On Christmas Eve this year my family lost my brother TJ in a car accident. My brother Jay and I didn’t just lose our brother, we lost our best friend in the whole world. Our parents lost their loving son who would drop anything to help them. My husband, Chris, lost his brother in law who he considered to be his own brother and a best friend. My sister in law, Jill, lost her husband of three months, her best friend and love of her life. My nieces and nephew lost their daddy who loved them more then anything in the world. We are all heartbroken, and shocked, and have lost a piece of our heart that we will never get back. My brother TJ was only 33 years old when he lost his life. Jill and TJ have been together for about 15 years and have three beautiful children Damen(14), Bella (11), and Rielle (7).
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were by far the hardest days of our lives. The shock and heartache my parents and Jill had to experience that morning when the state troopers came to each of their homes was something no parent or wife should ever have to go through. We tried our best to put on a happy face for all of our children on Christmas morning at my parents house, but after the excitement of gifts were over for them the pain struck us deeper then ever before. Seeing my sister in law Jill and my nieces and nephew huddle together to cry was one of the most painful things to watch knowing there was nothing that any of us could do to make them feel better or to bring TJ back into our lives.
Jill and TJ had everything going for them this year. It truly was THEIR year! This past spring Jill was hired at Brown and Brown Lehigh Valley in Bethlehem, PA in the personal lines department. In August, TJ was finally accepted into the Electrician’s Union after working with the same company for many years. On September 23rd, 2017, Jill and TJ became husband and wife in the most beautiful ceremony on top of Blue Mountain ski resort. Our family never expected this year to end the way it did after so many great things had happened for them.
Jill and TJ had big dreams for 2018 to buy their first home.
My husband Chris & I are putting this gofundme together for Jill because we still want her to be able to make that dream of owning a home happen for her and the kids. We do not want her to struggle with rent or bills right now and we want our nieces and nephew to still be able to have the things they deserve in life and have some money saved for college one day.
We know money is only an object and it will not bring TJ back, but our goal is to make Jill and kids life just a tiny bit easier as they find the strength to move forward each day. If you can find it in your heart to help our sister in law and our nieces and nephew it would be greatly appreciated.
Nicole and Christopher Votta
- Julie Ryan
- Sheila Parker
- Tom & Leti Contreras
- JERRY PAYNE
- Gail Petree
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