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july10.org startup

Organized by: Vanessa Kaskiris

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THE STORY:

I am in the research and early implementation phase of starting a nonprofit to serve individuals who have experienced traumatic loss.

My decision to pursue this project is a labor of love and genuine need. Eight and a half years ago, my 20-year-old brother Russell was murdered. I experienced a debilitating current of shock, grief, shame, mourning and many other complicated emotions that took years to process. I discovered that despite searching for and desperately needing resources, there appeared to be no single prominent organization specializing in this experience.

I gradually became aware of a subtle societal expectation to get over my pain and act normal; it indicated to me that we simply do not know how to honor grief. Three and a half years after Russell’s murder, my mom passed away. Her pain was so pronounced, that her body shut down. Immediately upon her sudden death, my youngest brother began to exhibit erratic behavior and an inability to think logically. He was later diagnosed with mental illness. I truly know firsthand the devastating and irrevocable effects of traumatic loss on a family. By establishing a website with information, resources, and stories, the organization will acknowledge trauma and provide information for those who feel lost, ashamed, betrayed, and ignored. 

This organization will be called July10.org in honor of Russell - it is his birthday and it was one of his favorite days of the year. The hard launch of the website will coincide with this date in 2016. Anniversaries continue to play a part in the honoring of my grief.

My goal is to raise $5000.00 this summer to support the launch of July10.org. Please consider making a gift to cover expenses associated with launching this organization. Any amount that is comfortable for you will help make this important resource available to people who need it.

$2,000

 

40% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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  • Heather W.

    $100

  • Jeanne Miller

    $100

  • Mary Auth

    $300

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Lisa Webb

    $50

  • Pia Hernandez

    $50

  • Michael & Leyna

    $50

  • Dhea and Joe Maloney

    $100

  • Sabrina Chin

    $100

  • Erin Coller

    $100

  • Stephanie Hornung

     

  • Michelle

     

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Vanessa Kaskiris

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Donor Comments

Michelle

Michelle

I love and miss you! I am so proud of you for doing this and honored to be your cousin. 2 years ago

Stephanie Hornung

Stephanie Hornung

2 years ago

Erin Coller

Erin Coller

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Sabrina Chin

Sabrina Chin

DONATION: $100

It's so great you're doing this, Vanessa. 2 years ago

Dhea and Joe Maloney

Dhea and Joe Maloney

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Michael & Leyna

Michael & Leyna

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Pia Hernandez

Pia Hernandez

DONATION: $50

I am so proud of you Vanessa for pursuing this worthy cause. Thank you for sharing your story. 3 years ago

Lisa Webb

Lisa Webb

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Mary Auth

Mary Auth

DONATION: $300

Vanessa, thank you for taking on this very worthwhile project. You will be providing a service to people in need and will also be continuing your own grieving process in a very meaningful way. 3 years ago

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