Please Help Esther's Family Through A Tough Time

Hello All, I am initiating this GoFundMe campaign to help  my friend Esther Carela, who lost her husband Pololo suddenly and unexpectedly two days before Christmas.  Esther has approved this campaign and all funds will go to her.

How I Know Esther
My name is Hilary Hull Gupta and I met Esther in seventh grade when she was new  to my school. What you noticed first about Esther was her beauty. What you noticed when you sat next to her in class was her brilliance. When you really got to know Esther, you knew her great heart. She’s also a lot of fun. I remember one class trip when we annoyed classmates and teachers alike by singly loudly on the bus from New York City to Boston. Instead of sleeping, my roommates and I spent most of the night listening to Esther's stories and giggling.

44340784_1577428221300633_r.jpegPololo, Ayden, and Esther on Pololo and Esther's Wedding Day, 2009 

Esther's Great Loss And Her Family
On Christmas Eve of this year, I learned the devastating news that Esther had lost her husband, Francisco A. Gonzalez (a.k.a. Pololo). I’d reconnected with Esther at a school reunion in 2009 and had been watching her beautiful family grow in the years between. Her family now includes Ayden, aged 12, an accomplished tuba player who loves basketball; Andrew aged nine, a history buff and expert on presidents and giving hugs; and Soleil who, at age 3, is fully bilingual in Spanish and English and the true head of household. A few months ago, the family achieved their long-held dream of purchasing their first home. A few repairs were needed, but Pololo was on the case. 

44340784_1577428422491448_r.jpegAyden, Soleil, and Andrew

The Need
With Pololo's sudden and unexpected passing, Esther's family faces not just the loss of a husband and father, but also financial distress. Since Pololo was an 11-year lymphoma/cancer survivor, he could not purchase life insurance to help  secure his family at a time such as this. 

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The Ask
I reach out to you, friends and family of Esther, or even those who don’t know Esther but are touched by her story, to help Esther and her family in their time of need. I selected a goal of $10,000, but any amount above this target would also be welcome.  Esther greatly appreciates your help. No amount is too small nor too great.

Your generosity will help with household expenses, home repairs, and with the expense of allowing the children to continue enjoying the activities they love, such as music and sports. 

Thank you for your time in reading Esther’s story, and for your great generosity towards Esther and her young family at this time. 

Donations

  • Deborah Forrester-Washington 
    • $50 
    • 5 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 5 mos
  • Caroline Memnon 
    • $50 
    • 5 mos
  • Migdalia Feliciano 
    • $100 
    • 5 mos
  • Hilary Gupta 
    • $100 
    • 5 mos
See all

Organizer and beneficiary

Hilary Gupta 
Organizer
Costa Mesa, CA
Esther Carela 
Beneficiary
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