Two days after a tragic crash in Delaware Park that took the life of 3-year-old Maksym Sugorovskiy, hundreds of people have pledged thousands of dollars to help the family.
"The family is committed to staying strong for this brave little girl, but are also coping with the reality that her little brother has passed," wrote Rachel Cantor on the GoFundMe page. "I am setting this up to help the family with the costs for Maksym's funeral and the care of Stephanie as she has a long recovery ahead of her."
Within five hours of Rachel Cantor's starting the page Sunday, more than 300 people had pledged a total of $10,362, surpassing the goal of $10,000. By 6:30 a.m. Monday, more than 500 people had donated a total of $19,100. The amounts given ranged from $10 to $1,000.
UPDATE: By 1:30 p.m., donations were just shy of $29,000 from more than 800 people.
Comments left on the page illustrate how deeply news of the accident has affected Western New Yorkers.
"Prayers to the family. I am so distraught and upset that I cannot even imagine the pain you are in," wrote Theresa Wagner Roma. "I have twin toddlers and we go to the park all the time. Your son's memory will live on in the hearts of every parent that step foot into Delaware Park from this day forward."
Shortly after midnight, Cantor updated the page with a heartfelt note of thanks for all the support.
"I live in New York City, but I never stop 'talkin' proud' about being from Buffalo. I am so grateful to be in my hometown with 'The City of Good Neighbors' who prove time and time again to love thy neighbor and to help thy neighbor," Cantor wrote. "I didn't think I could be more proud to be from Buffalo than I am today. Thank you, all."