Cassandra Honn Nelson

$32,176 of $40k goal

Raised by 343 people in 10 months
Patrick Nelson
on behalf of Eric Nelson
 MERIDIAN, ID
On Saturday evening (June 18), Cassandra Honn Nelson suffered a stress-induced cardiomyopathy – also known as broken-heart syndrome.  A portion of her heart became paralyzed and prevented the rest of the heart from circulating blood to her body.  Her brain went without oxygen for over 20 minutes.

Cassie was rushed to the hospital and remains in critical condition.  Doctors say that because Cassie's brain went without oxygen for so long, she suffered severe brain damage and it's unlikely that she will ever come out of her coma.  Cassie is only 35 years old and has always been very healthy. She has no history of heart or health problems. We are all in shock and devasted.

Cassie married my brother, Eric, 13 years ago and is the love of his life.  They are best friends and make a perfect match.  Cassie and Eric have a 3 and a half year old daughter named Scout whom they adore.

Cassie is such a wonderful person.  She is a devoted wife, caring mother and a dear friend.  She is smart, graceful, empathetic, supportive and has a great sense of humor.  She is extremely talented and artistic too.  (Check out her photography at http://linenlacephotography.com/)

Please help us take care of Cassie, Eric and Scout.  There will be enormous medical expenses regardless of Cassie's outcome.  We hope to use any proceeds from this fundraiser for Cassie's physical therapy needs, although we fear we may be planning a funeral.  We'll also use the proceeds to take care of Scout (child care expenses, college education fund, etc.)  

All donations will be very helpful for Eric and Scout and will go directly to them.

Thank you for your support and kindness.
-Patrick
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Update 4
Posted by Patrick Nelson
9 months ago
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Hi all,

Cassie's funeral was today. It was a beautiful and touching day. Friends and family traveled from all across the country to attend and pay their respects to Cassie. The remarks expressed by those who spoke today were consistent: Cassie was a beautiful person inside and out. She is sorely missed, but knowing and loving her makes us better people.

Thank you all so much for your love and support during the past 3 weeks. Your donations are appreciated beyond words. Nothing can ever replace Cassie, but your kindness and generosity helps alleviate some of the financial burden associated with the tragedy.

Patrick
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Update 3
Posted by Patrick Nelson
9 months ago
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Cassie's obituary...

Cassandra “Cassie” Lyn Nelson, age 35, passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2016. Cassie unexpectedly went into full cardiac arrest on June 18, 2016, after suffering from either a spontaneous coronary artery dissection or a stress-induced cardiomyopathy, sometimes called “broken heart syndrome.” Cassie clung to life for 12 days before passing away with her husband by her side.

Born April 28, 1981, Cassie is the daughter of Barbara Carlton Honn and the late Douglas Hugh Honn; beloved wife of Eric Frank Nelson and adoring mother of Scout Olivia Nelson; youngest and cherished sibling of Scott (Beth) Honn, Cortland (Robbie) Honn, Jason (Sheri) Honn, Amanda Honn Fuhriman, and Tyler (Tiffany) Honn; aunt to many treasured nieces and nephews.

Cassie grew up in Emmett, Idaho, where she loved the country landscape, open fields, rivers and canals. Friends and family, referring to her elegance, grace and beauty, dubbed her “the rose of Emmett.” Also an incredible athlete, Cassie excelled in basketball, volleyball and softball.

Cassie graduated from BYU-Idaho, where she met her husband, Eric. They married August 20, 2003, in Boise, Idaho, and shared 13 extraordinary years of love and life together. They lived in Omaha, Nebraska; Washington, D.C.; Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands; and Boise, Idaho. Cassie worked and excelled at web design. She volunteered countless hours as she served youth groups in both Saipan and Boise, and was loved by all she encountered and mentored. From Saipan, Cassie and Eric traveled to Tinian, Rota, Guam, Bali, Philippines, Japan, and Korea. Together, they also explored Greece, Italy, Croatia, Mexico, San Francisco, Idaho, and Arizona, while Cassie nurtured her budding photography hobby.

On October 27, 2012, after waiting more than eight years for a baby, Cassie finally assumed her most treasured role: mother to baby girl Scout, named after a favorite literary character.

With a raw talent and eye for beauty, Cassie was a self-taught and highly sought after natural light photographer, recently launching her own photography business, Linen and Lace Photography, in Boise, Idaho.

Memorial services include a viewing on Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 5:30-8:00 p.m at Summers Funeral Home at 3629 E. Ustick Road, Meridian, ID, and a funeral service on Friday, July 8, 2016 at 10:00 a.m at Chateau des Fleurs, 176 S. Rosebud Ln, Eagle, ID, immediately followed by a graveside service.

Our hearts are broken as we say goodbye, but we are thankful we had Cassie for 35 incredible, adventurous, and beautiful years. We hold out hope that our journeys in life will sail us back to her.
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Update 2
Posted by Patrick Nelson
10 months ago
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Hi all,

Cassie passed away late Thursday evening. She was taken off life support a week earlier and held on longer than we expected. It was another very sad day, but we're happy that we got one last week with her. Her funeral has been rescheduled to next Friday, July 8, at Chateau des Fleurs in Eagle, ID. Chateau is a beautiful venue and was one of Cassie's favorite spots for her photo shoots.

This afternoon, we went with Eric to look at burial plots at a few different cemeteries. Family and friends have been amazing with their support and help with the funeral planning. Cassie's obituary will be published soon in a couple newspapers and on Facebook.

Thank you all so much for your support. We reached our fundraising goal in a week and these donations will help mitigate a large financial burden for Eric and Scout.

Patrick
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Posted by Patrick Nelson
10 months ago
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All,
Thank you so much for the overwhelming support you are giving to Cassie, Eric and Scout. You are an amazing group of friends. Most of you have probably already seen Eric's Facebook post, but I thought I'd give an update as well...

Cassie was taken off life-support services this afternoon. Eric was holding her hand and she was surrounded by family. Her heart was still beating and she was breathing on her own. And she looks beautiful- you wouldn't think she has been on life support for the past few days! We don't know how long her body will hang on... for a few hours or a few days. The room was very somber, but peaceful as we said our final goodbyes. Eric will stay with her this afternoon.

Her funeral will likely be on Saturday, July 2, but arrangements have not been finalized yet.

Thanks again for all of you support through this tragic situation. Your love and friendship are incredibly meaningful to Eric and his family. You obviously hate to think about the financial impact during these kind of tragedies, but your generous donations will greatly lighten that burden.

-Patrick
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Preston Thomson
10 months ago
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Patrick, thank you for getting this up and going. Thank you for allowing us to share in the efforts to show Cassie, Eric, and Scout support and love. You have a wonderful family, and your love for your brother is inspiring.

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Bethany Grace
10 months ago
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All of my love to you and your beautiful family!

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Grant Morgan
10 months ago
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Thank you for setting this up Patrick. Nothing but love and support for Eric and Cass, the family, and our friends who will always claim them as our own family. We love them so much!

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Tonya Robertson
10 months ago

We are friends of Tyler's and it broke our hearts to hear of this trial for your family. Thinking of you and praying for you.

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$32,176 of $40k goal

Raised by 343 people in 10 months
Created June 22, 2016
Patrick Nelson  
on behalf of Eric Nelson
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Amy Gneiting
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Sending my regards, thoughts, and prayers!!!!

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Maurice Johnson
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Brother, God Bless you and your family.

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Preston Thomson
10 months ago
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Patrick, thank you for getting this up and going. Thank you for allowing us to share in the efforts to show Cassie, Eric, and Scout support and love. You have a wonderful family, and your love for your brother is inspiring.

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Bethany Grace
10 months ago
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All of my love to you and your beautiful family!

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Grant Morgan
10 months ago
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Thank you for setting this up Patrick. Nothing but love and support for Eric and Cass, the family, and our friends who will always claim them as our own family. We love them so much!

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Tonya Robertson
10 months ago

We are friends of Tyler's and it broke our hearts to hear of this trial for your family. Thinking of you and praying for you.

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