Friends rally around family of ice climber, mother of 2, killed in Pemberton

WATCH: An outpouring of support for the North Vancouver woman killed in a tragic climbing accident earlier this week. Asa Rehman reports.

VANCOUVER – Friends of a mother of two who was killed when she was ice climbing near Pemberton earlier this week are now raising money to help her family left behind.

Elena Cernicka, 35 and from North Vancouver, leaves behind her husband and two sons, ages two and four.

The family is part of North Vancouver’s The Edge Climbing centre community, which organized a fundraiser to help the family.

“We knew there were a couple of young kids involved, so we thought it was important to help the family,” says Henry Wang of the climbing centre.

A fundraising page was set up to help the Cernicka family pay for funeral costs and day-to-day living expenses, with more than $16,000 already donated by the morning of January 17.

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“[Elena’s husband] was just so appreciative that so many people care, and he was so touched because this is all for his wife,” says Brenden Torrell, who organized the online fundraiser.

“To know that she has that many people supporting her is uplifting for him.”

People can find out about the various events being held around the Lower Mainland on this Facebook page.

The following gyms will be donating a portion of their sales next weekend (23rd – 25th) for the cause.

Friends and family of Cernicka will gather Saturday afternoon for a celebration of life at the Holy Trinity School gymnasium.

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