An online fundraising effort to help support the parents of a 6-week-old baby boy who died this week has raised more than $3,000 in its first day.
Joshua Caleb Palladino was born on Oct. 8 to Angie and Keith Palladino of Aquebogue after a healthy pregnancy, said family friend Jamie Galloway. But Joshua was hospitalized after complications from childbirth left him fighting for life, she said.
“None of this was expected at all,” Ms. Galloway said.
Joshua was taken to Stony Brook University hospital, but died Wednesday night. An online fundraiser through GoFundMe.com was set up by Ms. Galloway to help Ms. Palladino, who works at North Fork Radiology, and Mr. Palladino pay for medical costs and funeral expenses.
“With both of them being out of work, being with him, with the medical bills and everything else, they’re going through a tough time during the worst time of their lives,” Ms. Galloway said.
In less than a day, the outpouring has been “mindblowing,” she said. Nearly 80 donors have given $3,085 to the cause as of Thursday afternoon.
Ms. Galloway said that the Palladinos deserve all the support they’re getting.
“[Angie] and her husband are both beautiful people,” she said. “They always give when they can give to help people.”
For more information about the fundraiser, including how to donate, visit the campaign’s GoFundMe page.