Jennifer Neal Wood Family Fund
I am asking for assistance due to the abrupt loss of my mother, Jennifer. She was involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident on Christmas morning. I am a graduate student who is now responsible for all of the associated funeral costs for my mother, as well as the cost of assuming guardianship responsibilities of my siblings. Jennifer was a single mother who is survived by three children, myself – 23, Kileigh – 11, and Will – 6.
There are no savings, no insurance, and no assistance available to help me meet these needs. The immediate expenses I am faced with include funeral services and legal fees. Future expenses are vast and unknown. Thank you for your consideration and generosity.
I would like to take this time to share some exciting updates regarding the children and other recent news.
As some of you may know, Will was very excited to have turned 7 this past Monday. We were delighted to help him celebrate by throwing him a party at Chuck E. Cheese’s with some family and a few friends. He had a blast gaming away, earning tickets and eating his fill of extra cheesy pizza. If you were to ask him his favorite moment from the event he would be sure to tell you all about the “ticket blaster” and how many tickets he and his big sister Kileigh were able to snatch out of the air.
Kileigh is happy to be reunited with her friends at school and thrilled to be practicing gymnastics again. She was sure to let me know as soon as I made it home how close she was to perfecting her aerial (a no-handed cartwheel for those who don’t know.) We are very proud of her and how well she has handled all the change in her life while still managing to improve academically and in her sport.
I would also like to give a special thanks to The Auburn Plainsman, Auburn University’s school newspaper for their article featuring our story. I cannot say enough about how incredibly supportive the Auburn family has been and continues to be. Friends and strangers alike have gone out of their way to help us in any way they can and have offered everything from financial support to long term care of the children.
Again, I'd like to extend a big thank you to each and every person who has helped us during this time.
Once again I’d like to stress just how thankful we are to have the love and support of so many. Family, friends, and generous strangers have pulled together to help us make the best of this tragic situation. Because of your help things are looking much brighter for us and I would like to share with you some of our plans and updates.
I’m especially thankful for family members at home who have selflessly offered to care for Kileigh and Will while I complete my degree. This will allow the children to stay in the same schools and continue their lives with as little change as possible. Kileigh and Will are both doing well and are excited to start school back this week. We are thrilled to have the finances and transportation to get Kileigh back into gymnastics. As for Will, he is really looking forward to his 7th birthday coming up in two weeks.
As for myself, I’m very blessed to have the opportunity to return to Pharmacy school in Auburn next week. This will allow me to complete my degree in a timely manner, enabling me to return home as quickly as possible with the means to support my family’s needs.
None of this would have been possible without all the care and support you all have offered. I don’t know where we would be without so many loving family and friends. I am forever in your debt and I sincerely look forward to thanking each of you personally.
When we first considered creating this GoFundMe page we had hoped to raise enough money to cover funeral home fees and possibly some legal expenses. Now thanks to all of you we are able to set our sights higher than we every imagined.
As I’ve touch on before, we were left with no savings or insurance of any kind. Any financial responsibility for the children was completely up in the air. Until now..
Now you all have given us hope that not only will our immediate needs be cared for, but Kileigh and Will’s future can be brighter than ever imagined. Theses funds will now be there to assure that they have everything they need to grow and flourish in the years to come.
I am so incredibly grateful for all of the help that has been offered for the kids. I would like to assure you all that they are doing well and let you know that arrangements have been made for their short term care. Long term care is still being discussed as we consider every possible option available and what would be best for them as I finish my degree and prepare to begin my career.
I have also received many comments and questions concerning information about the funeral. The family has decided to opt for a smaller more informal memorial service. I would like to invite family and close friends of Jennifer’s to join us at the PARA ballpark Pace community center located on Chumuckla Hwy from 12:00 to 2:00 PM on Wednesday, December 30th. Many of you have offered to send flowers and they would be more than welcome at the memorial service. The address is 5976 Chumuckla Hwy, Pace, FL 32571.
We are beyond blessed to have the support we have been given and I can’t thank you all enough for everything that has been done for my family in this time of need.
I can not begin to express how grateful I am for all the love and support my family has received. At this time there are many immediate orders of business to take care of, so regrettably, I'm not able to reach out and personally thank each of you just yet. But I wanted to post an update to let you all know how forever grateful we all are for all of your overwhelming support; not only financially but through all the services and care that have been offered to us.
We are beyond blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful people and I am delighted to know just how many of you are there for us in this time of need.
I will do my best to reach out to everyone that has offered us help and will be sure to keep you all updated as we move forward.
Kasandra I am in New Orleans. I read about your Mom and cried. I am a mother of 4 and my older daughter is 22. I am praying for you and believe you to be such a courageous and amazing young woman. God is going to help you. If you ever get to New Orleans please look me up. I will continue to donate and pray for you and your brother and sister. Thank you for the updates! Mary
Wow words cannot bring your mother back God is there with u at all times reading all these comments I'm crying for you sweetie I live in Texas but we have family in Florida in west palm beach if you ever need anything ask may god watch over u and brother and sister god will guild you don't give up your mother is now a angel watching over u may god bless u love the murphy family
Try griefshare.org It helped me tremendously when i lost my mom five years ago.
I am so sorry for your loss. You're an amazing person stepping up to care for your siblings. Good luck with everything. I am confident that you'll do fine. You and your family are in my thoughts.
All three of you are special to God and all of us that really care. We can do all we can to help you with money, prayers and sentiments and God does what he does best and that is to keep His promise that he will never leave you or forsake you and you can always trust and count on Him. There is healing and God's sustaining Power and new beginnings for all three of you. That same god that created all things and holds the universe is the same God that will hold you and keep you close to Him. Please do keep us inform of all that God is doing to bless you. I saw your post under mine on facebook and I also have a new go fund me campaign going so I just had to come and share a few words with you and let you know that i do care very much for all of you. by for now.
Kasandra, I'm so sorry for your loss honey...so many things make it more tragic for y'all. I realize that and am paying for y'all. Caroline Welch put your need on theprayerchain on Facebook. I will also share your story to my network of friends. My go to verse is always Romans 8:28 ...I know you can handle this...it will be difficult some days, but you'll make it. Big hug!!
So so sorry. Prayers for so much. Please check with Social Security. And DCF. The children should be able to get benefits that will help some.
Prayers for you and your siblings. Your Auburn DZ Alum sisters are here for you. PC '1994