Kayah's Memorial Fund & Support for Caleb & River

For: The children of Kayah Gaydish
Asheville, NC
Organizer: Emilia Tuerack
Kayah's Memorial Fund & Support for Caleb & River (The children of Kayah Gaydish)
of $1,000,000 goal.
Raised by 1012 donors
8% Complete

The Story

Kayah Gaydish, age 36, died suddenly in an accident on December 20th, 2015. As a single mom she is survived by her children Caleb, age 17 and River, age 14.

As a single mother, Kayah strove to provide for her children as best as she could. Unfortunately there is no life insurance or assets. The kids lost their father at a young age. And so, there is a HUGE financial need to help these parentless teenagers overcome the financial obstacles before them. If the community can dig deep and open their hearts and wallets we can make a profound difference in the lives of Caleb and River.

Memorial service funds are needed for the many expenses involved including cremation costs, ceremony funds and transportation expenses.  Funds need be raised to help cover the up coming college years and to assist them into transitioning becoming productive assets to the community! There is a HUGE need still. Please continue to give as generously as you can and KNOW that 100% of this money is being set up into a trust for the two kids. A small group of us are working with Caleb to make sure that the funds are secure that they will be responsibly administered towards their most immediate needs as well as living expenses. A CPA who knew Kayah has come forward to help guide the funds into a solid investment plan for Caleb and River's long term future. 

Some people have contacted us to say the feel more comfortable to send a donation through the mail. Feel free to click "Contact Administrator" to communicate about a mail option or if you have any services you'd like to offer as well. So far a local attorney, a dentist, and an out of sate academic tutor offering online session have stepped forward to gift their services. The kids are VERY touched and are feeling the love and support from all of you loving and generous people (many of you whom are complete strangers)! If you cant find the contact button my email is emiliatuerack (insert the "at" symbol ) gmail.com

Also, here is the link to the news story about Kayah http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/2015/12/21/asheville-climber-dies-50-foot-fall/77693052/

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 7, 2016

Posted on January 7, 2016

GOOD NEWS: Caleb and Rived have joined the loving family of Stuart and Kim Engel in East Asheville. Stuart and Kim are parents to 3 daughters and have been long time friends of Kayah’s and have know Caleb and River since Kindergarten age.
THE BIG NEED: Although the kids have a loving home, their simply isn’t enough room- River and Caleb don’t have bedrooms to sleep in! There is an immediate need to raise funds to add an addition onto their house so that River and Caleb can have bedrooms. With two more kids added to the family, the Engle's can't afford moving into a larger house with more bedrooms. The expanded family of 7 (not to mention dogs and cats) are lovingly squished into their 2,400 sq foot home until funds are raised to break ground and add two bedrooms and a bathroom onto the Engle's current home of 15 years. Every little bit helps. If you are a licensed electrician, plumber, contractor or a skilled builder, PLEASE let us know if you can donate free or discounted labor. If anyone has a hook up for free or wholesale building materials, please contact Stuart at: Smile42 [at symbol] aol.com

The community has shown generous support in creating a Trust Funds for the kids, however this fundraising effort is a separate need. The Engel's WILL NOT use any of the monies from the trust for this building project.  Thank you so much if you have already donated to the Memorial/Trust Fund! Please consider making another contribution to this fund if you are able. Checks can be written directly to Stuart Engel and mailed to 19 Bull Mountain Road, Asheville, NC 28805
To donate online to this new fund click here.

Posted on December 23, 2015

Posted on December 23, 2015

Some people have contacted us to say the feel more comfortable to send a donation through the post or hand a check to the administrators. Feel free to click "Contact Administrator" if you would like to communicate about doing so. If you cant find the contact button my email is emiliatuerack (insert the "at" symbol ) gmail.com

Posted on December 22, 2015

Posted on December 22, 2015

Hello Everyone,

Thanks to your open hearts we have raised over 21k in less than 24 hours!!! A trust fund has been set up and some of us will be working with Caleb to help him figure out a monthly budgeting and money management goals.

MANY people who have never met Kayah or the kids are donating simply because they have seen the YOUCARING post on a friend or family member's Facebook page. Imagine what more people can do for Caleb and River in just the next 24 hours, and through the holiday season?  All it take is an individual commitment to continuing to spread the word to other compassionate people!

Here is the post if you are in a position to help spread it to friends and family!


Thanks again so much for your kindness!

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