Adelyse Sawyer Festa

$45,005 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 849 people in 39 months
Kari Calderon
on behalf of Brian Festa
 WIMAUMA, FL
I am Kari Calderon, a 2nd grade teacher at Reddick Elementary School. I teach in a co-teach classroom with Brian Festa. I am trying to raise money for Brian and his wife Holly Festa who just lost their baby girl Adelyse Sawyer Festa. She is 3 months old. Addy's mother Holly returned to work as an Art Teacher  from her maternity leave on Monday morning and she received updates all day that Addy was doing  wonderful at her first day of daycare.  Tuesday morning, Brian took his daughter to daycare on his way to work. Our students were asking about her throughout the day and Brian was telling other coworkers what a great baby she was for the daycare in the morning during our break.  That afternoon Brian received a phone call while we were trying to pack up our students for dismissal and stated "I have to go, Addy is not breathing" I do not know the details of what happened yet, but I do know that she is with God now. I am asking for people to make donations to help with funeral costs, hospital costs and living cost while they are off from work. They do not have much, if any sick time to use because Holly used her sick days, as well as most of Brian's to get them through while she was on her leave. 
As if this tragedy isn't enough, Brian and Holly lost their first daughter Sawyer a year and a half ago when she was just 2 days old and still are dealing with hospital bills from her passing.  No one can imagine what this family is going through and people say they want to help. Make a donation, no matter how small.  Brian and his wife Holly have stated that money is what they need most along with support from friends and family. Let's all come together and try to take one burden off of them and help them out financially. Brian, Holly, along with their family and friends will be ever so grateful with anything you can help with at all. Thank you.
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Holly and Brian, know that you are in everyone's thoughts and prayers and are loved by so many. Beautiful ceremony tonight for Adelyse and Sawyer. Eternal thanks to all their supporters out there!!
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I cannot express my gratitude towards everyone that has been so gracious to help this amazing family. I am amazed and in awe at all the loving support and prayers for Brian and Holly and their family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
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Heidi Kurpiela Bardi
39 months ago

I'm sitting here, scrolling through this GoFundMe page and I'm overwhelmed, humbled and moved beyond words. The amount of money raised in 24 hours is staggering. I speak on behalf of my entire family when I say thank you, THANK YOU from the bottom of ALL our hearts. Those of you who know me well know that my belief in an all-powerful man in the sky is tenuous at best. My belief in the goodness of people however, has always been my strongest conviction. We get one go around this world – just one, and it's not an easy go for any of us. Life is delicate and unpredictable. The best thing we can do is love, support and be kind to one another. Like it or not, we're all on this crazy train together. I know sometimes people suck, but generally people are amazing. I woke up this morning feeling bitter, fearful and alone. I'm going to bed tonight feeling a lot less angry at the world. Your generosity won't bring back Addy, but it will take an enormous financial weight off the shoulders of my sister and brother-in-law as they (once again) navigate their way out of sadness. Your positive impact is immeasurable. Your love is incredible. Holly and Brian are profoundly grateful. Xo, Heidi

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Maureen Besst
39 months ago
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this is sooo heartbreaking- thanks God that I am blessed and able to contribute $$ for such a needy cause

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Heather Rankin
39 months ago
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My heart aches for the family. God please give them peace in there time of need.

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Tracy Sue Morton Wheeler
39 months ago
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Praying for you holly and brian.

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Lee Anne Donaldson
39 months ago
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May God's love be so real at this tragic time! Thinking of you!

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Lourdes Estrada Lopez-Soto
39 months ago

U I am so sorry for your lost, i can't imagine the pain you both are going through. As heart as it is, you will see both little girls one day, and for now just think both girls are together. God bless and give you strenght through this ordeal.

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Laurie Pille
39 months ago

My deep condolences in this sad time prayers to you

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Anonymous
38 months ago
$25
Susan Paul
38 months ago

My heart (nor my mind) can not even comprehend. I am praying for this family.

$20
Tracey Hawkins
39 months ago

Glad we can help

RM
$100
Robbin McGowan
39 months ago

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May it help to know that others are lifting you up and you are in their thoughts and prayers.

KG
$100
Kathy Geherin
39 months ago

All our thoughts and prayers are with you! We are so sorry for your loss. Karen Dellonte , Kathy and Chris Geherin

LB
$25
Linda Bennett
39 months ago

God Bless you and your family during this challenging time! Blessings and Love!

Heidi Kurpiela Bardi
39 months ago

I'm sitting here, scrolling through this GoFundMe page and I'm overwhelmed, humbled and moved beyond words. The amount of money raised in 24 hours is staggering. I speak on behalf of my entire family when I say thank you, THANK YOU from the bottom of ALL our hearts. Those of you who know me well know that my belief in an all-powerful man in the sky is tenuous at best. My belief in the goodness of people however, has always been my strongest conviction. We get one go around this world – just one, and it's not an easy go for any of us. Life is delicate and unpredictable. The best thing we can do is love, support and be kind to one another. Like it or not, we're all on this crazy train together. I know sometimes people suck, but generally people are amazing. I woke up this morning feeling bitter, fearful and alone. I'm going to bed tonight feeling a lot less angry at the world. Your generosity won't bring back Addy, but it will take an enormous financial weight off the shoulders of my sister and brother-in-law as they (once again) navigate their way out of sadness. Your positive impact is immeasurable. Your love is incredible. Holly and Brian are profoundly grateful. Xo, Heidi

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Maureen Besst
39 months ago
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2

this is sooo heartbreaking- thanks God that I am blessed and able to contribute $$ for such a needy cause

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Heather Rankin
39 months ago
1
1

My heart aches for the family. God please give them peace in there time of need.

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Tracy Sue Morton Wheeler
39 months ago
1
1

Praying for you holly and brian.

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Lee Anne Donaldson
39 months ago
1
1

May God's love be so real at this tragic time! Thinking of you!

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Lourdes Estrada Lopez-Soto
39 months ago

U I am so sorry for your lost, i can't imagine the pain you both are going through. As heart as it is, you will see both little girls one day, and for now just think both girls are together. God bless and give you strenght through this ordeal.

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Laurie Pille
39 months ago

My deep condolences in this sad time prayers to you

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