Vanessa Bryant Announces MambaOnThree Fund to Help Families Affected By Tragic Helicopter Crash

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Vanessa Bryant is doing what she can to help the families of those killed in the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of her husband, Kobe Bryant, and their 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.

Vanessa broke her silence on Wednesday in a heartbreaking statement posted to Instagram where she thanked "the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time," and expressed her sorrow for the other families who are in mourning.

"We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately," Vanessa wrote. "There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now."

In memory of the other passengers -- Alyssa, John and Keri Altobelli, Payton and Sarah Chester, Christina Mauser, and Ara Zobayan -- Vanessa announced the formation of the MambaOnThree Fund, established to raise funds to benefit the victims' families.

"To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org," she wrote. "To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org."

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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️

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The Mamba Sports Academy also addressed the fund in a touching post dedicated to all nine people who lost their lives on Sunday in the hills of Calabasas, California.

"The Mamba Sports Academy family is devastated by the passing of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and the seven other people lost on Sunday," the academy wrote, in part, in a statement posted to Instagram on Wednesday. 

"Kobe Bryant was so much more than a partner in Mamba Sports Academy. He was a caring father, husband, coach, and champion of youth sports. We mourn not only one of the greatest athletes of all time, but an active and engaged member of our community and a visionary whose impact was only beginning to be felt by society," the statement reflected. "He will be remembered most for the care he placed and pleasure he took in educating the next generation, none more so than Gianna, Alyssa, Payton and their Mamba teammates."

The group also encouraged those who want to help the families to donate what they can to the MambaOnThree fund.

Shortly after Vanessa and the Mamba Sports Academy shared the link to the MambaOnThree fund, it appears the charity was so inundated with visitors that the site crashed. The love for Bryant's family, and the heartache the public feels for the families of everyone involved in the tragedy, is clear and overwhelming.

Watch the video below for more on Vanessa's emotional and heartbreaking post honoring Kobe and Gianna's memories.

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