Edwards Gets Outpouring Of Support Following Cancer Announcement

John Edwards NC Senator

Elizabeth Edwards' diagnosis of incurable cancer has triggered a nationwide outpouring of support, including a surge of donations to her husband's presidential campaign.

The amount of money given to Edwards' campaign via the Internet has jumped by about 50 percent since the couple announced last week that Elizabeth Edwards' cancer had returned.

Since last Thursday, Edwards has collected about 540-thousand dollars online. It initially took Edwards two months to reach his early online fundraising goal of one million dollars.

Chief campaign fundraiser Fred Baron said yesterday that he's "confident" the campaign will surpass its overall fundraising goal of seven-point-four million dollars in the first quarter.

Totals for the quarter will be released in federal campaign finance reports in mid-April.