PLAINFIELD – An online fundraiser set up to help future expenses for the two children of a Plainfield North High School teacher who died earlier this week raised more than $10,000 in one day.
A group of women who identified themselves as Sue Cunningham's friends set up Wednesday afternoon a GoFundMe account called "Sue's Angels" with a goal of raising $20,000. About 24 hours later, the account has raised $10,764 through 189 donations.
The group of friends, including Kristen Robertson, Elly Stonis, Melanie Leung, Carrie Glenn and Colleen Graham, set up the account keeping Sue Cunningham's children, 14-year-old Nicholas and 8-year-old Taylor, in mind.
"Simply, their mother has passed on," Robertson said. "They will need things in the future. We're very close to the kids, as well as our children [are]. And we love them like our own."
The message on the GoFundMe page states the fundraiser was set up "to assist Sue's family in providing for the children's future needs."
Robertson and Stonis declined to go into detail on exactly what those needs were.
Sue Cunningham was slain Tuesday night by her husband, Craig Cunningham, who then killed himself by walking into oncoming traffic on Interstate 55, police said Wednesday.
Sue Cunningham was a 47-year-old Plainfield North High School teacher who recently received a clean bill of health after battling Stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
A candlelight vigil was held Wednesday evening at Plainfield North in Sue Cunningham's remembrance. Her death also played a role in the emotions of the Plainfield North soccer team Wednesday night as they beat rival Plainfield East.
The quick response to the fundraiser is credited to Sue Cunningham's impact on people she met.
"I believe people know who Sue is and love her," Stonis said. "She only wants what's best for the kids and everyone has been very supportive."
To donate to the Sue's Angels fund, visit https://www.gofundme.com/SuesAngels