Karen Perry lost her three young children and ex-husband in an Arizona plane crash in November and will soon lose the home where she raised her family due to foreclosure. But supporters have stepped in to help make sure that the mourning mom doesn't have to let go of anything else.
Perry's kids -- Morgan, 9, Luke, 6, Logan, 8, -- died in a plane crash with their father and two other passengers in the Superstition Mountains in Arizona. As Perry reeled from the immeasurable loss, she was dealt another blow: facing foreclosure, she had to put her house up for short sale because the costs of her divorce proceedings made it impossible to pay her bills.
"I wanted to stay in the house because it's hard on kids with special needs," Perry said of the hope to hold onto the home after her divorce. In particular, she wanted to ease the transition for Morgan, who suffered from epilepsy, and Luke, who had autism. "Now, of course, I really wish I could have stayed in it because that's where all my memories are," she added.
The six passengers had been traveling in a twin-engine plane from Mesa to East Arizona when the aircraft slammed into a cliff in the mile-high Superstition Mountains. The investigation into the crash is still underway, but Perry said that the plane wasn't flying at the right altitude, which may have lead to the tragedy.
"A lot of us think it gets easier as time goes by. I've found it to be the opposite," said Perry, who works as a Delta flight attendant, of her grieving process. "I'm still in a state of shock."
As Perry began grappling with her loss, she was also saddled with incredible financial hardship. Perry had to pay for the funerals and the attorney fees for the divorce from her now-deceased ex-husband.
While Perry believes it's too late for her to save her home, a slew of supporters have come forward to help the Arizona native cover her other expenses. The Ladies Day Fund, a group of active and retired Delta flight attendants, is raising money for Perry and is matching donations by up to 25 percent.
Help has also come from surprising sources. Arizona firm Bartholomeaux Public Relations is organizing a few fundraisers and singer-songwriter Tina Vallejo is donating some of the proceeds from the iTunes sales of her tribute song "Fly My Angel."
But as Perry leans on her supporters and works to pick up the pieces of her life, she can't help but look back frequently.
"I still have the feeling that they're going to come through door," Perry said.
Donations to help Karen Perry can be made at the Perry Family Memorial website or via the Ladies Day Fund. Checks can be sent directly to Karen Perry at 6641 S. Kings Ranch Rd. #5 Gold Canyon, AZ 85118
Jessica Prois contributed to the reporting of this story.
Karen Perry lost her three children -- Morgan, 9, Luke, 6, Perry, 8, -- and her ex-husband in a plane crash in Arizona in November. She now also faces foreclosure on the home where she raised her family.
Even before the tragic crash, Perry was saddled with bills she incurred from her divorce proceedings. After her children passed, the Delta flight attendant faced expensive funeral costs and foreclosure on her home, which was recently put on the market in a short sale.
When Perry was first going through her divorce, she hoped to keep her home to help ease the transition for her kids, particularly for Morgan who suffered from epilepsy, and Luke, who had autism. "Now, of course, I really wish I could have stayed in it because that's where all my memories are," the mourning mom told the Huffington Post.
A number of supporters have stepped in to help Perry. The Ladies Day Fund, a group of active and retired Delta flight attendants, is raising money for Perry and matching each donation by up to 25 percent. An Arizona PR firm, Bartholomeaux Public Relations, is organizing a few fundraisers and singer-songwriter Tina Vallejo is donating some of the proceeds from the iTunes sales of her tribute song "Fly My Angel." Want to help? Donate to the Ladies Day Fund here or contribute directly to Perry via the Perry Family Memorial site here.
While Perry is grateful for all of the help her supporters have offered, she can't help but to look back. "I still have the feeling that they're going to come through door," Perry said.