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In dedication and honor of Valerio

$10,511 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 176 people in 13 months
Please see the NOTE at the bottom of this story.

On Tuesday, April 24, my two nephews (five and ten) were playing by the Androscoggin River near their new home in Auburn, Maine.  My five-year-old nephew fell in the river and his ten-year-old brother jumped in to save him. We are 

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/04/26/wardens-resume-search-for-boy-in-androscoggin-river/ 

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/04/25/search-continues-for-5-year-old-in-androscoggin-river-his-brother-is-in-critical-condition/ 

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/04/24/body-pulled-from-androscoggin-river-in-auburn/

As you can imagine, the parents are devastated.  They are at the bedside of their ten-year-old son hoping that he will persevere through the greatest struggle of his life while they continue to wait for word that the authorities have located their younger child.

I'm hoping and praying to raise enough money to provide a proper burial for their five-year-old child.  I also hope to raise enough to cover any medical expenses not paid by their health insurer such as deductibles, as well as enough to alleviate some of the financial burden that they are expected to endure.  The parents may need other types of assistance in the days and months to come.  I will provide updates and more information as it becomes available.

I'm doing this because with love comes responsibility.  The pain and grief the parents will have to endure is unimaginable.  No parent should have to bury their child.

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From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and generosity during this time of hope and incredible sadness.  I also wish to thank everyone who has come to support my family, especially those brave souls who have put and continue to put their lives in harm's way to help these young boys.

NOTE:  Please be aware that this campaign was setup by the brother (my husband) of the mother of the two boys.  The brother of the father of the two boys has set up a page of his own on YouCaring ... ( https://www.youcaring.com/scottemileandfamily-1177282).  This was NOT intentional, but a simple case of both sides of the family working unknowlingly in unison.  Thank you to everyone for understanding.
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I was asked by go fund me to post this update. .I am michelle naous and valerio is my nephew. The parents helena and jason will use these funds for the burial of their child...my husband is helena's brother and I am their sister-in-law. I created the go-fund-me and the funds go into my checking account and will be given to the parents for expenses..go fund me has put a hold on the bank account for the donations given..and has been under review as an unknown person reported it as fake..so this is written because go fund me required it to release funds to the parents for their childs burial...I hope this company resolves this matter urgently. .I thank everyone who has graciously donted time, efforts and donations..and your loving support.
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The search for Valerio is still ongoing but we are going to find find him. Not finding him is NOT an option.
#TeamValerio

Please get updates on Facebook here :
https://www.facebook.com/ValerioMcfarland
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Sherwood Heights Friends
11 months ago
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Anthony Capisce
12 months ago
MM
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Mindy Moreland
12 months ago
RG
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Rachel Goldstein
12 months ago
DK
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Diane Knightly
12 months ago
AC
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Anthony Capisce
12 months ago
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12 months ago
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