I am Cynthia Krieger and I have set up this account to raise money for my brother and sister-in-law James and Sheila Henderson's children and grandchildren.
August 13th my neice Shakneaqui Gallow and her husband Melvin Gallow along with their 4 children Makayla, Laquinta, Mariah and little Melvin jr. accompanied by some family friends and their 2 guardian children Malik and Madeline set off to go on a summer trip from Houston to San Antonio to Six Flags over Texas. What started off as a simple family vacation ended in a deadly tragedy.
As Shakneaqui avoided an 18-wheeler's sudden stop in front of their van, she stopped on her brakes to avoid the truck... the van, acocording to eye witness accounts, began to roll several times ejecting all the children and adults. The husband Melvin landed on the pavement calling for the people to check on his wife who was pinned in the driver's seat pushed up into the steering wheel air bag deployed and facial damged beyond recognition, the van also rolled over the son Melvin jr. killing him instantly. the other children were thrown across the pavement. Limbs broken, bodies punctured, and head traumas, etc.
By the time Life Flight arrived, Shakneaqui and passed away and Melvin the father passed away at the hospital.
The family was life flighted to Austin, were the 3 remaining orphan girls are now in the ICU of Dell's Children's Hospital.
The 2 youngest are intubated and in an indused coma and the oldest is awake with every limb boken and facial fractures.
The therapist believe that telling the children of the loss of the parents as soon as the child is conscious is critical so all around healing can began, that way they can start with the help of the hospital staff along the the support of the grandparents and immediate families for the children healthy recovery. Also Malik and Madeline are on the 3rd floor recovering from a broken leg and a broken hand.
The Picture you see of this family was taken the Monday before at My mother's and their grandmother's funeral.
Besides that expense, we now have 3 more funerals ahead of us. There will be weeks and years of rehabilitation, therapy for these precious orphaned angels,
So "COST" is a true part of this equation.
We are calling on our community to help by donating to the Gallow Family Medical Fund.
We will use these funds to help with funeral costs, and hospital and rehabilitation of Makayla, Laquinta, and Mariah, also Malik and Madeline.
It really means a lot to see your support and prayers and it also means a lot knowing that you guys are so eager to donate to this family's darkest hour by bringing the light of your donations.
Our family is grateful and always thankful to you for your gifts however large or small.