I was deeply saddened to learn
that last week the entire Serrano family was involved in an automobile accident
that claimed the lives of sisters Diana
and Melanie Romero Serrano, ages 17 and
6. They were traveling home from
visiting relatives in Mexico when, only miles from the Texas border, a tire
blew out on their Expedition and their SUV rolled over. Mom and sister Nubia survived
uninjured while their father sustained head injuries.
The Serrano family had been our
neighbors for many years and my daughter, Marlene, was best friends with
Melanie who would of turned 7 this September.
Melanie was a shy, sweet and smart girl who loved to dress up and play
“Rockstar” with Marlene. Diana seemed
to be a lot like her mom, Lidia, she had that same joy for life that sparkled
in her eyes and I know her mom was so proud of her for graduating from
Gaithersburg High School this past June.
I have started this fund because I felt
flowers and a card are just not enough for this immense tragedy. I have had many sleepless nights wondering
what I could do for the Serrano family….and then it occurred to me. They were hours away from the relatives in
Mexico that they were visiting, and very far from Gaithersburg, Maryland. At this point I have no idea if a funeral is
going to be held in Mexico or Maryland, but I do know that the out of pocket
expenses that this double tragedy will incur will surely be a major financial burden. Funerals in the U.S. can run between $10,000 to $20,000 and then you have to times
it by two. Even if the girls are buried
in Mexico, I am sure it will be thousands.
Not to mention their “out of network” hospital bills, unexpected hotel
stays, loss of a vehicle, loss of wages, etc.
You can see how quickly the financial
burden can add up—it’s like pouring salt on open wounds. So I am calling upon the community to come to
their support, support they have not asked for, but support that says: “we
cannot comprehend what it would be like to feel your sorrow so this is the
least we can do”.
I am asking all friends, teachers,
co-workers, acquaintances and anyone else who can feel the pain that this
family must endure to please donate what you can and support them in their
darkest hours. ANY amount is good. 100% of donations will go directly to their
family to help with the memorial costs.
Please share this page and this cause.
Diana and Melanie – you will be forever
in our hearts.