CORAL SPRINGS, FL – The mother of a Coral Springs pre-school student who died this week is asking for help in paying for her son’s funeral arrangements.
The five-year-boy, whose first name was Evan and was known for his hugs and wide smile, was a student at Maplewood Elementary School in Coral Springs, the school announced on social media.
His mother, Cheyenne Rounsley, posted in a GoFundMe page on Thursday that she has been out of work because of the coronavirus outbreak and is having a hard time paying for the funeral. She wrote that the cause of his death is unknown and that his body hasn’t been released to the funeral home until “proper tests are done.”
“If you ever got the pleasure of meeting him you know how sweet he was. He deserves the best,” she wrote on the GoFundMe page. “Please help me give that to my son. A mother should never have to bury her child. I am blessed to have been his mother for five years, it just wasn't long enough. Help me and my family through this tragic time if you can.”
Rounsley is seeking $10,000 in the GoFundMe campaign to cover the funeral expenses. As of Friday morning, $10,825 was collected from 251 donors.
Her campaign got a lot of attention after Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie sent out a tweet on Thursday.
Runcie wrote: “We lost one of our beautiful students, Evan. The family is having difficulty paying for funeral services he deserves as they have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Please help if you can.”
The school’s principal, Leena Itty, also sent out a tweet offering her condolences: “We are heartbroken to share that one of our PreK babies passed away on Tuesday of this week…“Please keep the family in your prayers as this tragedy is unimaginable!!!”
One of the donors who posted on the GoFundMe page and provided $1,000, wrote to Rounsley: “Evan was a beacon of love with his best hugs and beautiful smile. He will never leave you sweetheart...he lives in your soul.”
Rounsley also wrote on the GoFundMe page:
“Hold your families tight tonight, because you never know when something like this could happen. Take this virus seriously. And pray for me and my family through this difficult time. If nothing else, please pray for us. Thank you. Anything helps.”
You can support Rounsley’s GoFundMe campaign by clicking here.