Urgent! 24 Hours! Kim Masterson's Burial and Service costs
Organized by: Krissy Workman
Our sister Kim was born February 13, 1960, and died December 21, 2015. She suffered every day of her life, not only having had cerebral palsy, but due to her particular circumstances. Apparently when I was born in 1969, Kim became a ward of the state due to her disability and spent a number of years in Western State, an institution our mother helped to eventually shut down. In the struggle to regain custody of Kim and fight the injustices that occurred at the state institution (Kim was sitting next to another girl, who had been given a bone-in pork chop to eat - with a spoon - and had watched her choke to death; Kimmy fell off a potty seat and broke her hip, etc.) Our mother, along with the parent group, WSSH spoke before Congress to create laws to protect the rights of the handicapped; for instance, now there is handicapped parking and facility access. By the time she was able to get Kim out, much of the damage had been done. She hadn't had the physical therapy, speech therapy she needed, especially during those growing years. She had severe scoliosis, and her limbs were very stiff and twisted. She had operations on her hands; they seemed even worse afterwards, she had a rod placed in her back, was put in a body cast for (18 months) with pins in her knees, and a halo (screws in her head) with weights suspended. None of these measures corrected her scoliosis. Braces, devices of all sorts were attempted. She had no choice to suffer in that body. Her speech may have been slow, but her mind was sharp as a tack! She didn't miss a trick, and was very sensitive towards what was happening to the people around her. She loved everybody, and didn't feel sorry for herself, smiled often, never complained. So much courage. To witness that from such a young age was mind blowing to me. I was so inspired, and grateful. And she had a great sense of humor. She loved to make you laugh. Oh, where I imagined she'd lived in that mind. I dreamed about it. She could go anywhere, do anything. The sky's the limit now, babe!
Unfortunately, we have the grisly business of dealing with that awful body she was undoubtedly ecstatic to escape. She did not have life insurance and we live month to month. So, my sister, Melissa is out right now trying to set up an account for a fund to procure assistance with her burial. Kim lived on Social Security funds; as she was unmarried and had no children, they cannot help. Kim's body is at UPMC McKeesport; they gave us 24 hours to have her removed. We have a plan; when our mother, Mary Ann Masterson died, our grandmother, Margaret Varecha purchased the plot to include a place for Kimmy; the stone already has her name on it. It is in St.Joseph's Cemetery in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. I am in Denver, trying to help as best I can with the arrangements. We only need $5000, with arrangements handled by Master Francesco. Closed casket, vault, digging open the gravestone, clergy, small ceremony on site. Well, please help us if you can. https://www.instagram.com/p/_kkXNMnVdS/
My brother in law, John Campbell wrote this :
It comes with a heavy heart that I would like to ask all family and friends to take a minute to keep us in your thoughts and say a prayer for Melissa's sister Kim who passed away yesterday afternoon. She was a sweet dear soul and truly one of Gods children. She had lived her life with Cerebral Palsy that kept her from doing even the simplest things in life that we all take for granted, but that never seemed to dampen her spirit or stop her from doing the things she loved. She was an inspiration to us all, Kim will be sadly missed, but she will be finally able to walk freely with her mother and grandmother, and her love light will continue to put a smile on our faces every time we think of her. Rest in Peace Kim. Forever in the hearts of your sisters Melissa Campbell and Krissy Workman, and all that had the pleasure of being touched by your grace.
My friend Ian Ottaway wrote this:
Perhaps she didn’t so much as die as she just moved on to the bigger picture, the eternal reward, into a frame without time where pain has no say in the matters... an untouchable place where you take what you loved with you into the foreverness of sure calm...
you were lucky to know her
we were not meant to stay here and search for bread
we were here
to find one another
and produce smiles out of light that we pulled from black night shade
she has no pain
more pure than zen itself
Always of the world
Always of the sweet forever after
bless her one of kind dear
We just reached 100%; thank you, everyone!!!
My brother-in-law, John Campbell wrote this:
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone that took the time to reach out to our family in this time of the loss of my sister in law Kim. We will be laying Kim to rest tomorrow next to her mom. I can hardly put into words how deeply moved I am over the overwhelming support and generosity of family, friends and a lot of you I don't even know. Some of you I will never be able to thank enough, you went above and beyond what I could have ever imagined. Kim will have a very simple grave side service, she will finally be at rest and at peace, her spirit will finally be able to go where her body could not, and I know that beautiful smile will shine down upon us all, I will hold her memory close. I will not have a hole in my heart because her everlasting light and the memory of her beautiful soul will be there until one day we may meet again. May you rest in eternal peace, I will miss you. I also wanted to thank you all for shearing are cause that helped make her funeral service posable. There hasn't been much to grieve, the suddenness and all that had to be put into getting the arrangements together and all that still has to be done didn't leave much time to grieve. So please keep us once again in you thoughts and prayers so as to help us through a day of closure, it will be a tuff one. To the friends of Melissa Campbell, Krissy Workman, Jordan Campbell, Jenna Campbell, Johnna Campbell, Matt Campbell, Kristin Campbell and the so many more of you that blessed us with your kindness.