Sadly, this is Amelia's second heartbreaking loss in her short life. Jim’s wife Kristen Fairchild, Amelia’s mom, passed away from brain cancer in 2014. After Kristen’s passing, Jim set aside his career and personal aspirations to focus on Amelia. Amelia was Jim’s world. Now, at just 13 years old, Amelia has suffered the inconceivable heartache and pain of losing both of her parents to cancer.
Jim started experiencing unexplained health issues around October of 2019. His symptoms were attributed to a variety of illnesses, culminating on his December 20th trip to the emergency room where his stage 4 colon cancer was originally detected. Jim passed away January 17, 2020. Jim’s oncologist noted that Jim’s colon cancer was the most aggressive he had seen. Jim’s hospitalist added that Jim and Amelia’s experience was the saddest of his career.
So what happens now? When Amelia was very young Jim and Kristen designated Jim's aunt and uncle Jim and Danielle Rapp to be her guardians. Danielle is a retired teacher and now trains teachers nationally and her husband Jim is a High School administrator and football coach in The Woodlands, Texas the town where Amelia will now call home. They recently celebrated their only son Tyler's college graduation.
The Rapp family would never ask for financial assistance nor have they hesitated to honor Jim and Kristen's wishes for Amelia. Let us honor our friend by showing Amelia that she is, and will forever be, held in our hearts.
This campaign is dedicated to the benefit and future of Jim and Kristen’s beloved daughter Amelia Brasher. Please give whatever you can toward securing a bright future for Amelia. There is no amount that is too small. All funds raised will be administered by Jim and Danielle Rapp and go exclusively toward Amelia's immediate needs up to and including higher education and beyond.
- Amy Montalba
- Tara Fitterer
- Joanna Devane
Fundraising team: Team Brasher (3)
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