Family and friends are raising money for the widow and only daugther of New York Ciy MTA veteran of 18 years, William Pena, who died on February 12, 2014 in a tragic accident while on the job when hit by a stolen truck. William Pena was a 49 year old humble, funny and loved MTA driver who worked very hard in order to provide for his family. His priority in life was to pay off mortgage and save for college for his only daughter, Gabriela 17, currently in her senior year of high school. William Pena was a loving son that was also caring for his 75 year old Alzheimer diagnosed mom for the past 11 months as he had just lost his father and 8 eight year old newphews hours apart on the same day last year on March 13, 2013.
As widow and daughter undergo this unexpected loss and life changing experience, family and friends are concerned on how they will be forced to give up the dreams that the family had built together. Paying their mortgage and putting Gabriela through college might not be a possibility any longer. This is why the family and friends will like to come together to help raise money to create a college fund for Gabriela and help her maintain her living status.
Our wish is to give Gabby, as William used to call her, the suprise that she may continue to live in the home that her dad chose for them and that she may persue her dream of a college education. We would love to reach our goal before her high school graduation this coming Spring. As her dad will always surprise her with memorable and humble gifts as we all remember how he took his only princess to the Dominican Republic to celebrate her 16th birthday almost two years ago.