After the sudden death of Dr. Charlene Curtis-Thomas, a physician at East Meadow Nassau University Medical Center, the community rallied to support her family.

Dr. Curtis-Thomas, a freshman third-year internal medicine resident at Nassau University Medical Center, died unexpectedly Saturday, June 3, according to a GoFundMe campaign started by her family.

She is 33 years old.

Charlie, whom friends and family call her, was a “wonderful daughter, sister, friend and colleague who touched so many people.”

“Charlie was a beacon. She was full of energy and happiness,” wrote Priscilla Moseh, who organized a GoFundMe to pay for her funeral.

“Charlie would not hesitate to help anyone – it made her decision to go into medicine so easy.”

Dr. Curtis-Thomas’ impact on her community can be seen in the more than 200 people who have donated $16,050 to her family so far so they can “give our precious Charlie girl the memory she deserves, with Honoring her and saying our “see you later. “

Many expressed their condolences on the GoFundMe page and on social media.

“Your beautiful spirit will be missed,” wrote donor Evelyn Coffey.

“Charlene, I’m speechless,” friend Lenna Cole wrote on Facebook, along with a set of photos. “Rest in peace, my dear doctor friend.”

According to Cole’s post, Dr. Curtis-Thomas’ father, a Sierra Leonean doctor named Charles Curtis-Thomas, died when she was fresh out of medical school.

“I hope the reunion with your father is everything you’ve ever dreamed of,” another friend, Marique Stasser-King, wrote on Facebook.

She exclaimed, “33 [years] not enough time. “

“Life is so short and precious that no matter how much we are reminded, we will never truly understand.”

Dr. Curtis-Thomas’ funeral is scheduled for Saturday, June 24.

Anyone who would like to donate to help pay for the service can do so via GoFundMe here.

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