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Jonathan Brussow

$23,205 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 352 people in 5 months
Created March 8, 2018
Please read the updates - this story has changed dramatically in the last few hours.

Here is more on the story and where most of the funds we're raising will go:
http://fox17online.com/2018/03/11/girlfriend-shares-last-words-of-rockford-teen-found-dead-in-bahamas/
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The original intention of this campaign was to raise funds as an incentive to get more locals looking for Jonathan. That actually worked - more people came out and looked for Jonathan, which ultimately led to his discovery. Since time was of the essence, the reward though, was to find him alive.
Now this campaign must shift to the recovery costs and future expenses. Brad and his family have incurred an incredible amount of expenses due to many unforeseen events.
Since the focus has now shifted from raising reward money to covering expenses, I feel the need to offer a refund to anyone that may not agree with this new direction of the campaign. Please email me directly and we'll make sure to get you a refund.
Where do we go from here... several local people took ferries from other islands to help in the search, and Brad wants to reimburse them. Their help proved to be invaluable. Jonathan obviously needs to come home and arrangements made. Brad would like to offer the Bahamian people a memorial in Jonathan's honor of safety gear at the bridge so that others may be offered help quicker. The ideas continue to pour in...and they all take money.
What a generous community we have! To raise this much money in such a short amount of time is amazing. The human spirit never ceases to amaze me.
Please keep Athena in your thoughts - she was the love of Jonathan's life.
What a beautiful smile!
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From the Brussow family:

To friends / family

Jonathan Brussow was born on May 31, 1998 in the straight line wind storm that swept through Kent county. His mother and I arrived at hospital through roads of debris to have Jonathan enter this world minutes later.

On March 5, 2018 another storm (larger than the island of Eleuthera has seen since 1992) swept Jonathan off into the sea.

On March 9 2018 Jonathan's body was recovered atop a cliff several hundred yards down from where the sea grabbed him. It is our belief that he came ashore shortly after he entered the water and did not suffer.

God brought Jonathan in with a storm and took him back in a storm.

The Rockford squire wrote an article back around his birth and nicknamed him Storm Trooper. As a family he was known as Jonathan (Stormy) Brussow. He named his dog Stormy. For those that knew him well knew he lived his life with a storm of passion and a smile that would light up a room.

On behalf of Brad, Carolyn, Alex, Allison, and Athena we thank everyone who has brought joy and happiness to Jonathan's life.

Thank you also for all the prayers and support we have received through out this ordeal.
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It is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that Jonathan has been found, but not alive. I'm going to have several posts here so that I can give you as much information as possible. The first will be from his family....
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$23,205 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 352 people in 5 months
Created March 8, 2018
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