Ashley Hallstrom's Funeral Fund

$3,660 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 134 people in 43 months
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All donations will go to Ashley Hallstrom's family to help with the burial costs. Her story is posted below. I strongly encourage everyone to read it with an open heart. Life isn't meant to be spent trying to find happiness in every corner. It should be a given right to everyone and everything. We will miss you Ashley. You were an amazing person with a beautiful soul. May God be beside you and may happiness fill your soul.

Her story.

These are going to be my final words. I can't stand to live another day, so I'm committing suicide. The reason why I've decided to do this is because I'm transgender. For those of you that unsure of what that means, it means that even though I was born in a male body, I am and have always been female. I've known I was female for as far back as I can remember. This caused me to become severely depressed from a very young age. From a very young age I was told that people like me are freaks and abominations, that we are sick in the head and society hates us. This made me hate who I was. I tried so hard to be just like everyone else but this isn't something you can change.   It wasn't until I was 20 that I found out I wasn't alone. I had hope that I would finally be able to live as and love who I am. I finally came out as transgender and began transitioning. For the first time in my life I could say I was genuinely happy. Despite this huge change in my life I never completely got over the depression being trans caused me. Everywhere I'd turn I'd see the hated that society had for us. I had already been poisoned by a society that didn't understand us and, even worse, didn't want to even try. I saw the pain it caused to people like me and going though this same hurt myself it has just become to much for me to take anymore. I wanted so much to help those going though what I had to because nobody should ever have to feel that they hate their life so much that they want to end it all just so they won't have to experience another moment of this sadness. I'm not the first to feel this way and sadly I know I won't be the last.   I'm writing all of this because I've need my story to be shared. I don't want to be just another number of a tragic statistic. People need to know that I'm not just another face of someone they never met. I was alive. I have a family and friends that I love very much and I'm so sorry to them for the hurt this will cause them. I loved being around those that I love. I loved listening to music and singing. I loved going out to eat with friends and enjoying good food. I was a real person. I still want to help people and I believe I still can. Please share my final words. I believe my last words can help make the change that society needs to make so that one day there will be no others like me. Please help make this change because trans people are everywhere. You may never know who you're hurting until it's too late. Please help fix society.   Ashley Hallstrom  https://m.facebook.com/ashley.hallstrom.9?fref=nf&pn_ref=story&ref=bookmarks   


http://m.cachevalleydaily.com/mobile/news/local/article_dda9b6ec-72a3-11e5-93ad-abba099d8d8f.html
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Thank you all so much for the amazing outpouring of support for Ashley's family! We are happy to announce we have not only met, but exceeded our goal. At this time we are closing the campaign and will be delivering the funds to her family as soon as we receive the money. Again, thank you for your support and please don't stop here! Help us change ourselves, our society, and our future generations to create a more accepting and beautiful world that everyone can find their own unique path without shame.
Much Love. ✌
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Amber Lynn Allred
43 months ago

People need to think about the other person that was involved in this mess! How do you think he is going to feel for the rest of his life?!?! Maybe all of you should have some support for him and his family!

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RaLee Jewell
43 months ago
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Amber that is all being taken care of. Thank you for your concern

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Coletta Hughes
43 months ago
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Amber Lynn Allred, It's always been about what the other person is feeling when it comes to being trans, not very other do we matter. It's truly awful what he's dealing with, but not a good reason to blame a community for mourning it's own. Trans people live life dealing with rejection and coping with things you will never understand as a cis women. May you have a blessed life.

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Jaymee Kay Loftin Avery
43 months ago
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Our family would like to flood her families yard with candles in mason jars, as a mother who has buried her own children i would like her family to feel the same love i did, when this was done for me. Can anyone help me with an address? I also have a child who is gender fluid, i am aware of the struggles living in this community. Please help me bring a little light to this family

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Vickie Martinelli-lewis
43 months ago
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We are having issues with the town i live in as they are very close minded and have no.compassion or understanding about transgender. I am praying for this family as my heart.is heavy for all involved. Also this isnt the.place for argument or for other issues. That needs to be handled somewhere else. God Bless

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Charlie Harris
43 months ago
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1

Amber Lynn Allred I do think about the driver, and how awful this experience may be for him. I think about how lucky he is to have a whole community to accept him, not blame him, not judge him. I think about how he will have family, friends, and a community to support him. He will have forgiveness. He will have counseling. He does not live with shame. I think about how lucky he is to hug his family how blessed they are that he is not dead. This forum is about healing for Ashley, her family, friends, and the transgender community.

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Lisa Elaine Meacham
43 months ago

I wish I had found the GoFundMe sooner, I just found out this morning through my mother that I knew her. My brother and I lived down the street from her family in Smithfield. We played over at their house all the time. I can't say that I really "knew" Ashley, but I knew Tyrel and his mom. It's such a terrible thing that people can't live and let live. It's horrible that we make people feel like the only solution is to remove themselves from the equation. I hope she finds the peace and acceptance that she so desperately needed in life. RIP Ashley.

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Leasa Snoddon
43 months ago

everyone wake up. this is our kids and grandkids future instill in their young brains that its all ok to be different or shall i say normal. Be who u wanna be . Do what u were made for. God loves us all whether nobody accepts us he will always. LOVE EVERYONE!

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Miriam Hughes-Cholewa
43 months ago

I was so sorry to read about Ashley. How I wish she could have come to New Zealand where being transgender, gay or anywhere on the spectrum is much easier given NZ's history of acceptance of people's lives and sexuality. My small NZ town had the world's first transgender mayor almost two decades ago and NZ society continues to progress in this regard. My condolences and love to Ashley's family and friends.

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Autumn Sunset
43 months ago

I hope a donation is made to the innocent truck driver who will forever have to live with the fact that you could have killed them and others on the road as you committed your ultimate act of self absorption.

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Riley Munsen
43 months ago

RaLee did you know Ashley?

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RaLee Jewell
43 months ago

Please disregard what the newspaper has said. There will be a Candle Vigil for the family in Smithfield at  Central park. Address is 80 w 100 n. Behind Smithfield Imp. Please join us to light up the sky in thoughts, prayers and hopes for Ashley and her family. Thank you

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Kellie Rieben
43 months ago

Can I be told where the candlelight vigil for the family will be held. I would like to go.

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RaLee Jewell
43 months ago

A candle ceremony will be taking place at her parents house this Saturday at 7pm. Please message me for the address. Thank you to everyone for your kind heart and concern about Ashley.

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RaLee Jewell
43 months ago

Jaymee you can contact me by personally emailing me on this page. I will gladly help you bring light to this family in need.

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VW
$100
Vicki Wright
43 months ago
JM
$5
Joanne Mason
43 months ago
SN
$50
Scott & Fonda Nelson
43 months ago

We are so sorry this happened. Our love and prayers go out to you and your family.

JL
$10
Jodi Larkin
43 months ago

Friend always

KG
$35
Ken Gagne
43 months ago
$100
Anonymous
43 months ago
$5
James Johnston
43 months ago

It's only a little but I hope it helps. I hope society does get fixed and soon. With love from Chicago, Jamey

$5
Christine and Alicia Earl
43 months ago

This breaks our hearts! People are people. We are all human beings and we all bleed red. This crap needs to stop NOW! Bullying is not a tolerable action.

LB
$10
Lewis Bailey
43 months ago

RIP. I am so sorry to hear about this loss of life. I pray that one day what happened here will never happen again. I pray she has a funeral which honors her memory and life

$25
Anonymous
43 months ago
Amber Lynn Allred
43 months ago

People need to think about the other person that was involved in this mess! How do you think he is going to feel for the rest of his life?!?! Maybe all of you should have some support for him and his family!

+ Read More
RaLee Jewell
43 months ago
9
9

Amber that is all being taken care of. Thank you for your concern

+ Read More
Coletta Hughes
43 months ago
6
6

Amber Lynn Allred, It's always been about what the other person is feeling when it comes to being trans, not very other do we matter. It's truly awful what he's dealing with, but not a good reason to blame a community for mourning it's own. Trans people live life dealing with rejection and coping with things you will never understand as a cis women. May you have a blessed life.

+ Read More
Jaymee Kay Loftin Avery
43 months ago
5
5

Our family would like to flood her families yard with candles in mason jars, as a mother who has buried her own children i would like her family to feel the same love i did, when this was done for me. Can anyone help me with an address? I also have a child who is gender fluid, i am aware of the struggles living in this community. Please help me bring a little light to this family

+ Read More
Vickie Martinelli-lewis
43 months ago
3
3

We are having issues with the town i live in as they are very close minded and have no.compassion or understanding about transgender. I am praying for this family as my heart.is heavy for all involved. Also this isnt the.place for argument or for other issues. That needs to be handled somewhere else. God Bless

+ Read More
Charlie Harris
43 months ago
1
1

Amber Lynn Allred I do think about the driver, and how awful this experience may be for him. I think about how lucky he is to have a whole community to accept him, not blame him, not judge him. I think about how he will have family, friends, and a community to support him. He will have forgiveness. He will have counseling. He does not live with shame. I think about how lucky he is to hug his family how blessed they are that he is not dead. This forum is about healing for Ashley, her family, friends, and the transgender community.

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Lisa Elaine Meacham
43 months ago

I wish I had found the GoFundMe sooner, I just found out this morning through my mother that I knew her. My brother and I lived down the street from her family in Smithfield. We played over at their house all the time. I can't say that I really "knew" Ashley, but I knew Tyrel and his mom. It's such a terrible thing that people can't live and let live. It's horrible that we make people feel like the only solution is to remove themselves from the equation. I hope she finds the peace and acceptance that she so desperately needed in life. RIP Ashley.

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Leasa Snoddon
43 months ago

everyone wake up. this is our kids and grandkids future instill in their young brains that its all ok to be different or shall i say normal. Be who u wanna be . Do what u were made for. God loves us all whether nobody accepts us he will always. LOVE EVERYONE!

+ Read More
Miriam Hughes-Cholewa
43 months ago

I was so sorry to read about Ashley. How I wish she could have come to New Zealand where being transgender, gay or anywhere on the spectrum is much easier given NZ's history of acceptance of people's lives and sexuality. My small NZ town had the world's first transgender mayor almost two decades ago and NZ society continues to progress in this regard. My condolences and love to Ashley's family and friends.

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Autumn Sunset
43 months ago

I hope a donation is made to the innocent truck driver who will forever have to live with the fact that you could have killed them and others on the road as you committed your ultimate act of self absorption.

+ Read More
Riley Munsen
43 months ago

RaLee did you know Ashley?

+ Read More
RaLee Jewell
43 months ago

Please disregard what the newspaper has said. There will be a Candle Vigil for the family in Smithfield at  Central park. Address is 80 w 100 n. Behind Smithfield Imp. Please join us to light up the sky in thoughts, prayers and hopes for Ashley and her family. Thank you

+ Read More
Kellie Rieben
43 months ago

Can I be told where the candlelight vigil for the family will be held. I would like to go.

+ Read More
RaLee Jewell
43 months ago

A candle ceremony will be taking place at her parents house this Saturday at 7pm. Please message me for the address. Thank you to everyone for your kind heart and concern about Ashley.

+ Read More
RaLee Jewell
43 months ago

Jaymee you can contact me by personally emailing me on this page. I will gladly help you bring light to this family in need.

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