Forest and Tremica Thompson, who invited CNN to document the final week of their son Charles’ life, have received notes of thanks and support from across America - and as far away as Zimbabwe.
"I just hope it changes people's thoughts on the death of children and helps families like ours," Tremica says.
Since the story was published, many have asked how they can help the family. They have opened a memorial fund called “The Gift of Charles” through Wells Fargo.
The family plans to use the fund to help troubled teens in their hometown of Stockton, California, find a stable environment with positive role models.
"Charles always spoke about us as a family and asked us to continue to help other children that are in the system," Tremica says.
Donations also would go toward the George Mark Children's House, the palliative care center where Charles died. CNN readers have already donated more than $17,000 to the center as a result of Charles’ story.
Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so at any Wells Fargo branch by providing the account name – “Tremica Thompson: The Gift of Charles Fund” - and the state it was opened in: California.
Or they can write a check made out to “The Gift of Charles” and send it to the George Mark Children’s House:
Forest and Tremica Thompson
c/o George Mark Children’s House
2121 George Mark Lane
San Leandro, CA 94578
Anyone wishing to contact the family directly with words of encouragement can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.