Community Raises Funds for Child's Tombstone

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

Car Shows For Fun from Page county hosted a car show and auction for a tombstone for a child with shaken baby syndrome in Stanley Saturday night.

People from Page County participated in the car show, Chinese auction and cake wheel. Members of the community donated cakes and prices for the event.

Brandi Flick a mother of the child remembers her daughter before the accident.

"She was happy. She was a good baby. Much better than my first. She didn't cry or nothing. She was a good baby," Flick said.

The mother of two said a babysitter shook her five-month-old in February 2011. Her baby, Alyssa, was airlifted to the University of Virginia Hospital.

"It was hard. It was heartbreaking," she said.

Flick said Alyssa spent two months at the hospital. She said the baby had a feeding tube and seizures when she returned home.

"She should have been smiling, running and laughing but she couldn't do none of that," Flick said.

Alyssa died on July 5, 2012. This Saturday's fundraiser was aimed to help for a Stem Cell therapy. However, since she passed away it is now for a tombstone.

"It wouldn't have been the last gift I expected to give to her," Flick said.

Melissa Cubbage, a volunteer with Car Shows for Fun from Page County said they help neighbors struggling.

"The last thing they need to be worried about is oh my God how am I gonna pay for this. So the little bit we can do is to help to raise money since they're in our community. They're our family, they are our friends," she said.

Cubbage said they did not have a set goal for the fundraiser.

Flick said the tombstone costs about 10,000. They hope they could raise $3,500 dollars with the event.

Felicia Anderson from Stanley is one of the community members chipping in for the cause. She said she puts herself in Flick's shoes.

" It's absolutely a great cause. I couldn't imagine having to go through it. I'm a parent of a 2-year-old myself and i couldn't imagine being here without her," Anderson said.

As of 11 p.m. on Saturday organizers said they had raised $1,500 dollars.

Flick said private donations can be sent to Kathy Martin-Alyssa's Bucket Acc Partners 1st, 558-C W. Main. St, Stanley, Va 22851.


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