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Heather and Kennedy

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Heather's family was much larger than blood relatives. From Gateway, Red Robin, The Eagles, CSU and all the places in-between she made friends everywhere she went.    She had a grin for, and conversation with, everyone she met. Lots of conversation! Her mom and I always say "Once she learned to talk she never stopped".  

Then the shooting happened.  Her friends died and more were injured, as was she. Her body healed and she quickly learned to live without two of her fingers.  How many of us exchanged "high threes" with her? 

The brightest light in her life was her daughter Kennedy. Always laughing, babbling, spinning in circles and laughing again.  She and her father Kyle are going to have a long hard time recovering and moving on.    

We're asking for your help for two things: first to provide a memorial service for all her friends and family and next to help Kennedy. 

She'll have to celebrate her third birthday next month without her momma.  We need to help her dad shoulder the load.  A  single parent with limited resources, he will be making major changes in his life for Kennedy.  We all know how tough and expensive parenthood is; daycare to school, providing for more than basic needs,  eventually college.  A whole life without her momma.

Heather's mom Viki and I will be making final arrangements and will update everyone personally and through the fb page - Helping Heather Heal.  The same page we set up 5 years ago.

Thank you all for your love and prayers.
Rick Snyder
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This Sunday morning, February 25, The Eagle Riders are hosting a pancake breakfast from 9 to 11:30 am. It's only $7 and all the net proceeds go to support Kennedy. Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/359327134540788/ Sorry - you have to cut and paste. Feel free to donate thru GoFundMe and sleep in.
Happier days
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Almost a month now baby girl and we still suffer, tho we know that's not what you'd want. Your daughter has been our ray of sunshine. Your family, friends, and gofundme peeps are taking good care of Kennedy. So far gofundme has been paying her daycare costs. It's also helped both sets of grandparents buy little bed sheets, a safety rail, and some other supplies so your little girl has comfort and stability at all her homes.
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The beneficiaries are Heather Snyder and her almost 3-year-old daughter Kennedy. My husband, Rick Snyder, is Heather’s dad and defacto executor of her estate. I have been her step-mom since she was 13. Heather died suddenly on 12/3.
The funds are first for her funeral/memorial and second to help care for Kennedy. The Fraternal Order of Eagles (Aerie #3224) has helped with most of the funeral cost, about $1000 from the gofundme will pay off the balance. As grandparents we will disburse Kennedy’s money as it is needed. Heather was custodial parent; the dad has a small income. So the fund will first help him get back a driver’s license, pay his electric bill so there is always power and heat, and pay her daycare. We started a savings account for the girls at our bank to park the money until it is needed. We chose to deposit it initially into our checking account for ease of disbursing the initial expenses.
Feel free to call me Arlene at 303-680-4134 or her dad Rick at 303-257-3189. We started a facebook page in 2012 after the Aurora theater shooting in which Heather was injured. https://www.facebook.com/HelpingHeatherHeal/ Please let us know if you need any additional information. We appreciate your confirming that no-one can use Heather’s name for profit.
Rick Snyder and Arlene Zaffle
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Heather's memorial was tonight. There were so many cars that they had to park in the field across the street. The Fraternal Order of Eagles even opened the members only area so there'd be enough room for the crowd. And the food! Even more than several hundred people could eat.
We cried, told stories, hugged friends, and talked - then told more stories. I feel like we all have 200 family members.
Thank you all for being there - for Heather and each other.
before the ceremony
Grandma Jackie telling Heather stories
Dani talking about how they met
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