National - RIP Medical Debt

RIP RIDE 4 Vets: June 2nd-June 21st, 2021

Join this cross-country campaign to abolish medical debt!

Campaign Created ByMikel J. Burroughs, Colonel (Ret)

Starting in Colorado, this cross-country campaign ride will span over 10,000 miles and go through:

Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Canada, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska!

Trip Itinerary: 10,031 Miles

PHASE I (2,734 MILES):

Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida 

  • June 2, Day 1, Depart 2752 Bittern Street, Castle Rock, CO to Lubbock, Texas (stay overnight) – Total Miles 519
  • June 3, Day 2, Depart Lubbock, TX with a stop in Dallas, TX, 346 miles then a stop in Waco, TX, then a stop in Austin, TX (FOP), 195 miles, depart for Houston, TX 165 miles – (stay overnight) – Total Miles 706
  • June 4, Day 3, Depart Houston, TX for Batesville, MS (stay overnight) – Total Miles 608
  • June 5, Day 4,  Depart Batesville, MS for a stop in Falkville, AL 191 miles in route to Gardendale, AL 49 miles (stop) and then in route to Atlanta, GA (Stay Overnight) 159 miles -Total Miles 399
  • June 6, Day 5, Depart Atlanta, GA for with stop in Apollo Beach, FL 471 miles, then to St. Petersburg, FL 39 miles (stay overnight)  Total Miles 510

End of Phase I

Phase I Map (above)


Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, and New York, New Hampshire

  • June 7, Day 6, Depart St. Petersburg, FL to Fort Myers, FL 111 miles, then to Davenport FL 132 miles in route to Jacksonville, FL 176 miles (Stay Overnight) Total Miles 419
  • June 8, Day 7, Depart Jacksonville, FL to Matthews, NC (Stay overnight) Total Miles 390
  • June 9, Day 8, Depart Matthews, NC for a stop in Fayetteville, NC, 122 miles, then for a stop in Henderson, NC 105 miles, then for a stop in Burke, VA 211 miles (Stay Overnight) Total Miles 435
  • June 10, Day 9, Depart Burke, VA with a stop in Sterling, VA 21 miles, then to Manhattan, NY 279 miles (Stay overnight) Total Miles 279
  • June 11, Day 10, Depart Manhattan, NY through Providence, RH to Boston, MA 227 miles, to 19 Witham Road, Belmont, NH 03220 92 miles (Stay overnight) Total miles 319

End of Phase II

Map of Phase II (above)


New Hampshire, Vermont, Canada, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Michigan

  • June 12, Day 11, Depart Belmont, NH for Toronto, Canada (stay overnight) Total Miles 582
  • June 13, Day 12, Depart Toronto, Canada thru Portville, NY 177 miles, through Allentown, PA to Morgantown, PA 299 miles, then to York, PA 56 miles (Stay overnight) Total miles 532
  • June 14, Day 13, Depart York, PA with a stop in Clarksburg, WV to Ripley, WV for a stop 368 miles, then to Columbus, OH 125 miles (Stay Overnight) Total Miles 493
  • June 15, Day 14, Depart Columbus OH with a stop in Elkton, KY then to Franklin, TN (Stay Overnight) Total Miles 454
  • June 16, Day 15, Depart Franklin TN for Perry, MI (Stay overnight) Total Miles 582
  • June 17, Day 16, Depart from Perry, MI to Duluth, MN Stay Overnight) Total Miles 656

End of Phase III

Map of Phase III (above)


Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado

  • June 18, Day 16, Depart Duluth, MN to Plymouth, MN for a stop 164 miles and then to Chicago, IL (Stay Overnight) Total Miles 584
  • June 19, Day 17, Depart Chicago, IL for a stop in Washington, IL 145 miles then to Kewanee, IL 59 miles, then to Langley, IL 18 miles for a stop and then to Carlinville, IL for a stop 174 miles, then to Simpson, IL 180 miles (Stay Overnight) Total Miles 576
  • June 20, Day 18, From Simpson, IL to Overland Park, KS 408 miles, then to Topeka, KS 65 miles, then to Hays, KS  204 miles (Stay Overnight) Total Miles 677
  • June 21, Day 19, Depart Hays, KS for Home Total Miles 317

End of Phase IV

Map of Phase IV (above)

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How RIP Works

Over a hundred million Americans, one in three, struggles with the weight of medical debt.

Here’s how we lift them up.

You make a donation

With every donation, RIP uses its precise data analytics to pinpoint the medical debt of those most in need of relief: households whose income is below twice the federal poverty line or are insolvent.

RIP buys medical debt at a steep discount

Your donations allow us to buy debt in bundles. That allows us to buy debt at a fraction of the original cost. So whatever you donate has 100x the impact.

Together we wipe out medical debt

People receive a letter that their debt is gone. No taxes. No penalties. Just like that, they're free of medical debt.

Frequent Questions

Yes. We are a 501(c)(3) charity and your donation is 100% tax deductible.

Relevant Documents:

When we purchase a portfolio of medical debt, we abolish debt for individuals who:

  • Earn less than 2x the federal poverty level (varies by state, family size).
  • Debts are 5 percent or more of annual income.
  • Facing insolvency — debts are greater than assets.

We only buy debt that has been pre-qualified by our partners to meet at least one of these three criteria. 

We never collect on debt we purchase, only forgive it.

No. With your help, we abolish medical debt permanently. Recipients have no adverse tax consequences, obligations, or strings attached.

For those whose medical debts are forgiven, the forgiveness is a gift from a detached and disinterested third party (RIP) as an act of generosity, so forgiveness of the debt does not count as income to the debtor. We will not file a Form 1099-C with the IRS.

Due to HIPAA laws, RIP Medical Debt cannot disclose the names of the debt relief beneficiaries.

RIP Medical Debt cannot relieve debt by individual request.

While we would love to help everyone who needs assistance, RIP Medical Debt cannot abolish medical debt for specific individuals. We approach the problem of medical debt by acquiring large portfolios of debt to help thousands of people at once.

Because medical debt affects so many people who may not have debt accounts in the portfolios we purchase, we have compiled a list of resources that may be able to help in ways RIP Medical Debt cannot.

Campaign Created ByAthens YDSA
Campaign Created ByRIP Medical Debt
Campaign Created ByGeorge Hofheimer