Alex Kleiman Funeral Expenses

My name is Joy Howard and I live in San Francisco, CA.  My son, Alex, passed away on September 10, 2017.  My mom took him to the YMCA for a swim--his most favorite thing in the world.  Because of his special needs, the lifeguards and my mom were all watching him very closely.  But he loved to go under the water, stay there for a while and then pop back up again; he did this multiple times that day.  At one point one of the lifeguards noticed that he had been down there longer than usual.  When they pulled him out, he was not breathing and they immediately started resuscitation efforts.  911 was called by the YMCA staff and Alex was rushed to the hospital.  The next two hours were spent trying to revive him but the doctors were never able to get a sustainable heart beat.  Most likely, the accident was caused by a seizure as no one had witnessed him struggling in the water prior to his rescue.  Alex did have a seizure disorder which may explain why no one saw him struggling. 

Alex was born June 6, 2001, in Medford, Oregon and grew up in Grants Pass. He had just begun his junior year at North Valley High School in Merlin. Alex loved all people, animals, and every the tiny creature or insect he encountered. He loved helping people, even strangers. He was wise beyond his years and touched the lives of everyone he met. His teacher at North Valley said of him, “He’s like a wise old man who can’t do math.”

This campaign will raise money to cover the celebration of life costs for Alex, including travel, food, and accommodations for out-of-town family members.  The funds will be placed into a family members bank account to be used accordingly. 

My family and I are beyond grateful for the love and care we've received from the community, our family and all of the anonymous donors on this page.  Alex will be missed by so many people and his light will continue to shine in my heart forever.

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    • $100 
    • 29 mos
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    • $25 
    • 30 mos
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    • $50 
    • 30 mos
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    • $50 
    • 30 mos
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    • $50 
    • 30 mos
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Joy Kleiman 
San Francisco, CA
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