For Zion’s funeral Cost

Zion Jay Gastelum,
It has been an absolute honor and privilege to bare witness to the generosity and kindness in this young boy’s soul. His ability to understand what was right, even in the absence of wrong, was one of the most inspiring feats I have ever been present for. To fully understand what I mean by this, I would like to share with you one of the many memories which will always be close to my heart. When I remember the short and impactful life that Zion experienced, I remember a day Zion his sister and brothers were playing in the back of his fathers truck, in the front yard. Joseph, Zion’s father, walked out of the house chewing on an apple. Zion instantly began exclaiming that the apple was his and would not stop asking for it in the way that children do, ‘my apple, my apple.’ Once Joseph was finally convinced that the apple he was chewing on was in fact Zion’s apple, he handed it to his two year old son. Zion took the apple with a smile and said ‘thanks.’ At first glance this in itself does not seem kind nor genorous, but it’s what Zion did next that illustrates to us without a doubt the intentions in his heart. Upon receiving ‘his’ apple from his father, Zion immediately walked over to his sister, then his brothers and offered them a bite of the apple, and finally over to me. After and only after he offered the apple to everyone did he take a bite for himself. He chewed on his apple bite with joy in heart, it is very important to know that Zion repeated these actions every time he took another bite from the apple. It was very inspiring to see such a young boy, know that the right thing to do, was to share this treat, this nourishment with everyone he loved. Zion felt that fighting for the apple was the right thing to do. I believe that Zion felt he was the only one that could ensure that everyone was taken care of, and only he was the right one for the task. I remember being awed in that moment and knew the how remarkable this young boy was. Once we knew that we had lost Zion, his parents Joseph and Veronica honored Zion’s kindness and generosity by donating his organs to other children in need. Please join us in the same spirit of kindness and generosity which this young boy showed everyone as we raise the finances required for the funeral process.
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David Gastelum 
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