Bring Mom Home for Mother's Day

$60,229 of $157k goal

Raised by 718 people in 27 months
Anna Marie Cruz   LAKEWOOD, CA
On February 19th, 2014, my mom Constancia Cruz collapsed in Seoul International Airport while waiting for a flight home from the Philippines to California. She was immediately rushed to the local hospital and diagnosed with septic shock, a serious condition that severely impacted her vital organs.

Her husband and my father, Pedro, headed to Korea to be with his beloved wife of nearly 50 years, and my 5 siblings and I also traveled to be by her side. Multiple treatments were administered - including cardiac bypass surgery, hemodialysis, and respiratory support. But after 76 arduous days in Intensive Care, our mother's health continued to deteriorate. And on April 28th at 2:19 pm, surrounded by my father and 2 siblings, she took her last breath.

Even with medical insurance coverage, nothing could have prepared our family for complications of international emergency care. After already paying $90,000 up front, of which only a fraction will be reimbursed, we still have to pay $157,000 to bring her body back home to the United States. We have contacted the U.S. Embassy, who told us they cannot help. In fact, numerous families have faced a similar scenario and were left no option but to leave their loved ones in foreign hospitals. 

We don't want this for my mom. As you can imagine, knowing she is at her desired final resting place would bring us closure and peace of mind.

To claim my mother's remains from the hospital, we have set a goal to raise $157,000, which is what we need to cover the bill. Audacious goal? Maybe. But one of the things I've learned from this experience is that people are truly kind and generous. We have felt the outpouring of love and support in so many ways. And it's in that spirit that I ask for your help. Even if you cannot make a donation, you can spread the word. Help bring our mom "home" this Mother's Day. 

***We love that some of you are honoring your own mothers with a donation. When you donate, please include a comment about why your mom means the world to you. It would make my mom happy and proud to see how much your moms have impacted your lives!***

With sincerest appreciation and thanks,

-Anna Marie on behalf of our family (Pedro, Andrea, Allan, Adrian, Amabelle, Amanda)
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Update: 5/6/14
We have reached an agreement with the hospital and Mom's remains will be released with the understanding we will continue to raise funds toward the full payment of this bill. You are the ones who made this possible...thank you from the bottom of our hearts.





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Update 16
27 months ago
Thank you for being an incredible source of strength, encouragement, and kindness during our family's challenge. As we prepare to say our final goodbye to my mother tomorrow, I want to acknowledge you again for the support you've given us. There are no words for the amount of appreciation and gratitude we feel.

In the last 10 days, we have also sensed the love you have for your own mother/mother figure. For that and as a token of our thanks, we want to give her the spotlight as we approach Mother's Day weekend. Please visit www.bringnanayhome.com and if you haven't already, send me your mother's photo, name, and short paragraph telling me why she means the world to you (in 450 characters or less).

Warmth & Love,
Anna Marie



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Update 15
27 months ago
Our many thanks to you for the gift of bringing our mother home.

Celebrating the Life of Constancia Cruz
-beloved mother, teacher, wife, sister, and friend-

Saturday, May 10th @ 2 pm PST
Church of the Fathers
Forest Lawn - Cypress
4471 Lincoln Avenue
Cypress, CA 90630

Online: http://webcast.funeralrecording.com/events/viewer/5811

www.bringnanayhome.com
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Update 14
27 months ago
Our many thanks to you for the gift of bringing our mother home.

Celebrating the Life of Constancia Cruz
-beloved mother, teacher, wife, sister, and friend-

Church of the Fathers
Forest Lawn - Cypress
4471 Lincoln Avenue
Cypress, CA 90630

Online: http://webcast.funeralrecording.com/events/viewer/5811

www.bringnanayhome.com
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Update 13
27 months ago
These last few months have been a rollercoaster of heartache, hope, and grief. Through it all, my family and I remained steadfast in our efforts to do what's best for Mom. We consulted with a number of international and domestic specialists for her care. We made sure she had the best chances despite all the complications. That's why when we realized we couldn't keep her alive, we were completely devastated ~ even though logically we knew we did everything we could, inside it felt like we let our mom down. Not being able to take her home was another blow that made us feel hopeless.

You became the light that our family needed. You came through without hesitation and responded as if Mom was your own. Whether you've known us for years or barely knew us at all, you were compelled to give and help.

And it worked.

We have officially reached an agreement with the hospital to Bring Mom Home. And it has all been because of you. Every dollar, every share, every post ~ you are the ones who made this possible. After seeing the results of the fundraiser so far, the hospital administrators agreed to make the exception to release Mom's remains with the understanding that we will continue to pay the remaining balance.

May 8th happens to be Mother's Day in Korea, and I'm guessing that part of their goodwill toward us is: just like the rest of us, they, too have moms they love. And perhaps like you, they want us to have our mom back home.

Words cannot possibly convey our feelings at this moment. We are humbled by your generosity and we're forever indebted to you for the kindness and love you've shown us.

We will keep you posted about memorial services as our family makes arrangements.

We wish you a Happy (Early) Mother's Day,
Anna Marie
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Cherrie Cruz
27 months ago

Hi Marie....you mentioned about reaching out to the media. I actually wrote to The Ellen DeGeneres Show and shared to her this link. They said that they have received my message and they will take a look at it. My friend Celia Katz also shared the story to Anderson Cooper and we are both waiting for their response.I think it would be better if you write to them yourself. This is just to let you know that your KABABAYANS are on the very top of this campaign. I pray that you meet the goal and have your Mom home for Mother's Day. Our family expresses our deepest sympathy over the loss of Ate Tancing and may you find comfort in the fact that God is in control of the situation. Much Aloha from our family....

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Josie Curtin
27 months ago

Rest in peace Ate Tancing.

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Josie Curtin
27 months ago

My brother was being invited to dinner by his real estate agent but politely asked to pls donate to this cause instead whatever he will spend for the dinner.AMC we love your mom too.

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Edith Z. Di
27 months ago

Myself and my husband Manny are close friends of Cynthia Cabrera, (Constancia’s sister) we are very on top of this campaign to bring Ana’s mom Home this Mother’s Day. In behalf of our friend Cynthia we thank you for the overwhelming support, donations sharing and posting the link in your wall.. To our Expags (former PAGCOR Employee’s) family, THANK YOU.. WE’VE SHOWN OUR PAG “KAKA-ISA” AGAIN.

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Edith Z. Di
27 months ago

1 John 5:14-15 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” YES WE HAVE THE CONFIDENCE THAT GOD WILL MAKE OUR CAMPAIGN TO BRING OUR FRIEND CYNTHIA'S SISTER HOME FOR MOTHER'S DAY!!!

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Suzi Moore
27 months ago

My mother is the back bone and the guiding light of my family. She has always been there for me as I will always be there for her. Let's bring your mommy home

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Glecy Doscher
27 months ago

I really miss ate Tancing...she may rest in peace..God's love is with all of you....Will pray for ate Tancing and the family.Love u all...

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Terra Maglasang
27 months ago

God Bless You and your family and I pray that your goal is reached.

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Ed Agramon
27 months ago

We will miss you dearly tita Tansing.. rest in peace.

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EC Constantino
27 months ago

Many people had responded to this appeal...THANK YOU LORD FOR THE BIG HEARTS OF THE MANY....Let's continue to let others know how we can help this FAMILY bring their MOTHER home for Mother's Day. We are all bless...

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$60,229 of $157k goal

Raised by 718 people in 27 months
Created April 28, 2014
NG
$100
Nataki Goodall
21 months ago

Belated, and not nearly enough, but sent with love. All the best to you and your family as you continue to heal and grow. -- nataki

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$50
Anonymous
25 months ago
AA
$50
Amy Edens a
26 months ago

Love you!! Meant to send this to you earlier ;-)

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$50
Anonymous
26 months ago
KT
$50
Koz Tsukamoto
26 months ago

Our heartfelt condolences to you and yours Anna Marie. Koz and Stephanie.

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AH
$100
Andre Harsono
26 months ago
$100
Anonymous
26 months ago
LB
$100
Lynn Benedix
26 months ago

I never had the pleasure to meet your mom, but I know she must have been a wonderful lady because Andrea and Bing are so awesome! May the comfort of the Lord be with your whole family.

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RT
$50
Rey Tibayan
26 months ago
PD
$10
Priya Dixit
26 months ago

Your family is our family - love Rena's sister

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Cherrie Cruz
27 months ago

Hi Marie....you mentioned about reaching out to the media. I actually wrote to The Ellen DeGeneres Show and shared to her this link. They said that they have received my message and they will take a look at it. My friend Celia Katz also shared the story to Anderson Cooper and we are both waiting for their response.I think it would be better if you write to them yourself. This is just to let you know that your KABABAYANS are on the very top of this campaign. I pray that you meet the goal and have your Mom home for Mother's Day. Our family expresses our deepest sympathy over the loss of Ate Tancing and may you find comfort in the fact that God is in control of the situation. Much Aloha from our family....

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Josie Curtin
27 months ago

Rest in peace Ate Tancing.

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Josie Curtin
27 months ago

My brother was being invited to dinner by his real estate agent but politely asked to pls donate to this cause instead whatever he will spend for the dinner.AMC we love your mom too.

+ Read More
Edith Z. Di
27 months ago

Myself and my husband Manny are close friends of Cynthia Cabrera, (Constancia’s sister) we are very on top of this campaign to bring Ana’s mom Home this Mother’s Day. In behalf of our friend Cynthia we thank you for the overwhelming support, donations sharing and posting the link in your wall.. To our Expags (former PAGCOR Employee’s) family, THANK YOU.. WE’VE SHOWN OUR PAG “KAKA-ISA” AGAIN.

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Edith Z. Di
27 months ago

1 John 5:14-15 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” YES WE HAVE THE CONFIDENCE THAT GOD WILL MAKE OUR CAMPAIGN TO BRING OUR FRIEND CYNTHIA'S SISTER HOME FOR MOTHER'S DAY!!!

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Suzi Moore
27 months ago

My mother is the back bone and the guiding light of my family. She has always been there for me as I will always be there for her. Let's bring your mommy home

+ Read More
Glecy Doscher
27 months ago

I really miss ate Tancing...she may rest in peace..God's love is with all of you....Will pray for ate Tancing and the family.Love u all...

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Terra Maglasang
27 months ago

God Bless You and your family and I pray that your goal is reached.

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Ed Agramon
27 months ago

We will miss you dearly tita Tansing.. rest in peace.

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EC Constantino
27 months ago

Many people had responded to this appeal...THANK YOU LORD FOR THE BIG HEARTS OF THE MANY....Let's continue to let others know how we can help this FAMILY bring their MOTHER home for Mother's Day. We are all bless...

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