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Helping Ellis, Adieline and Ashley

$92,617 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 494 people in 17 months
Created January 22, 2018
Friends and family, it is with a broken heart that we create this page. As many of you know, our beautiful Steven Allen Ridge, suffered a heart attack on Saturday, January 13th at the young age of 41. After spending many sleepless nights meeting with the trauma team and the tremendous staff of doctors, cardiologists, and neurologists at University Medical Center in New Orleans, it was made clear to us that there would be no recovery from this unbelievable and far-too-soon tragedy. He passed away peacefully Sunday morning, January 21st with Ashley and his mother Brenda by his side, friends and family surrounding him.

We have been searching for a blessing during this entire impossible week, and if there can be one, it is that his beautiful life will help save another. It is with great pride we are able to share that Steven was registered as a donor. Upon his passing, the team at University Medical Center began the process of finding matches for his gifts, just as he wanted.  

The most tragic part of our Steven’s passing is his leaving behind Ashley, Ellis Van Allen Ridge (2) and Adieline Mae Ridge (6 months). It is our hope that donations, no matter the amount, can help ease the financial burden for three beautiful souls for the near future. Sadly, he was without life insurance. And any amount will go toward covering the considerable medical costs of Steven’s time in ICU, help provide financial assistance to Ashley over the next six months, and establish a financial foundation for Ellis Van Allen Ridge and Adieline Mae Ridge to have the brightest possible futures.

This is the hardest thing any of us has ever been through. Steven touched hundreds of lives and there is no way we could keep going without each of your phone calls, your flowers, your text messages and offers to help. Each one of you are our angels and we are forever changed by your kindness and love.

From the depth of our whole hearts and with so much love, we thank you.

If you prefer to support Ashley directly, contact any one of us.

Sincerely,
Esa, Mark, Melissa, Nick and on behalf of Ashley, Ellis and Adieline
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All my friends and loved ones. I just wanted to thank you for your continued support and love. I have been trying to personally thank you all but I want you to know that the donations you have given have helped secure Ellis, Adieline’s and l’s futures. We can stay in our home. I can sleep a little better at night knowing this. I know that this is going to be a long road ahead, but you all have helped carve out a path that is less bumpy, less curvy, and more stable. I love you all from the depths of my soul.
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We can't begin to express the gratitude for the support you've all shown toward Ashley, Ellis and Adieline. Many of you have gone above and far beyond anything we could possibly imagine. And for that, we are forever grateful.

But we'd like to ask one more favor. And it's an important one.

As we were gathering our thoughts and penning words for Steven's memorial service, so many of you had stories, anecdotes, and wonderful memories of Steven, even if it was just a brief time together.

What our collective heart breaks most for is that these two beautiful little babies won't have the chance to know the measure of this great man.

Once they're a little older, we'd like to give them a glimpse into what their dad was like through anyone who has ever crossed paths with him. We believe it will invaluable to them as they navigate the future, finding their own ways forward.

Whether you knew him well, or just had a brief encounter, we ask that you please share any memory you have of him.

It could be a moment in time, a short story, a joke, an adventure, how he made you feel, something he taught you, a trip you took, how impressed you were that he could actually pull off a bowtie, anything. The more the merrier. (You don't have to be a great writer.) You just need to get it out on a page and send it to us. We'll take care of the rest.

Our hope is that it might serve as a small guide post for answering questions they'll have about how their dad lived, loved, laughed and the people he affected along the way.

Please email me directly. If you would, please include your name, how you knew him, and as many or as few things as you care to share.

ADWRITERX@GMAIL.COM

Thank you again for the incredible show of support. Sincerely,
Mark (Steven's brother-in-law)
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$92,617 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 494 people in 17 months
Created January 22, 2018
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