$11,840 of $13,582 goal

Raised by 215 people in 10 months


Dear friends,

Alicia is a smart and beautiful 15 year old girl who is clinging for life at the PICU at the Salah Foundation for Children's Hospital in Broward County, Fl, after being hit by a car on Friday, November 3rd, as she was crossing the street with her best friend. 

Her prognosis is not very good unfortunately. She is currently on life support with multiple fractures and her parents and 4 siblings are hopeless at this time. She has irreversible loss of brain function and doctors say she has no chance of living. We still don't know what the future holds for this beautiful girl and her family, but they are devout Christians who are losing their most precious gift. As very close family friends, we are pleading with you to help this family by providing her parents the financial relief they so desperately need so they can be by her side without external burdens. Her mom, Isabel, is a hardworking and caring nanny and housekeeper, her dad, Pedro, fixes computers. They live day to day and have 4 other wonderful children to take care of. 

Our hope with this fundraiser is to raise as much money as we can so this family can focus on Alicia and their own emotional healing.

The heartbreak that this family is living through cannot be explained with words. But we can give them a glimpse  of hope by uniting, praying and donating.

Thanks so much for your gift.

EDITED ON 11/11/17: I have been asked by gofundme to give more details about the campaign and myself, so here it goes!

My name is Paula Zagarra and I am from Bogota, Colombia. I was born in Pittsburgh, PA. I know Alicia through her mom, who has worked for me and my family for years in Broward County, FL. She is my kids nanny and helps with housework. She is like family to me. I love and care for her very much.

Hearing the news of Alicia's tragic accident changed my perspective on life, which is why a friend and I felt compelled to help them. Alicia's parents live paycheck to paycheck and will 100% need any funds that come their way. The funds received will be used to cover Alicia's funeral expenses. The remaining collected funds (if any), will be donated to the family. We have learned today that her funeral is going to cost around $11,472.00.

I will be withdrawing the funds and will personally go to the funeral home on Thursday to pay the service of around $5,000. The reason why I say "around" is because we will be finalizing details with the family tomorrow and we estimate it will be within the $5,000 range. The family visited two funeral homes and chose one of them. They also picked out the casket and other details that will be discussed tomorrow. The remaining funds will be put inside an envelope and will be given to the family.

The family also visited a couple of cemeteries today and chose one spot. The cemetery had to be paid in advance, so I have already paid that and will be reimbursed once I withdraw from this fund. The total costs of the cemetery were $6,472.00.

The reason why I am withdrawing and managing these funds is because the family asked me to. They are heartbroken and stressed and grieving, and they really don't want to think about money at the moment.

This family is so amazing and full of faith and hope that they deserve this financial help and so much more! I am so humbled by them, that this is the least I could do for them.

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Alicia was laid to rest this morning beneath a beautiful tree, surrounded by wonderful friends and family. There were lots of tears, but also lots of love. God’s presence was everywhere, it was palpable, you could almost see Him.

Thank you for your contributions. We were able to spare Alicia’s parents from the huge expense of her funeral. They were able to focus their energy on each other, on their kids, on the many friends and family members that came to be with them. They are doing ok.

“It is the heart that does the giving; the fingers only let go.”

Dear friends, thank you so much for letting go.
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Dear friends,

We have raised over $10,000! Unbelievable! Thank you so much to all who have donated and shared, this is truly remarkable!

We are still a bit short on funds, but are so positive that we will achieve our goal. We are attaching some photos of the actual cemetery and funeral home costs. As you can see in the pictures, the viewing service plus the burial added up to 13,582.30.

If gofundme allows, I am going to change the goal to this exact amount needed. At this point, we don’t need a penny more than what you see in the pictures.

Alicia is going to have a beautiful service and a beautiful burial. She is going to be surrounded by so much love, and she’s going to have a beautiful white casket, and pink and white flowers, and a candle ceremony, prayer cards and thank you notes. And she is going to have all this thanks to YOU. To Marta, who donated the funds specifically for her flowers, thank you.

There are no words...

Thanks so much for your support.

(Details were edited for privacy)
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Carta de los padres:

Bendecimos a cada una de las personas que por este medio nos han apoyado! Estamos muy agradecidos y nuestras oraciones son para que reciban multiplicada la ayuda que con mucho amor recibimos!

Letter from the parents:

We bless each and every one of the people that have supported us! We are very thankful and our prayers are so that you may receive multiplied the help that with much love we receive!

Thanks so much, supporters, for your kind words, generosity and prayers.
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Hello supporters,

We are so grateful for your contributions. We are very close to reaching the funeral costs which will be in the $11,500 range. The funeral details will be finalized today. Once I have the family’s permission, I will post the location for all of you who would like to pay your respects. Please remember that any and all left over funds will go directly to the family so they can have a little financial break to heal. That is the reason why the goal goes beyond just the funeral expenses. We want to make sure they won’t worry about paying their rent and their kid’s food for a while as they begin their healing.

Yesterday I spoke with the funeral director after they had left. She mentioned how amazed she was that they were filled with peace. She confessed she had expected the parents to be absolutely devastated, but to her surprise, they were so serene. I am so proud of them for keeping it together under the circumstances. I know I am definitely not that strong.

Thanks again for your comments, donations and shares. I am beyond grateful that we are so close to be able to pay the funeral costs. So grateful that Alicia’s parents won’t have to worry about this. And it is all because of YOU!

God bless you!
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