Hope After Loss - Carpe Diem

On December 24th, my friend Dae Kwon lost his five year old daughter to brain cancer. After speaking to him and finding out that he he having some difficulties getting everything back together after caring for his daughter for the last six months, I decided to start this fund.

I think we dont always think about the after-affects of losing a loved one. Many bills fall by the wayside and I hope to help alleviate some of that stress while he and his family grieve over their loss.

A word from Dae about his daughter:

Good Day to everyone,

My name is Dae Kwon, I am 37, and I have faced my greatest fears. On Christmas Eve at 8:45 a.m. my twin daughter Diem Monroe Kwon took her last breath. She was diagnosed with a very aggressive Brain Cancer called Glioblastoma. Around 9 months ago we were told she had at least 2 years, and ultimately we were only given 8 months. Let me first say and give thanks to everyone that has come forward and assisted in any way. Her mother and I are very thankful in every way possible.

A little about my daughter is that she is a twin and younger sister to a outstanding 11 year old brother. We are all dealing with this as best we can. The funeral was amazing in every way. Unfortunately there is no manual on how to deal with losing a child at such a young age (5) or at any age for that matter. She touched so many lives. The coolest thing my daughter had, was for some reason, an English accent. Blame it on Peppa Pig, Tro Tro, Sarah and Duck, etc. Follow me and look for yourself, it will make your day.

To see a 5 year old touch and change some of the hard/toughest people I know, especially a man like myself, was magical. I want her legacy to live on, and in some way I will find a way to help other families in our situation, or going through what we just went through and still going through. Everyone asks, “How are we?” To be honest I am doing very crappy. My children are my life, I hold major pride in being a great father to them.

The ones that know me know how I am around my children. But this would hurt for anyone. I could literally sit here for hours and type, but this isn’t the place. The reason for this GoFundMe is because I have exhausted most of my finances. I really haven’t thought about work, heck it hasn’t even been a month. To be honest I still feel like this is a horrible dream, and in reality she is no longer on earth with us. However I have not found the strength to let go.

I am keeping busy as much as I can and attending therapy through this because I realized I can’t do this alone. Thanks for all my friends (seriously). I have worked to provide the best life I can for my daughters despite everything. While caring for my daughter in her last moments, giving her a proper send off, and taking necessary steps to try to tend to my own mental health, I fell behind to the point where I feel compelled to ask for help.

A proud man, I am in a weak and vulnerable place. It is my intention to provide for my family while turning this tragedy of mine into an opportunity to show support for any others who has had to endure the manner of sadness that I had to face. In the meantime, I am humbly asking for anything that anyone can spare so that I can spend time with my daughter Sa’reon and her big brother Zay in order to maintain my finances in an uncertain time that has arrived without warning and left me in a hole, to put it frankly.

Thank you and I have every intention of persevering and making the most of myself.

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Organizer and beneficiary

Zaidat Poczontek 
Duluth, GA
Dae Kwon