Jason & Amanda Fire & Rehibilitation Fund

For: Amanda James Reece & Jason Reece
Edmonton, AB, Canada
Organizer: Cristy Bennett-Gilmer
Jason & Amanda Fire & Rehibilitation Fund (Amanda James Reece & Jason Reece)
$35,699
of $50,000 goal
71% Complete
Raised by 233 donors

The Story

Amanda & Jason lost their home to fire on Sunday, June 11th, 2017.  They lost their home and belongings but not their faith or each other.

There is so much to tell but for now we just need to set the site up because many are asking how they can help.  What is important to know:

Jason and Amanda are both in the major burn unit at the hospital.  Jason saved Amanda's life by running through the fire to get to her and lead her to safety.  He then dowsed their skin with water and drove them to a neighbors house so they could be taken to hospital.  While Amanda's burns have been downgraded to only 10% of her body (1st and 2nd degree burns), her burns are on her hands, arms, chest, face and back.  Amanda never came into contact with flames.  Jason on the other hand went through the fire to get to her, he sustained 3rd degree burns on 80% of his body.  He had his first surgery yesterday morning.

Jason is expected to be in the major burn unit for several months, then months of rehabilitation afterwards.  After Amanda is released, she will need to stay in Edmonton to help care for Jason.  In the meantime,  Amanda is from Oregon in the USA and her immigration papers have not completed yet (they are filed, it takes a while), so she is not covered under Canadian health care. 

These funds will be used to take care of her immediate needs and her housing, food and clothing for the interim. As Jason's healing progresses, additional needs will arise.  Right now we want to make sure that Amanda has what she needs to get her through since she should be released within the next two weeks. A room has already been reserved for her across from the hospital (at and excellent rate) so she can be with Jason daily.  Amanda's voice has been able to help calm him and bring his vitals down when needed.  She is medicine for him, hospital staff believe this also.

I am her mother and I am sitting in the hospital with her now.  Things are crazy busy and there seems to always be a flurry of activity surrounding the two of them but mostly Jason since his condition is critical.

Jason is intubated so he is unable to communicate with Amanda other than to slightly turn his head towards the sound of her voice or move his limbs. His eyes are healing from the smoke so he is also unable to open them or see right now.  They have a very strong faith in God and have put there complete and total trust in him.  We are believing for a miraculous out come for the both of them. 

We thank you for your prayers. They mean everything!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 6, 2018

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Posted on March 6, 2018

Jason Reece weighing in tonight at 
**194 pounds**!

This is HUGE! He has nearly zero percent body fat.

When leaving the burn unit in June he weighed 128 soaking wet. This is a very exciting moment for Jay. Feeling more and more normal everyday. 66 pounds of muscle gain in 6 months 💪🏻 
He is the most impressive person I know. 
When we see results like this, it makes every stretch, every workout, every hour in the kitchen preparing healthy meals, worth it. All the effort...Worth it. Pushing through the pain, frustration, and everything else that comes along with this journey....it’s worth it. It’s all significant.

Good job babe!!! 
Thank you JESUS!


Posted on February 24, 2018

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Posted on February 24, 2018

Stretching has been and continues to be the biggest part of Jason’s rehabilitation. He is currently stretching for 6-8 hours a day than either goes to the gym or opts for a run outside, on top of that. Everyday, he does this. Approximately 10-12 hours a day are spent rehabilitating his body. This is a consuming task, but the alternative is not being able to move, so it makes every moment worth it. Of course, he/we would love to be doing other things and have our normal schedule and life back, but this is what is required, to return to “normal”.

Shortly after Jay’s surgery in December, we drove to my parent’s home in Oregon, to take some time to heal (and escape the cold dry Saskatchewan winter!) The climate here has been wonderful for his skin. The humidity and warmth has been key in his progress. We have been laying low and staying focused for this season. Being diligent and taking our time to not only physically heal, but mentally and emotionally heal as well. We wanted to thank you for being understanding towards this process and patiently waiting to visit, we know that there are many of you, friends and family alike. Though we occasionally escape the house for supper or a grocery run, most of our days are spent at home…resting, healing, and working hard to get through this phase. We appreciate your continued patients with us as well as your encouraging support.

Breaking in new skin is a challenge but he is doing it. Being trapped in an inner tube is the best way to describe how tight the skin is. His skin “naturally releases” (aka tears) under his arms often. You’ll notice also, that he has “cording” on his neck, which is crucial to stretch, to have full range of motion in his neck. Before he stretches, I spray a concoction of oils on his skin to not only deeply moisturize, but also enhance the health and appearance of his skin.

Stay flexy, my friends!


Posted on February 8, 2018

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Posted on February 8, 2018

"He has made everything beautiful in time..." Ecclesiastes 3:11


Sometimes I wish there was a way to take a brief mental and emotional break, from what we have been through. Not a minute of the day goes by, where it is not on my mind. I know that is something so many of us have in common, one way or another, when going through rough seasons.

Everyone is different, but something I personally do, is go back and look at pictures of the past 7+ months. To some it sounds like a painful road to go down, but it helps. What this does for me, is realign my perspective. It reminds me of all of the miracles that have happened. The undeserved grace that has been covering us. The expedited healing that we have experienced. It reminds me that we have a purpose. And even through the most painful season, I choose to seek Him to find the purpose.

" You will seek me and you will find me..." What a wonderful promise.❤️

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