An online fundraiser for the family of Yellowknife house fire victim Andrew Debogorski raised more than $6,000 within a day of its launch.
Andrew, 32, is remembered as one of the city’s most creative and dynamic residents. He passed away in a fire at his 51A Avenue home on Friday, December 28, having also lived with the disease ALS since mid-2017.
“[Andrew’s] wife, Myriam and young children Nyah and Miroslav are now preparing to say goodbye to Andrew while dealing with the loss of their home,” read a GoFundMe page created by Curtis Debogorski and shared hundreds of times online.
“This fund will support Myriam and her young family to prepare for Andrew’s funeral and their interim needs of food, clothing and daily living,” the GoFundMe page’s description continued.
“Thank you to all of you who have contributed in your prayers, well wishes and support through this difficult time for the Debogorski family.”
The page links to a video celebrating the birth of Miroslav, who is four months old, which contains scenes of the family together earlier in 2018.
As of 9:30am on Tuesday, New Year’s Day, the page had raised $6,600 of a stated $25,000 goal.
While details have yet to be confirmed, Andrew’s funeral is expected to take place on or near the weekend of January 12 and 13.