Taylor Fleming, 17, was killed in a car accident in December. Her extended family is hosting a benefit for her parents and sisters on Sunday, March 18, to help pay her medical bills.
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continued Guido said his niece wasn’t like some teens who felt the need to act like someone else depending on the whims of the crowd.
“What I liked most about her was that she was always herself,” he said. “When my wife and I were around, even if she was with her friends, she would still give us a hug and kiss. She wasn’t that kid that was too cool to express affection. She was always herself. The person she was with her friends, that’s who she was with us. She didn’t change with anyone.”
Despite the fact that a few months have gone by since her passing, Guido said people still make an effort to remember Taylor.
“We understand that people have to go on,” he said. “They can’t be there every single night of the week. But her Facebook page is still getting hits. Her friends are still constantly writing there. Someone is always leaving something at her grave site, memorabilia and different stuff. It’s obvious that people still miss her and they’re still thinking about her.”
Without a doubt, no one struggles with the loss more than Taylor’s parents, Dan and Michelle, and four sisters, Kayleigh, Jordan, Schuyler and Reilley. In addition to the emotional toll, the family must deal with the financial burden of medical bills and other expenses. For that reason, Guido, along with his wife, Dan’s siblings and other family members, are hosting a benefit to assist them in handling the costs left behind.
Guido said his sister and her husband are reluctant to go along with the benefit, but the rest of the family is insistent.
“We don’t know how else to help them through this. This is the only way we know how,” he said. “The medical bills are starting to come in, and they don’t know what will and won’t be covered.”