Twitter unites to support early onset dementia patient

Twitter unites to support early onset dementia patient
Photo credit: Twitter. Kelli Taylor

A photograph of a US couple and their story of early onset dementia has inspired Twitter users into fundraising $30,000.

The crowdfunding effort came after Kelli Taylor tweeted a photograph of her parents, along with their heart-wrenching story.

"My parents have been married for 34 years. My mom is in the final stages of young onset dementia (diagnosed 5 years ago at 53)," Ms Taylor explained.

"She doesn't always remember his name but she knows she is safe with him."

The photograph of Phyllis and Stan Taylor was retweeted 118,000 times and liked 618,000 times.

Twitter users then opened their wallets and donated to a GoFundMe page posted by Ms Taylor.

The 'Phyllis fund' donations exceeded the goal of US$13,000 (NZ$18,500), with the Twittersphere raising more than US$21,000 (NZ$30,000).

The funds will go towards Phyllis' medical care, which is steadily increasing in cost.

Kelli Taylor has thanked Twitter users for their generosity.