Lisa's Travel + Funeral Expenses

$55,034 of $50k goal

Raised by 582 people in 4 months
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William Brooks  BROOKLYN, NY
Our dear friend Lisa Masters passed away tragically and unexpectedly in Lima, Peru on November 15, 2016. Lisa's genuine warmth, generosity and tenacious strength will be deeply missed.

Lisa's beloved husband William is shocked and grieving her sudden loss. In the midst of his mourning, William faces daunting financial challenges, including the substantial funeral and transport expenses for Lisa in and between Peru and the United States.

William is a healing arts practitioner and a long-time Brooklyn resident. Lisa and William lived modestly and both contributed to the expenses of their household. Without Lisa's income, William faces an immediate challenge to covering the rent on his apartment among other things.

There is no way for William to get through this kind of crisis on his own. As friends of  William and Lisa, we are organizing to raise money to cover:

- Preparation and freight charges for shipment of Lisa's remains from Lima to the US
- Funeral services in Lisa's childhood home of Asheville, North Carolina
- Airfare between NYC and Asheville
- A month of lost wages for William 
- Lisa's share of the rent for their home. Although William will ultimately have to leave his home, we would like him to be able to stay there without worry for the next year, as he recovers from this loss.
- Moving expenses, as William will ultimately not be able to stay in his home long-term.

Any donation you can make to ease this difficult time would be so appreciated and would make a big difference.

Our hearts go out to our dear friend William. We will miss Lisa very, very much.
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Update 5
Posted by William Brooks
11 days ago
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People are still donating! I'm humbled and grateful to you all. My treatment was challenging but rewarding. I'm back part time at my job and will be full time by summer and hopefully moved into a studio before then. Thanks again and again

William
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Update 4
Posted by William Brooks
2 months ago
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As imperfectly as I am....I'm am aiming to look up, not down. I am seeking to stand in the light, not the dark. I wish to be here now, not later or back then, to be only in this moment. There is a miracle around here somewhere.........I am looking.
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Update 3
Posted by Ani Mason
3 months ago
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A message to everyone from William:

To all our dear friends from every corner of my and Lisa’s lives, I thank you. I thank you for your prayers, your kind words and your support.

I thank you for your generous donations made here.

I thank you for your care and careful words, your love and your warm remembrances; I even thank you for your shock, disbelief and inability to find the words.

I wish to make more personalized notes of gratitude in the near future, but until then, please know I am deeply moved and humbled by your outpouring of help.

On behalf of my sweet wife’s soul and me, Thank you and much affection,
William Ben Brooks
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Update 2
Posted by Ani Mason
4 months ago
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We are so humbled by and grateful for your overwhelming love and support of Lisa and William. Thank you all.

We had no idea we'd reach our original goal in a single day. Just incredible. In response to suggestions from a number of you, we have increased our campaign goal, to provide as much support to William as we can during this difficult time.

We thank you again so, so much for your support. What an incredible reflection this is of the number of people whose lives Lisa and William have touched.
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$55,034 of $50k goal

Raised by 582 people in 4 months
Created November 16, 2016
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$25
michael frietsch
2 days ago

I feel so bad about what happened to this man. I do hope that Lisa Masters is in a better place now. No one knows what pain someone can and does goes through.

JV
$100
John Vaughn
5 days ago
JF
$50
Jean Ferlesch
11 days ago

Love to you William

KN
$50
Kristian N
11 days ago
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Hi William. I knew Lisa from around Park Slope and really thought so highly of her and her sensitive nature. Was so sad to hear and my heart goes out to you and her memory.

SH
$25
Sasha Hirsch
12 days ago
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KB
$25
Ken Betza
1 month ago
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GH
$20
Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco
1 month ago
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William, I am sending light to you. May you feel the warmth and love of your community as you grieve Lisa. There are no good words, but there are a lot of people who care for you.

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Anonymous
1 month ago
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$20
Anonymous
2 months ago
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PN
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Pamela N
3 months ago
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I'm so sorry for your loss.

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