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Friends of an Agassiz woman are raising funds for her family after she passed away on May 24 due to complications from surgery.

Friends of an Agassiz woman are raising funds for her family after she passed away on May 24 due to complications from surgery.

Shereen Oliver Starr had struggled with pancreatitis her whole life and hoped that the surgery would finally allow her to live a normal life.

“She was one of those friends where the world could be going downhill and she would always be smiling,” said friend Desiree Cairns. “She was just one of those people.”

Starr, who grew up in Abbotsford, moved to the Agassiz area two years ago with her husband and three daughters.

The funds are going towards helping support her husband Steve, as well has her three daughters Frances (17), Alexis (9) and Addison (4).

In order to support Starr’s family Cairns has set up a Go Fund Me account. The account, which had an initial goal of raising $3,000, has already raised $3,690, as of June 8 — only 13 days after the account was set up.

“It was my first time doing a GoFundMe and I had no idea what to put as the goal,” Cairns said. “I put it at $3,000 and we actually surpassed the goal.”

Cairns credits the success of the page to the 210 shares that the page received on Facebook.

“I was surprised, nobody really expected this,” she said. “A lot of people were just pouring in support.”

For info or to donate visit gofundme.com/2648arw.