A Tragic Loss: Please Help the Torigoe Family
The Builders Association Charity received the following letter regarding a family who suffered a terrible and tragic accident on Thursday, August 18, 2011. Many of you likely heard this heart-wrenching story on the news. This mother of five passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2011of injuries she sustained in the accident. We would appreciate so much you helping us to get the word out to assist this family.
The Builders Association Charity is also accepting donations on their behalf that will be used to pay expenses for the children such as Power, School Clothes, Food, Phone, and the like. Although this letter was addressed to families of Wooster and SYFL, this is our community, and when tragic loss is felt, it is felt and shared by each of us.
If anyone in the public would like to make a donation to the family, please make checks payable to the Builders Association Charity with a note in the memo section: Torigoe Family. Any donations made for the family are be tax deductible. A receipt for the donation will be sent to each donor. In addition, an acoount in trust for these childrenhas been established at US BANK. You may donate at any branch with the following account number: 153754885694. This family has a long road ahead.
Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Builders Association Charity
5484 Reno Corporate Drive
Reno, NV 89511
E-mail dated 8/21/2011
Many of you have heard me talk over the past three years about the challenges we face in the Wooster Camp. One of our families and member of my team last year lost their job, their house, car and ended up in the homeless shelter. But the single mom, Kimberly Torigoe with three children under 18 was determined for them to enjoy the same experiences as other children. I recall last year when the mother's name came up on the list to bring cut up oranges and juice boxes to our home game against Damonte, she refused to let anybody take her place. She took her kids with her on the bus to the store, had the deli cut up some oranges and took her three children, a stroller and the cut up oranges and juice boxes by bus to the. Her determination was tremendous. She worked very hard over the last year to get her kids and herself into an apartment and just purchased a used mini van in the last couple of weeks. Last Saturday at the Experience her 15 year old and 3 year old daughters worked with my 7 year old daughter during our three scrimmages to be our team's water girls and they had an absolute blast.
This past Thursday we had a Board approved Galena Smack Down scrimmage set up with Galena, Sparks & Spanish Springs. This family loaded up their mini van and headed out to go once again to have a great time being our water girls while cheering on their brother who plays defense on our team. Their mini van broke down just as they were going to get onto the highway at Oddie and the I-80 overpass. They were pulled over on the side of the road and the mom got out and went around to the front of the car to pop the hood and see if maybe something obvious had come off or broken. As she was in front of the car an inattentive driver reaching for an item such as a drink or cell phone ran into the rear of her mini van knocking the mom to the ground and pushing her own car over the top of her. Our player knowing our Co-Head Coach Maurice Carter is a Reno Fireman called him from the car in panic wanting to know what to do. Coach Moe on his way to the scrimmage with a vehicle loaded with people rushed to the scene to try and assist and lend comfort.
We made multiple trips to the ER to support the family emotionally and financially since Thursday night and pray for her recovery. The Daily family in our camp was especially helpful. Unfortunately the injuries she sustained were too much to overcome and she passed away this morning. We have received numerous calls, emails and texts of support from league members wanting to know what they could do to help. I want to say a special Thank you to Amber Reid from the Galena Camp and Tina Triplet from the Sparks camp. Your love and caring should not go unmentioned.
An Attorney will be working on finding out what type of insurance the other driver had. In the meantime the two older kids were getting ready to start school and are understandably shell shocked. I am sure they could use some school supplies, school clothes and even food for their pantry. They have an Aunt that will be staying with them indefinitely but is economically challenged under the circumstances.
Once I get the account number and any more information tomorrow I will pass it along and hope that you all will be able to share with your individual camps and communities. This is the first time many of these players have had to deal with this type of situation and we are showing them that we in the Wooster Camp and SYFL are family.
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
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