The Michele Daschbach Fast Memorial Charity Fund

Total Number of Gifts: 646
Total Value of Gifts: $143,084.28

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Justin & Bonnie McCarthy

Lee and Susan Hill

Michele Daschbach Fast

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Prudence Cleary

Kathy, Norm and Patrick MacKay

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On October 12, 2011, Michele Fast tragically passed away. In memoriam, we have established a fund in her name to bring awareness and donations to SmileTrain, a charitable organization that has very special meaning to the Fast family. In lieu of flowers and other condolence sentiments, the family is asking that charitable donations be made in her honor to SmileTrain.

About Michele

Michele Fast, who just turned 50 in May, grew up in Atherton, Ca and attended St. Raymond School and Sacred Heart High School. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she met her loving husband, Patrick. They had been married for 24 years and had lived in Seal Beach for the past 16 years. Michele and Patrick have three children, Patrick, 23, Laura, 21, and Lisa, 18.

Michele was a generous, dedicated and loving wife and mother, always supporting her children's scholastic and sporting events. Michele was a sharp sports fan and avid swimmer, usually the first one in the pool every morning at McGaugh School.

In addition to Patrick and their three children, Michele is survived by her mother, Leonore Daschbach, sisters, LeeLee Cusenza, Lisa Fuerst, Laura Pitchford, and brothers Rooney and Mark Daschbach, along with loving in-laws and countless nieces and nephews and loyal Labrador companion, Otis.

The Fast Family and SmileTrain

Michele's youngest daughter, Lisa, was born with a cleft lip and palate. With the support of her family and access to a great doctor, Lisa was fortunate enough to successfully repair the condition. Over the past year, Lisa dedicated herself to raise money on behalf of those who are unable to afford the treatment to repair their cleft palate, by collecting and recycling plastic bottles after her soccer games and from friends' homes. The 18-year-old has raised almost $10,000 for SmileTrain to date.

About SmileTrain

Every single child with a cleft can be helped with surgery that costs as little as $250 and takes as little as 45 minutes. Smile Train is dedicated to provide free cleft surgery for millions of poor children in developing countries and free cleft-related training for doctors and medical professionals until there are no more children who need help and we have completely eradicated the problem of clefts.

Michele will never be forgotten. Her beautiful smile and loving spirit will be with us forever.

Please feel free to post this memorial website and/or forward it to any person that would like to express their condolences.

Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and kindness.

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Wed, Dec 25, 2013
Merry Christmas Cusenza and Creech Families!!! You have provided us with so many smiles this year so wanted to pass that gift on. A gift has been made in your name. Merry Christmas!!

Jessica Heler
Tue, Dec 18, 2012
missing you tonight, Michele

The Shiers
Fri, Oct 12, 2012
Hugs, kisses & prayers to the Fast & Daschbach families. Michele is in our hearts at this time of remembrance & reflection and always. <3

Leah Daschbach
Sun, Jan 22, 2012
I hadn't been on this website since the week this all happened...I was updated by my family about all of the generous donations people had made in honor of Shell, but hadn't personally visited this site. The thought of children getting new smiles because of everyone's love for Shell was a tiny light in our darkest moments and will continue to be a reminder of the good one person's life can do. So, I sit tonight reading everyones messages who have signed the guest book and I just want to say thank you for your kind words, love and your donations. Shell would be honored to know how many people contributed to Smiletrain all because of her. She was so incredible and life without her hasn't been the same, nor will it ever be. But life will always be better because Shell was in it.

Connie & Robert Loarie
Mon, Dec 12, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to your family and your extended. You are in our prayers.

Connie & Robert Loarie
Mon, Dec 12, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to your family and your extended. You are in our prayers.

Connie & Robert Loarie
Mon, Dec 12, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to your family and your extended. You are in our prayers.

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Sat, Nov 12, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fast and Daschbach family. May the love and support that surround you help you during this difficult time. What a great way to honor Michele.

Smalewitz Family
Sat, Nov 05, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May comfort and peace find its way to your hearts and help you through the healing process.

Janet Hafner
Wed, Nov 02, 2011
Dear Daschbach and Fast families, my heart was broken when I learned of Michele's tragic death. Being one of six kids in a family, I can only contemplate what you are all experiencing right now. I send my heartfelt prayers to all of you and wish that you may all find peace somehow through all of this. Lots of Love your way!
Janet Hafner Morid

The Hodge Family
Sun, Oct 30, 2011
All of our prayers and blessing to yours and all of the families.

Siena Cusenza Fortebraccio
Tue, Oct 25, 2011
I love and miss you aunt Michele. R.I.P

Cate Sanchez
Mon, Oct 24, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to you all. What a beautiful tribute to Michele and her giving spirit. May God bless you, and keep you. The Sanchez Family

May Roberts
Mon, Oct 24, 2011
Dear family,
My heart was broken when I heard the new of tragic stories of Michele and several others. I also lost my son(23) last Oct., by a robbery. I know that the pain and sorrow are unberable but the memories of her will always be with you and the family.
My prayers will be with your family.

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