Gofundme Raised $31K For Family Of 21-Year-Old Who Passed Away From Drowning In Beach Haven, NJ

September 7, 2023

BEACH HAVEN, NJ (OCEAN)–Gofundme has verified a fundraiser for a 21-year-old male that lost their life in Beach Haven in a drowning accident in Beach Haven, NJ on Labor Day Weekend. The family has identified the man as Edwin Antonio Made Sanchez, from the Dominican Republic. Emergency workers, lifeguards and the public reportedly formed a human chain to search for him. He was found and was pulled from the surf and rushed to a local hospital in an ambulance where he passed away.

A Gofundme “Help Fulfill a Young Dreamer’s Last Wish” was set up and raised $31,060.00 before being closed by the family. “The organizer has currently disabled new donations to this fundraiser.”

The family says, “We want to thank everyone who donated. We are filled with gratitude with all your kindness. We have closed the donations. Thank you so much.”

Dear friends and kind-hearted supporters,

We are reaching out to you today with heavy hearts and a profound sense of loss. Made’s beloved family member, Edwin Antonio Made Sanchez, who was just 21 years old, had dreams as big as the sky. Tragically, his life was cut short, leaving everyone shattered and grieving. Edwin had recently traveled from the Dominican Republic to work diligently, with a sole purpose in mind – to build a better future.

Edwin was an avid reader and a young man full of dreams. He aspired to achieve so much in life, from providing for his loved ones to creating opportunities for his family to join him in the USA. Despite his young age, he carried a remarkable sense of responsibility and determination.

It is our deepest desire to honor Edwin’s memory and grant him his final wish – to be laid to rest in his beloved homeland, the Dominican Republic. Your generous contributions will help cover the expenses required to transport him to the Dominican Republic, as well as assist with the funeral costs. All additional funds will be given to his mother and father. 

Edwin wanted to build a house for his mother in DR. One of his dreams will hopefully come true even though our heart aches with pain and loss. May his soul shine bright in the sky and his presence bring joy to everyone who sees him up there smiling down on us. 

Please help us bring him home to his mother and father. They are devastated that they can’t be here with their son. Their hearts have shattered and just want to hold their son in their arms, one last time. 

Every dollar counts, and your support will not only provide comfort to his grieving family but also help fulfill the dreams Edwin held so dearly. Let’s come together as a community and make a difference during this difficult time.

Please donate and share this fundraiser with your friends and networks to help us reach our goal. Together, we can ensure that Edwin’s dreams live on in our hearts, and his journey home is filled with love and dignity.

Thank you for your compassion and generosity.

We originally added Jeimy Hirujo, fiancé of Edwin’s cousin, since he is able to send the funds directly to Edwin’s mother without a fee. Nevertheless, GoFundMe wants to verify information so we will change it to another beneficiary. We are in contact with GoFundMe to see if we can add an oversee bank account for Edwin’s brother, Esmerlyn Omar Made Sanchez, or his aunt here in the USA, Celide Made who Edwin was visiting. 

With heartfelt gratitude,

Made Family

Good evening, if you are reading this, my name is Luke Ferreras. My cousin and I were swimming today in Beach Haven, NJ where unfortunately we were caught in a rip tide. I was able to get out safely but he was not able to. I simply ask for help raising awareness. God Bless!

Good morning all, we have created a gofundme page for the funeral and travel costs for him to be able to send his body to our family in the Dominican Republic where he was due to go back to in a few days. If you’d like to help or share. Thank you all.

— Luke B. Ferreras, MBA, Cousin to Edwin Antonio Made Sanchez