Headstone for Colin Muilenburg

$3,150 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 28 months
No one should have to write a check to pay for their own child's headstone. The unexpected, sudden death of 13 year old Colin Muilenburg from an undiagnosed aortic aneurysm this past summer -- just as he was on the cusp of finally surmounting his kidney disease with a successful transplant, is a parent's worst nightmare.

As if that isn't enough, then there is a cost to losing your child.

Imagine having hospital bills for failed life-saving measures, funeral expenses, and then a headstone because an unmarked grave just compounds the injustice of it all. It's hard enough to contemplate what you want on your child's headstone, let alone having to write a check for it.

As a family friend trying to offer floaties in their ocean of grief to keep them from drowning in sorrow, I realized that maybe having compassionate friends cover the cost of the headstone would be a light in the darkness of their journey. I'm hoping we can quickly raise $3,000 so they will not have to write that awful check when it comes due.

Erin is at the Fair Oaks Cemetery every week trying to cover the dirt that marks her son's final resting place with flowers and orange butterflies (her spiritual symbol that Colin is still with her). Seeing an unmarked grave only compounds her pain, but she cannot bear to make his passing final by ordering a headstone.

Let's take care of this so Erin, Chad, Zach, and Josh don't have to and can dwell instead on the wonderful memories of their son and brother.

Thank you,
Kelli Wheeler

(the picture above is of Colin 2 days before he died having chocolate again for the first time in 2 years thanks to a successful kidney transplant)
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Thank you everyone so much who donated to this cause! Your immediate response and generosity helped reach the goal of paying for Colin's headstone in just a few days! Here's a note from Erin and Chad:
We are both so completely overwhelmed with gratitude to all those who contributed to this idea. Words are inadequate to express how much we appreciate everyone's kindness. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts (and Colin's too). This has been an incredible blessing during a time of overwhelming pain and loss of our sweet Colin.
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Thank you so much to everyone who read Momservations' "A Call to Help a Grieving Mother" and made a donation to help cover the cost of Colin Muilenberg's headstone in an effort to help his grieving parents. Please consider sharing this GoFundMe page with friends who may not have read the blog but would like to help the Muilenburg's in some way. Erin and Chad have been incredibly touched by this effort. Let's make this a check they won't have to write.
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$3,150 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 28 months
Created October 5, 2016
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