gofundmeMost of us simply don’t put away enough money to support ourselves in our retirement. As a result, we outlive our savings. But that’s certainly not the case with Carrie Rausch, the Columbus, Ohio, mom and grandmother who managed to pay her bills until the age of 108.

However, at the end of last year, Rausch reached the end of her funds and was in danger of being forced to leave the Columbus assisted living community where she’s lived for the past three years.  That’s when her daughter, Susan Hatfield, started a GoFundMe page to raise the $40,000 needed to keep her mom in her home for another year.

After an article in PEOPLE magazine this month, the fundraising page went viral, and at this writing, 937 people have donated $55,527, with that number still climbing. Should Rausch not need the full amount for her room and board, any surplus will be donated to her church.

Living independently until she was 105, Rausch moved into assisted living after a few bad falls three years ago. She’s now fully recovered, takes no medications, needs only a walker to get around and participates in activities like flower arranging every week. According to her daughter, she’s livelier than many people 10 or 20 years younger. Hatfield credits her mom’s longevity to eating a healthy diet since the 1950s and a positive outlook on life.

Speaking of positive outlook, the 108-year-old’s motto is: “Do the best with what you have to work with.” It seems that impressive outlook has served her well!

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