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$17,365 of $10k goal

Raised by 305 people in 1 month
Miles Brindley
on behalf of Avalon Dziak
 GILLETTE, WY
We all know Avalon.  We love her and cherish our time with her.  She just got married back on October 14, 2016.  She went on a honeymoon with the love of her life to the Bahamas.  It was during this time that her husband contracted a blood disease, which just recently claimed his life.  As someone who cares for Avalon and knows how difficult this transition will be, I suggest we all chip in where we can to help her out.  We cannot all be there to hold her while she cries. We can however maybe give her one less thing to worry about.  I know as theater people we are all poor, but right now our hearts are not breaking; hers is.  Please give whatever you can.
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Update 8
Posted by Miles Brindley
1 month ago
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Hi everybody. This is Avalon. Miles handed over the reins to me last week, I apologize for not having updated before now. I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for all the love and support. I am absolutely overwhelmed and humbled by your generosity. I read through all the donations the other day, and I can't begin to thank you enough. People I don't know, people I haven't seen or spoken to in years (Miles and I have seen each other once in the past 6 years, how crazy is that?!), people who didn't know Derek. It has definitely reaffirmed my faith in the human species. For those of you local to Chicago, we're having a farewell gathering for Derek Saturday, January 14 at the Continental Lounge from 2pm-4am. I would love to thank you all in person. And those of you not local, I'll find a way to thank you all in person later. Thank you all so much, you have made this unbearably difficult time much more bearable.
All the loves <3
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Update 7
Posted by Miles Brindley
1 month ago
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As Helen Keller once said, " The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." And I know without a shadow of a doubt that, Avalon, now understands this quote more than many of us will ever come close to knowing. The outpouring of love, gratitude, and strength all of you have shown makes my heart, as well as Avalons, swell to the point of bursting. You are all beautiful people.
With that being said, I will now fully turn the reigns over to Avalon. I can only hope that this will help ease a few of the burdens you are about to face. Just know, that you will never have to face it alone. As proven here, you have an army of family, friends, and acquaintances ready to help you through this difficult transition. Know that you are loved. Know that Derek was loved.
While the Beatles famously said, "All you need is love" they also said they would "need a little help from their friends" and that help, dear Avi, is what we are here to give you in abundance.

Best wishes.

Miles
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Update 6
Posted by Miles Brindley
1 month ago
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Speechless. As I sit here and ponder, I cannot help but be overwhelmed by the support. I think of all the joys, hopes, and love that now sit juxtapose to a hollow void of this reality.

I am going to keep this page open. My goal was to help Avi cover rent and maybe some of the funeral costs. Speechless and grateful; goal achieved.
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Update 5
Posted by Miles Brindley
1 month ago
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" May you feel the love others have for you and find peace and strength beyond understanding." A beautiful sentiment by one of the beautiful souls we've seen tonight. What has happened here this evening only goes to show just how much of an impact each and every one of us has on the world around us. The generosity we've seen tonight, and in the coming days is truly inspiring.
Good night all, and dream with the angels.
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$17,365 of $10k goal

Raised by 305 people in 1 month
Created January 2, 2017
Miles Brindley  
on behalf of Avalon Dziak
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$20
Amanda Smith (johnson)
1 month ago

I was thinking about you today and turned to Facebook for the first time in a long time. I was so saddened by what I found, your husband seemed like a really amazing person and I am so terribly sorry for your loss.

SK
$75
Susan Kim
1 month ago

Derek was an amazing guy and I'm glad that he found you. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm sorry for all of us and what we have lost. Take care.

CF
$20
Carey Folbrecht
1 month ago

Sorry this is late love. Sending you all my best.

PW
$100
Parker Whiteway
1 month ago
CS
$50
Cheryl Scott
1 month ago
$100
Anonymous
1 month ago
AK
$55
Aaron Karow
1 month ago
$100
Anonymous
1 month ago
SM
$25
Sylvia Moore
1 month ago

Avi - I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this on FB. I wish I could hug you right now. You have my sincere sympathy. And I wish I could donate more!

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1 month ago
Dan Sokola
1 month ago
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