What is often considered to be one of the happiest days of a couple’s lives quickly turned to tragedy for the friend and bandmate of Christian singer/songwriter JJ Heller. The artist took to Facebook on Wednesday to share the heartbreaking news that Nathan, a musician she toured with last year, lost his wife, Megan, just hours after she gave birth to their first child. She is asking her fans to consider donating to help defray costs for Nathan and his new daughter, Eilee Kate.
“This is my friend Nathan. He plays electric guitar and I toured with him all year last year with Josh Wilson and Jason Gray,” the post, which includes a touching photo of the new family, begins. “Yesterday his wife Megan gave birth to their first baby, sweet Eilee Kate. A few hours later Megan went home to be with Jesus.”
This is my friend Nathan. He plays electric guitar and I toured with him all year last year with Josh Wilson and Jason…
A GoFundMe page has been set up with the hope that Nathan will be able to stay home with his daughter for at least the next six months. The page was posted on Wednesday and has already raised nearly $110,000. Because of the outpouring of support, the goal has been raised to $150,000.
The campaign, which was started by Nathan’s bandmate Josh Wilson, explains that after a seemingly uncomplicated delivery, Megan “started having trouble” about six hours later. She passed away around 11am on Tuesday. The page goes on to say:
Needless to say, Nathan is devastated. There are no words for this, so I won’t really say much more. Here is what I know. Nathan is a wonderful man and an amazing father. He loves his daughter dearly.
How can you help? You can give time, meals, and money. Let’s give so much more than we think we can. Believe me, Nate needs it more than us right now.
Let’s raise enough money for Nathan to get off the road for at least 6 months. Let’s cover his bills and meals so he doesn’t have to think about any of that. Let’s sleep over at his house and feed sweet Eilee so Nate can rest.
Please consider giving money, meals, prayer, or your own sleep so we can show Nate and Eilee how much we love them.
You can donate via the GoFundMe page HERE.
H/T: The Courage