Donna Fountain, 38, had five simple dreams for her life that she carried around with her on a piece of paper everywhere she went: work on her dream job, buy a house by age 45, create housing for gay and lesbian teens, marry the woman of her dreams, and make sure her son, Elijah, graduates from college.
Unfortunately, the single mother won’t ever see her dreams come true. On Christmas morning she was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Brooklyn while heading to work as a home health care aide, leaving behind an 8-year-old son.
Police officers found the list of Fountain’s dreams at the scene of the accident and passed it on to her neighbor.
“She gave everything she had to her son and worked so hard for him,” her friend, Dena Baveghems, says.
“She was all about making her dreams come true. Nothing could have stopped her except this.”
Donna’s brother, Ben Fountain, says investigators are reviewing traffic cameras are confident they can track down the careless driver. Still that won’t bring back his sister who planned to work her early Christmas shift then return home to open presents with her son.
“She talked about saving up to buy his gifts. She was looking forward to being with him on Christmas,” Baveghems says.
“I’m devastated for him. To lose the person who took care of him on Christmas is the worst thing I can imagine.”
Elijah will be taken in by relatives who will try their best to live up to the standards Donna, who her brother calls an “exceptional woman,” set for herself and her son.
“She did it all on her own. She built herself up,” her brother says. “She believed in herself. She had the normal problems any single parent has, but she persevered and fought for her dreams.”
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.