Maya Laidler's College Fund

$24,025 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 106 people in 37 months
Marvi Lacar
on behalf of Junko Motoyama
 MAPLEWOOD, NJ
David was filled with utter joy when his beautiful daughter Maya was born. She brought him immense happiness. He quietly battled cancer and was taken from us too early leaving behind his loved ones and sweet daughter. In memory of our dear friend and colleague, we have set up a college fund for his daughter, Maya Laidler. Below are our personal stories of David and we hope that you would share yours for Maya to understand the impact her dad had on the photo community and friends. Please join us in honoring David's contributions and memory by showing support to his family.

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I came to New York not knowing what to make of a freelance career. I met with David one day and before I knew it he was my agent. He believed in me before I even knew what I was capable of. After Getty, he remained my mentor and my friend. He was there for me after an incredibly rough patch in my life. I will miss his boyish smile and giggle. I wish my children would have grown up knowing tito (uncle) David but thankfully, I have enough stories to share. - Marvi Lacar

David was like a big brother to me. I looked up to him and identified with the shy side of his personality. It was a challenge for him to put himself out there, but he also enjoyed the excitement of it with the goal of helping others. He was a giving, humble, and kind soul. David cared about his photographers’ careers; he listened and guided them. Without a doubt, he was one of the most authentic and genuine people I've ever worked with.
- April Jenkins

David was a beautiful person whose smile would reach in and touch your heart. He had an irrepressible grin and an infectious sense of humor. It was impossible not to feel happy and comforted by his company. David also had great integrity and passion.  He selflessly helped others, and yet even in his own time of need, he didn’t seek to rely on others.  He will be sorely missed, both as a friend and as a role model.  
 - Scott Braut
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Dear Friends,

Thank you for your generous contributions to Maya Laidler's college fund. Your personal stories have provided Maya with insight into her father's life, she may not have known otherwise. We may never know the impact the loss of her father has had on her young life, but she will have the comfort of your words and kind support to help her move forward. David was a good friend to us all and we know his heart would be full seeing the love and outpouring of support for his daughter. Thank you for sharing your personal memories and generous contributions!

Warmest regards,

April, Scott & Marvi
On behalf of the friends of David
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Hello, First off we wanted to thank you all for your generosity. Your words and support mean so much to Maya's family. Junko, Maya's mom, was hoping Maya would write a thank you note to send to all the donors, but understandably, she is giving Maya some time and space to grieve.

For those of you who weren't able to attend the memorial last Saturday, Mic and Junko wanted to share this slideshow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v88K9kHXJYw

Again we cannot thank you enough for your support.
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$24,025 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 106 people in 37 months
Created August 12, 2015
Marvi Lacar
on behalf of Junko Motoyama
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9 months ago
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Alex Olivera
25 months ago

Dear Maya... I knew your father well. We were office mates and later neighbors. Sometimes we played pool together afterwork. He was truly a wonderful person. I'm still in shock. I just found out about it a few days ago. Good luck in school. Best wished always. Alex.

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Jacqui Kimberlin
33 months ago

I know I don't know dear sweet little lady...my sister Helen & BIL Jason Florio have talked about your Dad for many years so I almost feel like I know you all just a little. I hope this makes a little difference to your life...love Jacqui, Stanley & Bella xx

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