The Cantrell Family

The world never knows when it will lose a hero, but that’s exactly what happened during an Army Black Hawk accident off the coast of Hawaii last week (15 Aug 2017). Katie, Stephen’s wife and our dear friend, had her entire world turned upside down the morning she received the call that Stephen’s helicopter was lost and so was he.

The fear of the unknown spread over days with all of us holding out hope that Stephen would be found safely. The search for survivors was suspended Monday (21 Aug 2017) but the search for answers to the accident’s cause is ongoing.

Stephen loved to fly but his family always came first. He is a cherished husband, father, son and friend. He leaves behind three beautiful, talented children: Courtney, Alysha and Travis.

The family just recently arrived in Hawaii in June of this year. Although Katie was a special needs teacher’s aide at their previous duty station, she left her position to support Stephen in his career. This relocation left Stephen as the sole provider for his family. Your help is needed to provide a stable, smooth and more hopeful path forward as this family faces so many big changes in addition to the loss of their father.

As the reality of this tragedy settles over the family, the expenses are growing. They will have a handful of weeks to pack up, move back to the mainland, find a house and Katie will be on the lookout for a new job.

With heavy hearts the uncertain future continues but with your help, we can make their scary and uncertain future brighter. Please help us wrap our love around this family during this extremely difficult time. I know Stephen would be grateful to each of you and words can’t express how grateful the family will be for your support.

Organizer and beneficiary

Christopher Armstrong 
Organizer
Ewa Beach, HI
Katherine Cantrell 
Beneficiary

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