On Friday, July 26th, the lives of 1-year-old twins Luna and Phoenix Rodriguez were tragically cut short due to an unfortunate accident. As Marissa, Juan, and their family attempt to process this unconscionable nightmare, we kindly ask for your love and support. Life will never be the same for them. Beyond being completely devastated and heart-broken, the road ahead is a difficult one, between funeral arrangements, the media frenzy preventing them from returning home, home and legal expenses, and lost wages.
Juan Rodriguez is a loving father and a dedicated husband, with a relentless drive to improve the lives of his family and community. A disabled veteran, as well as a social worker for the VA Hospital in the Bronx; he has first-hand knowledge of how traumatic experiences can impact lives. He has helped countless veterans with their daily lives and has served as a liaison between veterans, and outside agencies that work closely with the VA hospital. He has dedicated his life to public service, positively affecting thousands of lives. Juan is an honest and hard-working man. A man who now has to deal with the same type of traumatic loss that he has helped others cope with in the past.
The Rodriguez family suffered a tragic loss yesterday in this unfortunate case of what is known as Forgotten Baby Syndrome, where parents accidentally forget about a child and leave them in their vehicle while performing daily tasks and routines. Parents often think that their child is in a safe place, like daycare or at home. It has become a reoccurrence across the country, and unfortunately, it happened on July 26th, while Juan worked in the VA hospital in the Bronx; a shift he has done nearly every day, to support his family and children.
This incident was a heartbreaking accident that has impacted the entire family. We are asking for your support, to help them get through this horrible and dark moment, and to find peace during this nightmare. The family seeks to mourn together and be reunited, while they begin to tackle the impossible task of going on with their lives. We are asking for community support, in the same manner that Juan and Marissa have supported this community, while they cope with this tragedy.
To assist the Rodriguez Family with the financial burden that this will place on them; we’ve created a GoFundMe. Would you please consider making a donation and sharing within your network? Thank you.
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