Brooklyn Mother with Dreams to Open LGBT Safehaven Dies on Christmas
Photo: New York Daily NewsBrooklyn, NY home health care aide Donna Fountain, 38, had five items written on a piece of paper in her pocket the morning she was struck by a hit-and-run driver and died. The handwritten note stated that she wanted to find a great job, buy a house by age 45, start a sanctuary for gay and lesbian teens, marry the woman of her dreams, and watch her son, Elijah, graduate from college.
“She gave everything she had to her son and worked so hard for him,” said her friend Dena Baveghems, 28, to New York Daily News. “She was all about making her dreams come true. Nothing could have stopped her except this.”
Ben Fountain called his sister “an exceptional woman” who was working hard to make a bright future for herself and her boy.
“She did it all on her own. She built herself up,” he said. “She believed in herself. She had the normal problems any single parent has, but she persevered and fought for her dreams.”
He added that the cops are “98% certain they can catch who did this.”
Elijah, 8, will be staying with relatives following the passing of his mother on Christmas.