A GoFundMe arranged to support the family of a local snowboarder who died on Mount Washington has broken its goal of $30,000.
The fundraiser was started on Monday by Vanessa Wylie in memory of Tristan Alexander, a 22-year-old from Greater Victoria who lost his life in a snowboarding accident on January 5th.
Wylie wrote on the GoFundMe page that Alexander’s family had suffered another loss when Tristan’s sister died of an inoperable brain tumour at the age of three.
“The layers of loss and grief are enormous,” she stated.
“It is inconceivable that this wonderful young man who has been such a source of strength and resilience has been taken from them.”
The GoFundMe aims to support Alexander’s family by helping to cover unexpected costs such as funeral expenses and to ease their financial burden and stress.
As of Tuesday, the fundraiser had raised $36,938, beating a goal of $30,000.
On social media, Alexander was remembered as a kind young man and talented athlete with a passionate love of hockey, judo, and other sports.
“Knowing you has made me a better person, and you will be missed by everyone Tristan Alexander,” the Kokushikai Judo wrote on Facebook.
“It was an honour to have known and trained with you.”