The Colleen Celia Fund

$36,410 of $50k goal

Raised by 582 people in 35 months




On January 15th, 2014, Colleen Celia passed away due to complications during childbirth. She left behind her husband, Paul Celia, her children, Dallas, 14, Adrian, 9 and Jocelyn, 6, and a brand new baby girl, Mya Rose. She was only 32 years old.

Her family and friends are devastated by this tragedy. It was less than a year ago that we were celebrating at their wedding, admiring their hopeful smiles as they embarked on their new life as a family. Paul wasn't just marrying the woman of his dreams, he was committing himself to her children, and the joy on their faces as she walked down the aisle showed us that they loved him too. They were all so happy to be together. They were looking forward to the new baby to complete their loving family. Now Paul is bringing that baby home without Colleen. He is a single father who wants more than anything to keep the children together, in their new house, as Colleen would have wanted.

He needs our help.

They were a two-income household and now they are one. The last thing they should have to worry about is whether they can afford to stay together.

Please give whatever you can to help this family. We cannot ease their grief, or bring back their beautiful wife and mother. But we can help keep the burden of financial hardship from making it worse.

Colleen was a vibrant, ambitious young woman who loved reading and writing poetry, photography, and music. She was a fun-loving and devoted mother to her children. Her smile lit up the room and her laugh was spontaneous and strong, the sort of laugh that turned heads, and made you want to laugh along with her. She was loyal, opinionated and strong. She would have done anything for the people she loved. Help us to honor Colleen's life by giving to the family she worked so hard to bring together.


Born in Brockton, Feb. 21, 1981, a daughter of Joan (Carey) Proffit of Weymouth and Raymond Romero and his wife Barbara (Brockway) Romero of Easton, she was raised and educated in Easton and received an associate's degree from Massasoit Community College in Brockton. Colleen worked as a patient service coordinator for Vanguard Medical of Braintree. She previously worked as a personal trainer for Boston Sports Club. In addition to her husband Paul and her parents, she is survived by her children, Dallas, Adrian, Jocelyn, and her newborn child Mya Rose; her siblings, Bruce, Susan, Nicole, David and the late James; and her paternal grandfather, Ramon Romero of Brockton. She was also the paternal granddaughter of the late Ruth (Otero) Romero and maternal granddaughter of the late Thomas and Helena Carey. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and co-workers.
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Update 6
Posted by Lisa Carey
23 months ago
Today it has been a year since we lost Colleen. Her daughter Mya Rose is a healthy, happy, beautiful munchkin with six teeth and her mother's smile. Thank you to everyone who reached out to her family this last year. We are profoundly grateful.
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Update 5
Posted by Lisa Carey
31 months ago
New Day: The Family Fun/Game Day and Versatility Show has been changed to SUNDAY, April 27th at Acres, 10 Rogers Path, Middleboro.

This benefit horse show is open to all types of riders, from equitation and pleasure to trail and versatility. There will also be a large silent auction, bake table, face painting, pony rides, and food. Learn more now at http://show4kids.webs.com/.
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Update 4
Posted by Lisa Carey
32 months ago
Thank you all for your continued support. Just wanted to update you on one of the fundraisers.

New Location: The Family Fun/Game Day and Versatility Show on April 26 has been moved to Balmy Acres, 10 Rogers Path, Middleboro.

This benefit horse show is open to all types of riders, from equitation and pleasure to trail and versatility. There will also be a large silent auction, bake table, face painting, pony rides, and food. Learn more now at http://show4kids.webs.com/.
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Update 3
Posted by Lisa Carey
33 months ago
Thanks to all for the continued support. We wanted to let you know about a number of events have been set up to support this fund.

Local residents are invited to attend the Family Fun/Game Day and Versatility Show on April 26 at 60 Plymouth St. in Carver. This benefit horse show is open to all types of riders, from equitation and pleasure to trail and versatility. There will also be a large silent auction, bake table, face painting, pony rides, and food. Learn more now at http://show4kids.webs.com/.

For the second fundraiser, supporters are asked to join the Colleen A. Celia 5K Memorial Run/Walk on July 19. The event begins at the Henry Burkland Elementary School in Middleboro. To register today, visit http://www.southshoreracemgmt.com/colleen-celia-memorial-5k"”;-july-19-2014.html. You can also learn about the various race sponsorship opportunities, available in number of different levels, by contacting South Shore Race Management at southshorerace@hotmail.com or 781-820-6161.

More to come!

Lisa
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Erin Celia
34 months ago

That was a wonderful morning surprise. Rick Seaver - I would like you talk with you about the bike run!

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Rick Seaver
35 months ago

The Laura Gorman 6th bike run wants to have this years run for Coleen! We are in Weymouth

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Patrice Rateau
35 months ago

My continued prayers are with you and your family!!!

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James Ducharme
35 months ago

Sorry about your loss dallas + family

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Marly Rateau
35 months ago

My prayers are with the Celia family at this difficult time. May The Lord Jesus Christ help guide Paul as he raise these beautiful children. Stay strong.

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Lisa Carey
35 months ago

Thank you for all your kind words. Megin, please email me (through the fund site) about other sorts of donations and I can put you in touch with people who can help coordinate it. Lisa

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Melissa Peart
35 months ago

Such a sad story. I watched this on the news this morning and couldn't stop thinking about her children left behind. My deepest sympany to all of her family and friends.

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Megin Evans Brooks
35 months ago

will The Family Accept Donations Of Formula, Diapers, Clothes,Etc? And Where These Could Be Sent. My Thoughts And Prayers ArE With Colleen's Family And Friends DurinG ThIs Difficult Time.

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Michelle Burkett
35 months ago

Thank you Lisa for getting this started. I will be sure to share all info with as many people as I can. They will need the help for years to come and thats what people need to remember. God bless this amazing family and may they be allowed to grow together.

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Kristinas Show
35 months ago

GOD bless you P.J Love u

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$36,410 of $50k goal

Raised by 582 people in 35 months
Created January 20, 2014
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$30
Natalia Billings
24 months ago
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$300
Carlos Fleming
25 months ago
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$100
Finneus Egan
28 months ago

Healing wishes!

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Adam Glass
28 months ago
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Mitchell Ursetta
28 months ago
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$100
Mason Bell
28 months ago
$40
Anonymous
28 months ago
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$50
Edward McGrady
28 months ago
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$100
Mike & Emery McCabe
28 months ago

In support of Tommy Carey's run.

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$100
Chris Dinan
28 months ago

I still can't believe Tommy ran a 5K! All my best to the family.

Erin Celia
34 months ago

That was a wonderful morning surprise. Rick Seaver - I would like you talk with you about the bike run!

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Rick Seaver
35 months ago

The Laura Gorman 6th bike run wants to have this years run for Coleen! We are in Weymouth

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Patrice Rateau
35 months ago

My continued prayers are with you and your family!!!

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James Ducharme
35 months ago

Sorry about your loss dallas + family

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Marly Rateau
35 months ago

My prayers are with the Celia family at this difficult time. May The Lord Jesus Christ help guide Paul as he raise these beautiful children. Stay strong.

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Lisa Carey
35 months ago

Thank you for all your kind words. Megin, please email me (through the fund site) about other sorts of donations and I can put you in touch with people who can help coordinate it. Lisa

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Melissa Peart
35 months ago

Such a sad story. I watched this on the news this morning and couldn't stop thinking about her children left behind. My deepest sympany to all of her family and friends.

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Megin Evans Brooks
35 months ago

will The Family Accept Donations Of Formula, Diapers, Clothes,Etc? And Where These Could Be Sent. My Thoughts And Prayers ArE With Colleen's Family And Friends DurinG ThIs Difficult Time.

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Michelle Burkett
35 months ago

Thank you Lisa for getting this started. I will be sure to share all info with as many people as I can. They will need the help for years to come and thats what people need to remember. God bless this amazing family and may they be allowed to grow together.

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Kristinas Show
35 months ago

GOD bless you P.J Love u

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