Heartbreaking story out of Chesapeake, Va. Three children will go on their family dream vacation in order to keep their mothers memory alive after she passed away recently.
Shelli Carrington had stage 4 breast cancer and wanted nothing more than for her kids to have their family dream vacation. Carrington was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago and was recently battling an infection but was hoping to recover.
Sadly, the 49-year-old mother of three passed away on Sunday, December 30th from complications. As a member of the Vertical Church in Chesapeake, Va, the leaders wanted to help the family in need. Brian Owen, the lead organizational pastor stated, “She got an infection and just wasn’t able to fight it off and took a very sudden and dramatic turn. They had never been able to take a vacation as a family, and it was really important to her that they get to go on that family dream vacation.”
Leaders from her church were putting all of the Christmas offerings this year towards a trip for her and her kids. Owen stated that is was Carrington’s “lifelong dream to take her three children, ages 11, 20, and 24, to Disney World.” Before she passed Carrington stated, “No matter what happened to (her), she wanted her kids to take the trip.”
The community response from Vertical Church and Chesapeake, Va. were overwhelming! According to Josh Butcher, the leader teaching pastor, the “community response to the initial story a couple weeks ago was incredible. We not only met our goal for $10,000, but we actually surpassed it.”
Owens and Butcher said that Carrington’s children, along with a family relative, will be taking their trip to remember their mom in late February or early March. Owens added, “When they’re laughing and having a good time they will remember their mom and everything she meant to them. She was a great lady.”
The remainder of the money collected will be put into a college fund for the 11-year-old. The church leaders are also raising money to go towards any funeral expenses.
Source: WTKR News
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