Joyce Treffry is still waiting for her son Aaron Crandall to come home.
”It's a nightmare. It's like every day I wake up and hope it's a bad dream, like it didn't really happen,” Joyce said.
What happened to Aaron took place on Carr Road in Renton. Just two days after Christmas, he had helped a church prepare for a play. No one really knows where Aaron was heading, but he lost control of his car and slammed into a power pole.
Aaron died at the scene, he was 21.
Hours later Joyce got a call from the Medical Examiner.
“It was a voice mail from the medical examiner's office looking for the mother of Aaron Crandall. I knew, I knew,” Joyce said.
And since that day, Aaron has remained with the King County Medical Examiner. The reason: Joyce doesn't have the thousands of dollars needed to get her son to a funeral home and to have a proper burial.
According the National Funeral Directors Association, the average cost of a funeral is more than $7,000.
“No one wants to lose a child. No one wants to lose a loved one. Not being able to lay them to rest, you can't even describe it,” Joyce said.
Desperate to get her son out of the Medical Examiner's facility, Joyce called me and I contacted Bonney-Watson CEO Cameron Smock. He has stepped up to take care of Aaron and his family's needs.
“I will provide all of the funeral services and the casket and whatever cemetery services are necessary for the amount of money the family has, which is a minimal amount of money," Cameron said.
Friends and family have raised $2,000 and have donated a plot for Aaron and that's enough. Because when Aaron needed help, everyone showed up.
“He truly cared about people. If you had a problem or you were in trouble call Aaron, he'll help you. He'll be there in a heartbeat."
It’s a heartbeat that’s still felt today.