It happened too fast.
On April 27, 2020, we unexpectedly lost Rina: a gifted physical therapist, a sister, a mother, a daughter, a friend, a confidante, a colleague, a mentor, a role model, and a hero due to complications caused by COVID-19.
How do you put to words how one person has impacted so many people's lives?
The outpouring of words of love and condolences and memories that everyone has shared has been overwhelming for all of us.
Rina took her role as eldest of the family seriously. She was the sole provider for her mom, Rosselyn, and her son, Hunter. She spoiled them--she spoiled all of us. We wanted for nothing. Whether it was waking up early to cook us breakfast while we were visiting or getting us all gifts throughout the year--not just Christmas, or in our case, Thanksgiving. It will never be the same...
We're always going to miss the times she took pictures of whatever she cooked and sent it to our family group chat and told us how to adjust it to our preferences.
"What's the newest book that I can read?" She always loved reading. I know she was always asking about any good YA book...
Due her work, she never really had much time to travel, but she loved travelling. She always had big plans and loved helping with other people's travel plans while imagining her own future travel plans.
Work was one of the easiest things for her and her work ethic was always truly admired.
We remember hearing her stories or anecdotes about her collaborations with other colleagues or other departments at work, whether it was in New Jersey or in Minnesota. Even though we never really saw it first hand, so many of her friends, coworkers, and colleagues have shared their own stories of how she touched their lives, or eased their fears at work, or celebrated their triumphs as if it were her own, or consoled them and pushed them to get back on their feet. No matter where she was, she had no qualms about being in the front line for her friends, for her coworkers, for her family, for strangers.
Everyone was like family to her and she always had a smile for you.
She conscientiously cared for all of her patients way beyond their care need, Always going above and beyond, providing personal needs, solace, and support during their vulnerable times.
With the encouragement of dear friends, we have set up this fundraiser to ease the burden of the loss of our beloved sister, friend, confidante, colleague, mentor, role model, and hero. This will be mainly for Hunter, who is now working towards finishing his college degree in engineering, and for Rosselyn, who she adored and looked up to.
Once again, thank you so much for your generosity and your loving support.
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