Support dearly-departed Hanako Abe's journey home

【※義援金支援の手順、及び日本語訳は英文の次にあります。Read Moreを押してスクロールダウンし、最後まで読んでもらえるようお願いします。】

On December 31st 2020, our dear friend Hanako Abe was walking across a crosswalk in the SOMA district of San Francisco when she was fatally struck  by a driver in a hit-and-run accident. The driver was on parole for robbery and was driving a stolen car. Hana was taken to the ER with life-threatening injuries and died shortly after. She was only 27 years old.

Hana embodied resilience, bravery, and hope. Hana grew up in Fukushima, Japan, where her family survived the Japanese earthquake and nuclear disaster. Despite this tragedy, Hana continued doing her best in pursuit of her dreams. She put all of her efforts into studying English so that one day she could come to America. 

The fruits of her labors were being accepted to the University of Central Arkansas where she developed a passion for computer science. Upon graduating, Hana moved to San Francisco in 2018 where she started pursuing her dream as a data engineer. She always had the warmest smile and made friends wherever she went.

On top of being far away from her family, Hana shouldered an enormous amount of responsibility with her father having an aortic dissection and mother’s battle with lung cancer. Throughout the past year, in the midst of COVID-19, Hana never stopped smiling and was the most resilient and optimistic person we knew. 

Hana had such a bright future ahead of her. She was a loving daughter and selfless friend whose life was cut short too tragically. We are close family friends setting up this fundraiser to help Hana’s family with the cost of travel and funeral expenses so her mother and little brother can fly to the US and “bring her back”, transport her body back to Japan. We want her to be able to rest peacefully surrounded by her family and closest friends in Hana’s home country of Japan. Hana had also been providing significant financial support to her family, and any leftover funds will go directly to them now that she is no longer able to do so. (We are setting up this fundraiser on behalf of Hana's mother with her permission as GoFundMe is not currently supported in Japan.) Any contributions are deeply appreciated. Please feel free to share and help us spread the word.

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ハナは優しさ、勇気、そして希望に溢れる女性でした。 ハナは日本の福島で育ち、彼女と家族は東日本大地震、原発事故など様々な苦労を経験しながらも、夢の実現に向けて努力を続けました。この苦境にもかかわらず、ハナはいつかアメリカで自分らしく生きることを夢見て、勉強に励みました。





ハナの母国である日本で、家族や親しい友人に囲まれ、ハナが平和に休むことができるようにしたいと考えています。 どんな寄付でも深く感謝します。


(1)GoFunMeサイトのトップベージの「Donate now(寄付)」を押す。
(2)「ENTER YOUR DONATION」で、金額を入力する。(USドルでの送金になります)
(3)「TIP GOFUNDME SERVICES」で、GoFundMeへのチップ(サービス料金)を選択してください。
(5)クレジットカード又はデビットカードでお支払いされる場合は、「Use credit or debit card」を選択してください。
(6)「Email Address(メールアドレス)」を入力し、「First Name(名)」と「Last Name(姓)」 を入力。
(入力したお名前とお支払いのカードの請求先名が一致していれば、「Use as billing name」をチェックしてください。)
(7)「Card number (カード番号)」、「MM/YY(カードの有効期限)」、「CVV(セキュリティーコード)」、「Name on card(カードの氏名)」を入力。
(※MMは月(month)、YYは西暦の下2桁(year) )
(8)ご自身がお住まいの国の、「Country(国)」と「Postal code(郵便番号)」を入力。
(9)匿名で寄付されたい場合は、「Don't display my name publicly on the campaign」をチェックしてください。
(10)「Donate now(寄付)」を押すと、送金されます。

Beneficiary information / Where the funds will go

My name is Sari and I am the listed beneficiary for this GoFundMe campaign. I have authorization from Hana's mom to withdraw the funds, since GoFundMe currently does not support Japan. I will be wire transferring over ALL (100%) of the money raised to Hana's mom. I have been helping Hana's mom with translating various English documents and keeping her informed about the latest news and information as they come up.

The funds will be used for body transportation, funeral expenses, other death-related expenses that the family may incur, and the remainder will be used for financial support for the Abe family.

Fundraising team (5)

Sari Nakaya
Burlingame, CA
Hiroko Todd
Alice Chang
Team member
Raised $5,813 from 62 donations
Jason Mayes
Team member
Raised $4,381 from 77 donations
Mari E. Kikuchi
Team member
Raised $1,616 from 39 donations
Aiqi Liu
Team member
Raised $1,583 from 12 donations

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