Today some of us gathered and talked about how this tragedy came to be. We are all feeling weary with many emotions, but agreed on moving forward to ensure Kelli’s story is told by people who love and support her.
This is the best way we can help.
Moving forward can be difficult. Feelings of despair and anger have caused a divide in many communities across the country. The events leading us here are difficult to hear. The news reports are hard to watch. A small community is struggling. The Autism community is divided. Friends and family are reeling.
How do you support an entire family torn in two?
Should there be a divide? Do you have to choose?
I guess you have to ask yourself… What’s in your heart?!
This story began with a family that was struggling and it continues to affect each one of them on a personal level no person can even imagine.
There should not be a divide, there should be unity. We should surround this family with our love and support by talking with friends who are struggling, finding an outlet for our negative feelings. Dig down deep and explore empathy. Imagine yourself in these circumstances fighting for someone you love so much that you are willing to sacrifice everything. What would THEY want?
Which leads me to my next thought…
If I am feeling this way, how are the REST of Kelli’s friends feelings? Kelli has reached out to so many people in so many ways other than her story about Autism. Kelli has more friends than I ever imagined and they are all related to a different part of her life. I still continue to be amazed.
Last night I reached out to Kelli’s friends on Twitter to send a message about the fundraiser. In the coming days, we are hoping to have a statement from Kelli and will post it here for everyone. People have been so kind to send money, love and words of support. I think it’s important that we hear from Kelli. Talking to her certainly makes ME feel better so maybe a little of her goodness will ease the rest of our feelings and help us know how she’s doing. We will get this posted in the next few days.
Today we had an anonymous donation to Kelli’s defense fund for $1,000! Whoa! Someone out there really understands Kelli’s story! Thank you!
Stay tuned! We also have a special fundraiser incentive coming this week…stay tuned! http://www.youcaring.com/other/friends-of-kelli-stapleton/90021
Friend of Kelli Stapleton,