Posts Tagged ‘GoFundMe’

Former South Whidbey High School football coach Mark Hodson.

A Whidbey Island gridiron legend and his family are in need.

Mark Hodson, a South Whidbey High School social studies teacher, led the Falcon football program to great success through two tours of duty.

Sunday, he and his family returned from a day at the lake to find their Freeland home a complete loss after a fire.

The Hodson home on Spinnaker Drive was fully involved when firefighters from multiple departments arrived on scene.

South Whidbey Fire/EMS reported neighbors “were actively using garden hoses to help as much as possible.”

Firefighters from South and Central Whidbey stations used interior and exterior extinguishment tactics to keep the fire from spreading to nearby houses, but the Hodson home was a complete loss.

With the family gone, no one was injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Friends of the Hodson’s have set up a GoFundMe to help the family of six, which has been left with little more than the clothes on their backs.

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Nevin (left) and Taylor Daniels.

A two-vehicle T-bone crash Monday right outside of Freeland claimed the life of a member of the South Whidbey High School Class of 2021.

Taylor Daniels, who played for the Falcon soccer team, was airlifted to Harborview, where he passed away.

Older brother Nevin Daniels was transported to Providence, where he is recovering. A pregnant passenger was taken to Whidbey Health for a precautionary evaluation.

The accident happened at the intersection of Highway 525 and Bush Point Road just after 5 PM.

Friends of the Daniels family have set up a GoFundMe to aid them.

“We know we can’t take this unimaginable pain away, but we can help take some of the financial burden away,” wrote organizer Holly Sharp-Hezel.

“This is a time when family and friends make the difference. Let’s come together and show these wonderful people how much we love them, how much we care and support them.

“Funeral costs should not be on their mind right now, especially when they have another son to take care of during his recovery.”



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Coupeville’s lil’ miracle guy, Baby Owen, has grown from 1.5 to 4.5 pounds since birth. (Photo courtesy Leslie Improta)

One of Coupeville’s littlest heroes continues to fight, and we can help his progress.

Former CMS counselor Leslie Improta has been leading the charge to help out the Camatti family, whose son Owen was just 1.5 pounds at birth.

The lil’ guy is at the University of Washington’s Medical Hospital, and has packed on three more pounds thanks to great care.

Owen’s mother Carrie, who is staying with her son, has MS, and she and Owen’s father Charles can use all the support they can get during this time.

If you can help, checks made out to Charles Camatti can be mailed to Leslie Improta at 683 Power Road, Coupeville, WA 98239.

There is also a GoFundMe set up:


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Aleksia Jump dares you to run. (Jackie Saia photos)

Central Whidbey softball sluggers (l to r) Madison McMillan, Allison Nastali, Chloe Marzocca, and Savina Wells celebrate another win.

Marzocca is a strikeout machine in the pitcher’s circle.

District championship in hand, it’s off to state. But first, confetti.

They are a hard-hittin’, slick-fieldin’, high-hard-cheddar-tossin’, league-title-winnin’ band of sluggers.

Thumping foes left and right, the Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball team has rolled to a 17-2 record, a District 11 title, and a berth at the state tourney.

Ranging in ages from 10-12, the 12 young women who make up the squad are both the present and the future of youth athletics in Coupeville.

And now we can help them achieve a piece of their dream.

The state tourney is held in Poulsbo from June 29 to July 7, and team moms have launched a GoFundMe to help raise money for food, travel, and lodgings.

All donations will be split evenly between the 12 families, with any extra going back to support Central Whidbey Little League.

If you’re wondering who you would be supporting, here’s an alphabetic look at the Hammerheads roster:

Brionna Blouin
Taylor Brotemarkle
Teagan Calkins
Mia Farris
Jada Heaton
Aleksia Jump
Katie Marti
Chloe Marzocca
Madison McMillan
Allison Nastali
Mayleen Weatherford
Savina Wells

Remember those names, because you’ll be seeing them many, many more times over the years.

So, whether you’ve got some loose change rattling around your couch cushions or some Bill Gates-style money just beggin’ to be used, consider helping a band of strong, smart, goal-orientated young women who are strong athletes, and better people.

It would be money well spent.


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Maia Sparkman, seen during her high school track days, sets off for Zambia in April to join the Peace Corps. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Maia Sparkman is one of the great ones.

She was a phenomenal athlete, both at South Whidbey High School and then at Seattle University.

As a Falcon, she was a standout on the soccer pitch and a state meet medal-winning supernova in track and field, the sport she continued to pursue in college.

Now, during her prep days, I was much more combative with those who lived on the South end of the Island.

There was a moment, though, after finally listening to people wiser than myself, that I started reaching out to Falcon Nation with an olive branch, instead of swinging my computer keyboard wildly to and fro.

During that time, I wrote several feature stories on South Whidbey athletes, and Maia, showing her grace, agreed to be the first Falcon I wrote about.

In her answers to my questions, she showed herself to be highly-intelligent, very-focused, and a young woman with immense potential.

Maia didn’t have to talk to me, but she did, and I greatly appreciated it, both then and now.

Thursday night, one of my favorite former Coupeville athletes, Haley Sherman, posted a link to a GoFundMe for Maia, and, being curious, I popped over to check it out.

Once there, I discovered Ms. Sparkman has joined the Peace Corps and is off to Zambia in April to kick off a two-year adventure.

I also found that, after working two jobs after college to build up savings, she unfortunately fell prey to a scam which gutted those savings.

Her family and friends have come together to try and help Maia get back on her feet financially, and I hope the mission blossoms.

This young woman is one of the best and brightest Whidbey Island has produced during my time running Coupeville Sports, and how can you not want her to succeed when her goal in life is simply to help others?

So, take a moment, pop over to the link below to get more facts, and, if you can, hopefully help Maia, with financial aid, positive messages, or both.



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