Pamela Cabriales was a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, and a real estate agent in the Denver Metro whose life was cut tragically short by an absolutely senseless act of violence. I did not know her personally. She truly was just another name and face pictured below the sensational headlines, one of many I see pop up on my newsfeed all too often these days. (You can read about her story here, which I do not plan to dwell on in this post.)
But this one was different for me. Beyond the horrific details of the crime that abruptly ended her life, Pamela was part of the industry I have been immersed in for more than two decades. Our industry. She undoubtedly had many of the same hopes, and dreams, and aspirations as the rest of us, and chose a career in real estate to fulfill them, just like the rest of us. Perhaps it is that common thread that helped make the connection for me. After all, Pamela’s story and her random, fateful ending really could have been the story for any one of us.
We work in a very competitive industry. Whether you’re a Realtor, Home Staging Expert®, or both…there is definitely a lot of competition. But I’d like to think there is also a sense of camaraderie. One where we can all come together and support our own when in need. Which brings me to Pamela’s son, 6 year old Leo.
Whenever I read a tragic story like this, I am always left wondering, “What can I do to help?” And then I was made aware of something very personal and particular I could do to show my support that will benefit Pamela’s son directly. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for Leo’s college fund, and I can’t think of a better way to honor his mother’s memory than to give her child a better and brighter future…the future she no doubt dreamed of for him herself.
I have never posted anything like this before, and hopefully will never have to post anything like this again, but if I can get just one person to donate, it was well worth posting. So I implore you all…in fellowship and generousity…to make a donation for Leo and to share, share, share this post within your circle! Whether you donate $5 or $500 matters not! It all adds up and it will make a difference in the life of this young man.
If I know anything about Realtors and Home Staging Experts®, it’s that we are an absolutely thoughtful and giving crowd, and I can’t think of a better cause to rally behind than Leo’s future and a donation to that future in his mother’s memory…she was one of our own.