot during some very difficult days," she wrote. "We can breathe a little easier now, although that has not quite set in yet.
"Please continue to share and encourage these incredible donations, the further this goes, the more frequent and quality care we can afford at home."
"We will reach out with individual gratitudes as soon as we are able, but for now while we are short for words and time, please know what a difference each and every one of you have made."