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The Addy Thornton Memorial Fund

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Adeline Thornton, 16, died suddenly, by suicide, on April 17th, 2024.

Addy, as she was known, had an infectious smile and a personality so vibrant it would light up any room. A natural athlete, she was an excellent skier, ice skater, and tennis player who taught her friends and family how to enjoy these sports.

Addy was driven and smart, a top student and a dedicated chess player. She wanted to be a neurosurgeon and had learned the name and location of every bone in the human body by the time she was twelve. She was generous with her time, and funny—always finding humor in a serious situation. She was loved by so many who are devastated by her untimely death.

Addy leaves behind her mother and father; Jennifer Argie and Andrew Thornton, brothers David and Eiles, aunts, uncles and cousins, friends, and many admirers.

If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone right now, text, call, or chat 988, the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, for a free confidential conversation with a trained counselor 24/7. You are not alone—mental and emotional health is possible.

If you’re worried that a friend is struggling with suicidal thoughts or behavior, trust that instinct. Start a conversation, take action to support them: visit and

Please help us keep Addy’s spirit alive.

The family has created Addy’s Memorial Fund as a way to honor her spirit long-term. Funds will support teens in need by helping non-profit organizations in her local community.

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Donate By Mail

Please make checks payable to “Brooklyn Org” – note The Addy Thornton Memorial Fund in the memo section of the check. Mail checks to:

Brooklyn Org / The Addy Thornton Memorial Fund
Attn: Donor Services
1000 Dean Street, Suite 307
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Additional Ways to Give

Please contact Donor Services at 718.480.7500 or email to discuss alternative methods of giving.


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