Muslim-turned-Christian apologist Nabeel Qureshi, who has attracted attention of late for his candid videos sharing the details of his harrowing cancer battle, has launched a GoFundMe campaign aimed at raising money to help fund his ongoing treatments.
But the campaign, which has an end goal of bringing in $1 million, isn’t only for Qureshi’s medical expenses, as he is hoping to bring in enough money to ensure that his wife, Michelle, and young daughter, Ayah, are taken care of if he dies.
“I was diagnosed with cancer in August of 2016. This fund has been set up to cover costs related to the cancer, such as medical costs not covered by insurance,” Qureshi wrote in a campaign description. “My insurance is currently on course to expire next year, as I had to stop working the month I was diagnosed.”
The evangelist noted that he has been hesitant since his diagnosis to accept funds from anyone, explaining that his former employer, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, had generously agreed to pay for his health insurance when he stopped working.
That said, beyond that assistance, he had avoided seeking additional help — until now.
In the case that the worst does happen and Qureshi dies, he said that he is hopeful that his wife and daughter will have some money left over from the GoFundMe for a security blanket, as he has concerns about the viability of his life insurance plan.
“My life insurance policy was purchased just before I was diagnosed, and there was a 2-year window of contestability,” he said. “In other words, our life insurance coverage is in doubt, and I am not sure if Michelle and Ayah will be okay.”
In a video accompanying the GoFundMe campaign, Qureshi said that he’s simply unsure if his family will be left with any life insurance at all, adding that — regardless of what happens on that front — he can “foresee needs in the future.”
Over the past 12 days, his campaign has raised more than $254,000 and is currently trending on GoFundMe.
As Faithwire previously reported, Qureshi recently announced that his stomach cancer had spread and that radiation hadn’t worked. But despite those challenges, he remains optimistic and is exploring additional treatments, including chemo, with doctors.
“My hope has been restored. I am very, very thankful for those who are asking, ‘Nabeel have you given up hope?’” he said in a separate video uploaded last month. “No, I haven’t given up hope. I really, truly honestly do believe that I will be healed — against all medical odds, against all the statistics.”
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