ORLANDO, Fla. — The parents of a Pulse shooting victim are working to help fund mental health services for those still dealing with the effects of the tragedy after Gov. Ron DeSantis axed money to keep those services going from the state budget.
DeSantis cut $150,000 in funding for the LGBT+ Center Orlando, which would have gone toward mental health and counseling services for Pulse shooting survivors and families.
To make up for the gap in funding, Maria and Fred Wright, the parents of a Pulse shooting victim Jerry Wright, are offering to match $25,000 in funds to the Center in an effort to raise $50,000 during LGBTQ Pride Month.
“While the governor sends the message that we do not matter, that our loss and sacrifice is unimportant, we know otherwise and we are doing what we think is right,” Fred said.
Their campaign runs through the end of the month.
The Wright’s pledge comes just after Quantum Improvements Consulting donated $25,000 to the center and $25,000 to the Zebra Coalition, which was also part of the governor’s line-item vetos.