Reunite a family after 25 yrs apart

$2,116 of $1,200 goal

Raised by 57 people in 39 months
Olivia Klaus Moro   COSTA MESA, CA
After spending 25 years separated by prison walls, the Virgil family can finally be reunited!

Glenda Virgil, was the victim of physical, mental and emotional abuse by her boyfriend over a period of four years before getting the courage to leave the relationship. When her boyfriend learned of her plans to leave him, he beat her for several hours and threatened to kill both her, himself and their dog with a gun. Virgil believing that her life would end if she did not act, shot and killed her abuser.

Despite two expert evaluators' conclusion that Virgil's history of abuse contributed to her crime and her fear of the victim, no evidence of her abuse was admitted at her trial and has never been given serious consideration by the parole panels that have considered her for parole.

Virgil, now 65 years old and in a wheelchair, has served 25 years for her crime. Shortly after her 8th hearing before the Parole Board in August 2012 (where she was again denied parole), Virgil was diagnosed with Stage 3 lung cancer and given less than a year to live. She has been treated with five rounds of radiation per week, Monday - Friday, each time driven in an ambulance accompanied by 3 full-time salaried correctional officers. For nearly a year, Virgil and her attorneys have been working to reverse the Parole Board's recent decision and petitioned the Governor to grant her another hearing based on the new, significant circumstances.

On May 10, 2013 the California Parole Board found Glenda Virgil suitable for release and her family can soon reunite after 25 years of being a part. This brings the opportunity for Virgil to hold her daughter, Nida, in her arms and finally meet her granddaughter, Dixie, for the first time. Yet, this will not happen without your help! Upon release, Virgil will not be permitted to travel and her family does not have the funds to fly from Illinois to California for the reunion.

The $1200 goal will be for Virgil's family to fly to California and be there when Glenda takes her first steps as a free woman. This will cover their flights, expenses, and for them to spend a few days together helping Virgil re-adjust back to society. Every dollar raised above this total, will help cover necessities for Virgil as she begins her life as a free woman in her last few months - clothing, toiletries, food, etc.


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Update 8
36 months ago
Thanks to all of you, Virgil's family was able to fly out last week to celebrate her recent release. It was the first time in decades that these three generations of women could be together!
3 generations of women finally together!
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Update 6
37 months ago
Her freedom would not have happened without YOUR support, so Glenda Virgil wanted to send each of you a special video message
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Update 5
37 months ago
GLENDA VIRGIL IS A FREE WOMAN and thanks to all our donors her family will be coming in the next couple weeks once she's been able to get settled into her new life in the free world!!!!
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Melinda Spaziano
25 months ago

I am so happy for you Glenda! I am just now seeing this as I was searching for you. I live you and would love to come see you. Please call me. 714 338 9678. Love Melinda

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Kimberly Poorman
39 months ago

I work for non profit agency called alternatives to domestic violence and we work with women that have been through the violence or are still going through the violence from a partner or loved one. It is a honor to be part of such an amazing organization where everyday we are changing lives...

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$2,116 of $1,200 goal

Raised by 57 people in 39 months
Created May 12, 2013
Olivia Klaus Moro  
  Other   COSTA MESA, CA
JJ
$100
Joan Jennings
36 months ago
NM
$10
Nell Myhand
37 months ago
$25
Anonymous
37 months ago
BJ
$25
Brendan Jaimes
37 months ago
RL
$100
Rachel Larsen
37 months ago
$30
Anonymous
37 months ago
CS
$20
Chelan Shepherd
37 months ago
NL
$100
Naomi Larsen
37 months ago
WJ
$20
Wendy Johnson
37 months ago

Hope you get to see you grandmom..

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JW
$100
julie wilson
38 months ago
Melinda Spaziano
25 months ago

I am so happy for you Glenda! I am just now seeing this as I was searching for you. I live you and would love to come see you. Please call me. 714 338 9678. Love Melinda

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Kimberly Poorman
39 months ago

I work for non profit agency called alternatives to domestic violence and we work with women that have been through the violence or are still going through the violence from a partner or loved one. It is a honor to be part of such an amazing organization where everyday we are changing lives...

+ Read More
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