Megan Hilty Respond to “Overwhelming Support” for Fundraiser to Recover Family Members’ Bodies

Megan Hilty is responding to the “overwhelming support” for a GoFundMe campaign that raised money to find her family members’ bodies after they died in a plane crash in Washington last month.

On September 4, a float plane with 10 people on board crashed in Puget Sound. Everyone on board was killed. A few days later, Megan confirmed that her sister Lauren Hilty, brother-in-law Ross Mickel and their son Remy were among the dead. At the time of the crash, Lauren was eight months along with her son, Luca.

Megan and her sister, Kristen Hilty Eaton, set up a GoFundMe page on Wednesday to help pay for the search for Lauren, Remy and Luca’s bodies after they heard that Ross and other victims’ bodies had been found in the days after the crash.

 

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Stating in an Instagram post on Friday morning how it is “difficult to describe the depth of our gratitude for the overwhelming support we have received in such a short time” link to the fundraiser, Megan said, “Because of this generosity, we will be able to start the recovery effort for Lauren, Remy & Luca immediately and hopefully bring some kind of closure to this unbearable tragedy very soon.”

“This tragic loss put us in an impossible situation and, to be very honest, it was incredibly difficult to ask for help,” Megan wrote.

“But,” she continued, “the immediate outpouring of support has shown us we are not alone in wanting to recover our beloved family members and that has brought us an immense amount of comfort.”

“Because of the generous support we’ve received, we will be able to cover the search and rescue team’s costs and make a donation to their foundation to help other families look for their loved ones,” Megan added, without naming the specific foundation.

Then Megan thanked her fans for loving her and her family during a hard time. “Whether you have contributed financially, brought us meals, sent flowers or cards or healing thoughts and prayers, we will never truly be able to thank you enough for supporting our family when we needed you the most,” she wrote.

The Smash actress ended her post by saying that she and her family “will keep trying and we will pay these acts of kindness forward for the rest of our lives.” She then wrote “in profound gratitude” at the end of her message.

The Island County Department of Emergency Management said earlier this month that they had found and named seven bodies from the crash.

 

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Gabrielle Hanna, a 29-year-old lawyer from Seattle, was also killed in the crash, along with pilot Jason Winters, passenger Joanne Mera, civil rights activist Sandra Williams, her partner, retired teacher Patricia Hicks and Luke and Rebecca Ludwig who was married.

In a previous statement to PEOPLE, Megan and her sister Kristen said, “We are absolutely blown away by the outpouring of love and generosity received. we’ve Our family is infinitely grateful to feel so supported in our efforts to bring Lauren, Remy & Luca home.”

As of Friday morning, more than $70,000 had been donated through the GoFundMe page. Follow us only on Lee Daily for more news like this.