Help Send my Mom Home

My name is Ernest Ubaonu and I am currently a senior at the Pennsylvania State University. I recently lost my beloved mother, Pauline Iriaka, on March 10th to GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor). Throughout the course of my mother's illness, I was her sole provider. Due to my financial situation, I had my mother move in with my roommates and me so that I could take better care of her. When the burden became too much, I was able to find a nursing home 20 minutes away from campus that would better accommodate her. I visited my mother on a daily basis and made sure that she was well cared for. My mother was my EVERYTHING! My mother came to this country to make a better life for us. Though we didn't have much, she suffered through life to make sure that I had enough. She never gave up hope and tried her best to put me through school. It pains me to know that she will not be here to watch me graduate on May 10th, but I want to fulfill her dying wish of sending her body back to Nigeria for a proper burial. I am still at a loss on what to do in terms of moving on, but I know that this is what I would’ve wanted for her. If you could please help me in any way possible, I would be forever grateful. My mother has done so much for me and this is the least I could do for her.


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