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780 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
Two weeks ago, Cheryl passed away from a sudden stroke. These are parts of his emails after she passed:
Update: We reveal all the donations to The Starks, bit by bit…
From all the cash donations, we’ve raised over $189,518.79!!!
Mr. Stark is rendered speechless as the gifts keep coming. He just can’t believe it.
The Stark story, from the top:
Cheryl Lynn Stark, 52, of Lawrenceville passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2011. Cheryl was a devoted Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister and Aunt.
She is survived by her Husband, William, her daughters, Heather, Jennifer and her husband Neil, Jessica and her husband Robert, Melody, Natalie, Amber and Katie; sons, Johnathan and Jacob; father, Lyell Annis and his wife Linda; mother, Hazel Barrow; brother, Doug Annis and his wife Pam; nephews, Austin and Justin.
Will and Cheryl Stark adopted their first special needs child, Melody (17, Down Syndrome), 17 years ago, and realized that it was their true calling to care for children with similar needs, although Cheryl will joke that this was when she “went crazy.” They adopted five more special needs children in the next eight years: Natalie (16), Amber(14), John (14), Jacob (9), and Katie (9), all with illnesses ranging from nonverbal mental retardation to Cerebral Palsy to Down Syndrome. In addition, the Starks have three biological children, two of which are now special education teachers. All six adopted children and one of their biological daughters (and her husband) have been on the trip to Walt Disney World… the largest family BBA has ever taken.
The phone lines are flooded with listeners from Atlanta, Nashville, and Indianpolis calling in to help this family – the generosity is overwhelming. Stay tuned – the Stark family will need your help in the coming days, and we know that the Bert Show and Bert’s Big Adventures families can help out in a BIG way.
We’ve got more details for you, and we need your help.
Offers are pouring in from The Bert Show community:
Jaye Watson from 11 Alive News joins us to talk about her interview with the Starks. Check out the special tonight, Monday, August 1 at 11PM EST.
We can’t thank everyone enough for all the offers flooding in. You can also donate online here.
We’ve got to keep the momentum going strong!
On to day 2 of our fundraiser for the Starks…people are donating cash and offering to cut the family’s hair for life!
Jessica and Heather Stark – two of the Starks biological children (they have three in addition to their six adopted children), stop by the studio to talk about their father and how he’s handling it all.
More offers are flooding in – consider donating your Facebook status to The Stark Family.
Bert talks to HLN about The Starks – we’re going nationwide to get this family the help they deserve!
We want to raise $20,000 in the next two days – can we do it?
With a surprise donation, we’re on our way!
11 Alive covers the big reveal to the Starks, and that big amount we announced yesterday? We’ve raised even more!
You can see photos of the big reveal below, or check them out on Facebook.