Support for Madison and Matthew

$46,726 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 623 people in 35 months
On Monday, May 2, 2016, Madison and Matthew lost their mother , Wesley Fletcher, to a brutally violent crime.  Unfortunately, thechildren were still in the house and heard everything, saw the aftermath and were the ones to have to call 911.

We are Lee Fleishman and Wendy McFadden.  Wendy was Wesley's sister.  As their Aunt and Uncle, we were the ones that Wesley wanted to care for her children in such a tragic event.  We are more than willing to take them in and will do everything in our power to provide them with a life that Wesley would approve of.  The Crime Victim Center of Chester County is helping us with counseling for the children which we have already taken advantage of.

Wendy and I both have stable jobs with decent pay, but we are wholly unprepared for such an event.  We need some funds for both immediate needs of the children as well as wanting to start a college fund.  We have some savings set aside for our younger son, but were not expecting or prepared to have teenagers so suddenly.

We need to purchase things like additional beds, furniture, clothing, tuition to continue Madison's dance classes, uniforms and equipment for sports, etc.

We are fighting for custody of the children to keep them safe, so legal fees may also be a factor at some point.  We intend to pay for this as much as possible and keep the funds being donated for the children's well-being.

We have been asked by many people how they can help the children and the family.  It is truly heartwarming to see the outpouring of support from the communities that Wesley and the children belonged to.  Every dontation will help and is immensely appreciated.
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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Mostly because it's the only time I get to eat turkey and stuffing and gravy and all the other yummy stuff.

This Thanksgiving is probably one of the most meaningful, though. I realized that I have neither given an update in a long time nor thanked all of our supporters/donators personally.

So, in the past few months we've gained full custody of Madison and Matthew. They seem to be doing fairly well, considering what they've been through. We're still getting used to our new hectic schedule but i think we're pulling it together fairly well.

We've started the process of looking for a larger home so the boys can have their own rooms. With the age difference being so great, it is less than ideal. Matthew wants his own space and Lucas doesn't really want to give it to him. Lucas also keeps hiding all of his stuff (which is actually sort of funny). We're still looking in the same area so that they don't have to change school districts.

I guess that as things are winding down this Thanksgiving, I'm reflecting on what the holiday truly means. Adopting our son, then taking in the kids, it hasn't been the easiest way for us to create a family and it would not have been the path I would have chosen; However, I am very thankful for any things. I am thankful that we were able to adopt as many people may not be able to afford it. I am thankful that we were able to take in the kids and offer as much support as we can. I am thankful that our marriage has been strong enough to survive what has certainly been a bumpy road. And I am forever thankful for the support that we have received throughout our endeavors.

To everyone who supported us through the GoFundMe page, to personal friends and family, to coworkers, and everyone else who has touched our lives and given to us and to so many others ...

THANK YOU AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!
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I'm going to reiterate how grateful that we are to be receiving so much support for the kids. We have gotten so many donations that I'm not even close to catching up with the thank you messages. So many people have reached out with positive messages through gofundme and through Facebook that it truly is amazing.

With such a life changing event as this that could easily go negative, it's such a great feeling to be reminded of how many really good people are out there.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for everything!
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Thank you to everyone who has donated and/or reached out to offer help and support. We have not had a chance to reply to each donation but please don't think that we are ungrateful. The amount of support that we have received for Wesley and the kids has been overwhelming. We are incredibly thankful for each and every donation.
We planted a Japanese Maple tree in Wesley's brother's backyard in honor of Wesley today.
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Joni Gutchen
34 months ago

I've known Wesley for about 6 years. I recently helped her with renting the Barn at Providence Forge for Madison's birthday party. Wesley was such a nice girl and a very, very close friend of my daughter Leslie Simon, and my son, Brian Flammer. They are both devastated by the loss of their friend. We all will miss her so much. But no one will miss her more than Maddison and Matthew. And on that note, we really want you to call upon us for any help necessary or wanted. I know that you will be taking on quite a lot of extra work, so I am offering my services when you need a weekend off and a Granny to stay with them. Send me a message through Facebook. Blessed Be

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Gretchen Marovich Byrne
35 months ago
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I didn't know Wesley but I knew the monster who did this to her. My heart is breaking for her children and if there is anything else I can help with please message me. Love, prayers and peace to the children and your family.

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Kyle McAdam
34 months ago
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I echo the thoughts already shared by so many. If there are any things that my family can do to help, please send me a message. We have children that love play dates. We live in the borough and would be happy to help where we can.

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Amber Mccoy-Rodriguez
34 months ago
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Im deeply saddened that Wesley lost her life and her children lost their mother. I went to school with her and haven't seen her since. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. I hope you are in touch with victims compensation for Pa. There is funding. And the children are entitled to receive it due to the loss of their beautiful mother. I hope you are able to find all the resources that are available to them . May God bless you all.

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Ken Karpinski
35 months ago
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I have a girls 4 poster bed that you are more than welcome to. I am Leslie Simon's uncle.

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Libby Robinson
34 months ago
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Hey, I have a brand new cherry headboard and will buy a box spring and mattress if you are interested. Its a twin. We would love to be able to provide this to the children.

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Gloria Beltran
34 months ago
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The children should also be entitled to social security, check into it.

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Alicia Vomhof Brandenburg
34 months ago
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So sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with the families, especially the children who have lost their mom way too soon :(

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Donna Roach
34 months ago
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Im not able to donate anything but im praying for all the ones involved in this..May Wesley RIP.. Good luck with everything and may God bless you all..

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Robin Fletcher
35 months ago
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Wesley, Your Uncle Ian and Aunt Robin will miss your laughter and your wonderful love and caring for Madison and Matthew. We loved you!!!

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Elizabeth Lagana
35 months ago
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1

I have plenty of boys clothes that my son has outgrown and some old soccer cleats and shinguards. Please message me on fb if I can help in any way!

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Dennis Gray
34 months ago

Lee, ia so sorry to her of your tragic loss. I hope you can accept my condolences and I wish you and your family peace and healing. Your FZ8 friend. Dennis

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Cheryl Pagans
34 months ago

I survived DV. My husband shot at me , cut me . Chock me out on so many occasions and beat me all while our boys watch. 17 years later and I am still healing from his abuse. I am an advocate for DV and for those that go missing in US. You would not believe the woman that are missing due to DV. This story touch my heart and brought back memories. God bless this family and these children.

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Wendy Haughenberry
34 months ago

So much love to all grieving the loss of Ms. Webb. My prayers go out to all her loved ones, most especially her children. May they be strong and get all the support they need to recover (the best anyone can).

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Michelle Holden Johnson
34 months ago

These poor children. My thoughts and prayers are with them. No child should lose their mother to senseless violence, yet it continues to happen. I am so sorry.

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Julie Brown
34 months ago

I remember Wesley from the neighborhood and my son is in Matthew's class. My heartfelt condolences go out to your family. Please message me for ANYTHING you might need. I'll be happy to have the kids over to play anytime.

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Emily Susan
35 months ago

Could you please pass on to Madison & Matthew that their old neighbor Emily said hi... and I'm thinking about them. A lot. They dogs say hi too!

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Beth Ann Ceschan
35 months ago

If anyone would be granted custody of these kids, Wendy has my vote....10 fold. Good luck, because their biological father is garbage!

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Rebekah Bowser
28 months ago

Thanks for your generosity of time, spirit and love.

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Janet Lynn
30 months ago

Realized we never sent this, wishing you peace and love

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32 months ago
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34 months ago
Joni Gutchen
34 months ago

I've known Wesley for about 6 years. I recently helped her with renting the Barn at Providence Forge for Madison's birthday party. Wesley was such a nice girl and a very, very close friend of my daughter Leslie Simon, and my son, Brian Flammer. They are both devastated by the loss of their friend. We all will miss her so much. But no one will miss her more than Maddison and Matthew. And on that note, we really want you to call upon us for any help necessary or wanted. I know that you will be taking on quite a lot of extra work, so I am offering my services when you need a weekend off and a Granny to stay with them. Send me a message through Facebook. Blessed Be

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Gretchen Marovich Byrne
35 months ago
5
5

I didn't know Wesley but I knew the monster who did this to her. My heart is breaking for her children and if there is anything else I can help with please message me. Love, prayers and peace to the children and your family.

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Kyle McAdam
34 months ago
4
4

I echo the thoughts already shared by so many. If there are any things that my family can do to help, please send me a message. We have children that love play dates. We live in the borough and would be happy to help where we can.

+ Read More
Amber Mccoy-Rodriguez
34 months ago
3
3

Im deeply saddened that Wesley lost her life and her children lost their mother. I went to school with her and haven't seen her since. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. I hope you are in touch with victims compensation for Pa. There is funding. And the children are entitled to receive it due to the loss of their beautiful mother. I hope you are able to find all the resources that are available to them . May God bless you all.

+ Read More
Ken Karpinski
35 months ago
3
3

I have a girls 4 poster bed that you are more than welcome to. I am Leslie Simon's uncle.

+ Read More
Libby Robinson
34 months ago
2
2

Hey, I have a brand new cherry headboard and will buy a box spring and mattress if you are interested. Its a twin. We would love to be able to provide this to the children.

+ Read More
Gloria Beltran
34 months ago
2
2

The children should also be entitled to social security, check into it.

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Alicia Vomhof Brandenburg
34 months ago
1
1

So sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with the families, especially the children who have lost their mom way too soon :(

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Donna Roach
34 months ago
1
1

Im not able to donate anything but im praying for all the ones involved in this..May Wesley RIP.. Good luck with everything and may God bless you all..

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Robin Fletcher
35 months ago
1
1

Wesley, Your Uncle Ian and Aunt Robin will miss your laughter and your wonderful love and caring for Madison and Matthew. We loved you!!!

+ Read More
Elizabeth Lagana
35 months ago
1
1

I have plenty of boys clothes that my son has outgrown and some old soccer cleats and shinguards. Please message me on fb if I can help in any way!

+ Read More
Dennis Gray
34 months ago

Lee, ia so sorry to her of your tragic loss. I hope you can accept my condolences and I wish you and your family peace and healing. Your FZ8 friend. Dennis

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Cheryl Pagans
34 months ago

I survived DV. My husband shot at me , cut me . Chock me out on so many occasions and beat me all while our boys watch. 17 years later and I am still healing from his abuse. I am an advocate for DV and for those that go missing in US. You would not believe the woman that are missing due to DV. This story touch my heart and brought back memories. God bless this family and these children.

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Wendy Haughenberry
34 months ago

So much love to all grieving the loss of Ms. Webb. My prayers go out to all her loved ones, most especially her children. May they be strong and get all the support they need to recover (the best anyone can).

+ Read More
Michelle Holden Johnson
34 months ago

These poor children. My thoughts and prayers are with them. No child should lose their mother to senseless violence, yet it continues to happen. I am so sorry.

+ Read More
Julie Brown
34 months ago

I remember Wesley from the neighborhood and my son is in Matthew's class. My heartfelt condolences go out to your family. Please message me for ANYTHING you might need. I'll be happy to have the kids over to play anytime.

+ Read More
Emily Susan
35 months ago

Could you please pass on to Madison & Matthew that their old neighbor Emily said hi... and I'm thinking about them. A lot. They dogs say hi too!

+ Read More
Beth Ann Ceschan
35 months ago

If anyone would be granted custody of these kids, Wendy has my vote....10 fold. Good luck, because their biological father is garbage!

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