Children's Health

Mothers donate breast milk for baby of slain police officer

  • (GoFundMe)

    (GoFundMe)

  • (Facebook/Claudine Wong KTVU)

    (Facebook/Claudine Wong KTVU)

On Saturday, a California police officer was shot and killed when responding to a domestic disturbance call. Lesley Zerebny, 27, left behind her husband, Zachary, and their 4-month-old daughter, Cora.

In response, local women donated breast milk to the Palm Springs police officer’s family, KTVU reported. A KTVU reporter, Claudine Wang, posted the story on her Facebook page on Monday, sharing that a friend sent her photos of coolers filled with donated breast milk.

The effort started on social media when a family member asked for prayers. More than 500 ounces of breast milk from moms in the Monterey area were donated to a family member to bring to Cora.

“But this is not about breast milk or formula, it’s about the human heart and about the desire and the capacity of people to give,” Wang wrote.

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Supporters launched a GoFundMe campaign for the family and have already raised over $114,000. In an update posted two days ago, the supporters thanked those who donated breast milk, but said they would no longer be accepting breast milk from the public. Before her death, Zerebny was nursing and supplementing with formula.

“What a wonderful, selfless act of love from the community,” the update reads. “Thank you again for loving this precious girl, we will continue to ask for your support in this trying time in various ways so continue to watch our updates.”

Zerebny served with the police department for 18 months, according to the GoFundMe page. Her husband of almost five years is a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy.