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Kobe Bryant’s Wife Set Up A Fund For The Families Of The Other Victims Of The Helicopter Crash That Killed Her Husband And Daughter

Here's how you can donate to this worthy cause.

Just days after losing her husband and daughter in a tragic helicopter crash, Vanessa Bryant announced a fund to support the families of other victims lost in the accident that killed Kobe and Gianna Bryant.

Bryant posted the announcement on Instagram on Jan. 29 as part of her first statement since the Jan. 26 crash claimed the lives of the 41-year-old retired NBA superstar, the couple’s 13-year-old daughter and seven other victims. The other people who lost their lives in that awful accident included 13-year-old Alyssa Altobelli, 56-year-old John Altobelli, 46-year-old Keri Altobelli, 13-year-old Payton Chester, 45-year-old Sarah Chester, 38-year-old Christina Mauser and 50-year-old Ara Zobayan.

Bryant posted a loving tribute to her husband and daughter, as well as thanking “the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time.”

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While the deaths of her husband and daughter have been the most publicized, Bryant let the millions of fans who have posted their tributes know that neither she nor her family has forgotten all the victims lost or the families left behind.

“We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday,” Bryant posted. “And we share in their grief intimately.” You can see her full post below, which earned more than 8 million likes in less than a day.

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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️

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To help the families of the other victims, Bryant announced the creation of Mamba on Three Fund, which is named for Kobe Bryant’s nickname, “Black Mamba.”

According to the fund’s official website: “It’s with that customary chant for togetherness, sisterhood and the ability to take on every challenge that this Fund was named. The Mamba on Three Fund exists to honor and support loved ones of the seven other victims involved in the tragedy that occurred on Jan. 26, 2020. All donations to the Fund will be directed to their families.”

As of now, people interested in donating can leave their email address on the Mamba on Three Fund’s official website and get more information on how to make a secure donation to help the families of all the crash victims.

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During his life, Kobe Bryant helped create the Mamba Sports Academy to promote physical and mental fitness for kids and adults. Gianna “Gigi” Bryant played on Team Mamba, a middle-school girls’ basketball team founded through the Mamba Sports Academy. Reports state that the victims were all on their way to a travel basketball game when the crash happened.