Peace for the Plourdes

For: Aaron Plourde
Durham, NC
Organizer: Sophie Williams
of $100,000 goal
41% Complete
Raised by 521 donors

The Story

Aaron Plourde was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June 2017, which was a stunning blow for a man so young. Since then, he has been fighting, undergoing months of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Recently, after months of treatment, Aaron and his family learned that despite this, his cancer is growing quickly and he is no longer a candidate for potentially life-saving surgery. Aaron is now receiving palliative treatment so he can enjoy the limited time that he has left with his wife, his young children, and all the friends and family who know and love him.

As you can imagine, the financial burden from the cost of Aaron’s medical care is significant. In addition to this, Aaron is now too sick to work, and his wife cares for him and their children almost full-time. Once Aaron is gone, she will bear the cost of end-of-life expenses, home repairs, and all of the monthly expenses to keep their family afloat for years to come. The burden is immense, and as members of their circle of friends, we so want to give this hard-working family the financial freedom to live together now and to take time to grieve together, without worrying about how they will keep their home and provide for their children. 

The goal of this fundraiser is two-fold: 1) to decrease the stress this family is feeling so that they can focus on making memories during the time they have left together, and 2) to give Aaron some peace of mind that his family’s financial burden will be lightened. 

Please join us in making a donation in support of the Plourde family, and help provide #PeaceforthePlourdes. No amount is too small! Donations will go directly to the Plourde family, to give them peace of mind and alleviate some of the financial burden that comes with a devastating diagnosis like this one.

Donate using the button on this page, or you can mail a check to: Julia Monley Plourde, 5014 Green Oak Drive, Durham, NC 27712.

Here's how you can help: 

  1. Make a gift if you can. Any amount helps! 
  2. Spread the word! Share this link on your social media channels, email to your family and friends, or ask just one other person if they can make a small (or large!) gift. 
  3. Take to your community! Are you a member of a church family or other community group? Ask if they would consider directing a portion of weekly donations to the Plourde family, or donating as an organization. Do you have a neighborhood message board, or are you in a particularly active Facebook group? Post there! We need your help in connecting with the broader community to help us relieve some of the financial burden for this sweet family who is already facing so much. 

THANK YOU for helping provide #PeaceforthePlourdes! 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 6, 2018


Posted on June 6, 2018

Please save the date for a celebration of Aaron’s life, Saturday, August 18th, 4 p.m., here in Durham, NC. Details will be added here as they come: Celebrating Aaron

If you are a local friend and have a guest room to offer to an out of town friend or family member, please leave a comment on this journal entry on the family's Caring Bridge site. 

Posted on May 17, 2018

Posted on May 17, 2018

I wanted to share the link to Aaron's obituary, which was published this past Monday, and is accessible here. I hope you will read this remembrance of a wonderful person who will be much missed. I also wanted to share this excerpt from the piece with information on services: "Visiting hours with the family will be held on Sunday, May 20th from 12 to 4 PM at their home, 5014 Green Oak Drive, Durham, NC 27712. In lieu of flowers, please consider the needs of the family. Donations can be made at A celebration of Aaron's life will take place in the coming months. Information will be announced at a later date." 

Posted on May 13, 2018

Posted on May 13, 2018

It is with great sadness that I share the following update from Aaron's wife, Julia: 

forever missed

Dear friends and family, 

I am heartbroken to share that Aaron passed away in the early morning hours. He died peacefully, wrapped in my arms. I wish so much that I could have healed him, but I could only give him love and comfort in the end. 

I don't have a lot of words right now.

The kids and I are going to travel this week, have a change of scenery, see friends and family.

Thank you all for walking this path with us.


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