Lisa's Travel + Funeral Expenses

$54,689 of $50k goal

Raised by 574 people in 2 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 3
Posted by Ani Mason
1 month ago
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
2 months ago
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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Update 1
Posted by Ani Mason
2 months ago
Thank you all so much for your generous support.

If you're comfortable sharing about your donation on your Facebook wall, please do! It is a great way to spread the word across our social networks, to let others know of the opportunity to donate, and to keep the support coming in for William.

We love you, Lisa and William.
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$54,689 of $50k goal

Raised by 574 people in 2 months
Created November 16, 2016
$20
Anonymous
27 days ago
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PN
$100
Pamela N
1 month ago
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I'm so sorry for your loss.

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Tom S.
1 month ago
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Anonymous from NBW. Thoughts of Love and Light I pray surround you both.

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Geri Armine-Klein
1 month ago
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Dear William,We don't know each other but I knew Lisa from the "neighborhood". I just heard of Lisa's shocking and tragic death and I am heartbroken for you. Prayers and light for the both of you from deep in my heart. I am so sorry for your loss, it is truly beyond words.

$25
Anonymous
1 month ago
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EC
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Edward J Cox
1 month ago
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Actors struggle.. I'll pray for you.

OD
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Otis Davis
1 month ago
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TC
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Terence Connors
1 month ago
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SF
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Susan Flood
1 month ago
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Thinking of you today xo

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Leslie & Tony Osburn
1 month ago
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William, we do not know one another but having just read about your life's circumstances, our hearts felt moved to help, even in what seems a small, far away effort. A quote I love came to mind: "we are all angels with but one wing and can only fly by embracing one another..." Leo Buscaglia. Your name will be on our lips before God. We are deeply moved by your loss, We hope you find comfort, peace and support from every place you turn.

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