"I am deeply saddened to learn about the loss of Stephanie. She had a real passion for serving others. Upon returning home from the Journey for Hope trip in Jamaica in January 2009, she began collecting sneakers and sports equipment to send back to the island--this after meeting orphans there who played soccer without shoes or equipment. This was the type of young lady she was--one who sought out need and then, when she found it, tried to remedy it. We are so proud to have known her. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lin, Lenny, Nicholas, Mike and all of Stephanie's friends and loved ones during this difficult time." ~ Lynn University President Kevin M. Ross

On January 12, 2010, Stephanie's life was tragically cut short by the Haiti Earthquake. Stephanie was 19 years old. She was traveling on the "Journey of Hope" mission with two professors and 11 classmates from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Stephanie was a sophomore majoring in Human Services. 

 

Stephanie was in Haiti doing what she enjoyed most: working and caring for the poorest of the poor. Stephanie was committed to helping poor, hungry, and disadvantaged children around the globe. Stephanie leaves behind family and friends who love her dearly as well as others that may have only known her beautiful smile.

 

Below are pictures that were recoverd from a digital camera found at the Hotel Montana site where Stephanie and her classmates were staying. They are a special insight into the Journey of Hope groups last hours in Haiti. 

STEPHANIE'S STORY

Stephanie

By Jenna Constantino

 

We celebrated her life in the beginning

We are celebrating her life now

But Stephanie celebrated life in the middle

And here’s a glimpse into how

She loved her family deeply

And kept them close to her heart

Even when she was miles away

They were never really far apart

She didn’t take life too seriously

And made it a priority to have fun

She was silly and crazy

Her smile bright like the sun

She wasn’t afraid to be different

She was always up to try something new

She broadened her horizons

And bravely traveled to far away lands

To feed the poor and hungry

And extend her helping hands

She cared for those in need

And made this world a better place

Through grand acts of kindness

And small ones like a warm embrace

We must always remember her mission

And carry it on the best we can

Help those less fortunate

Let's finish what she began

Let’s continue her journey of hope

Let’s do this together

And the memory of Stephanie

Will live on forever

"DO WORK" - Stephanie Crispinelli

© 2010 The Stephanie Crispinelli Humanitarian Fund

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