Help John Van Mannekes and his family battle ALS

For: John Van Mannekes
Ventura, CA
Organizer: Ventura Fire Foundation
Help John Van Mannekes and his family battle ALS (John Van Mannekes)
$39,415
of $50,000 goal
78% Complete
Raised by 232 donors

The Story

John has helped countless members of our Ventura City community. Now he and his family need your help so he can access vital medical care.


After 21 years as a Ventura City firefighter, John is no longer able to do the job he loves to do. His family has had to move into a one-level home. The medical bills are multiplying. Caregiving and equipment costs are prohibitively expensive.

Read more of John's story on the Ventura Fire Foundation website. 

ALS is a cruel disease. Some have described it as being encased in a glass coffin. Day by day, you lose control of your own body. Neurons responsible for muscle function quite literally die. While ALS begins with muscle stiffness and spasms, it quickly progresses as muscles shrink in size. Eventually, you begin to struggle to do the most basic of tasks. Speaking. Swallowing. Breathing.


John’s family is doing everything they can to extend and better his quality of life. But the caregiving and equipment bills add up quickly.


That’s why the Ventura Fire Foundation is asking you to give back to John Van Mannekes today. After 21 years of tireless community service, John and his family are in need of your financial assistance. Your encouragement. Your support. This is a unique opportunity to say thank you to a man who has spent his life working for the wellbeing of others.

Please give generously and consider sharing this campaign with your network. Read more about John's inspiring life and career, and make your donation to the Van Mannekes family today.

Thank you for supporting our colleague.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 1, 2017

Posted on October 1, 2017

The Van Mannekes family has been so touched by your incredible generosity and messages of support. 

We at the Ventura Fire Foundation could not be more grateful to our community for coming together in support of John. 

In recognition of the extremely high cost of living with ALS (up to $300,000 per year) we are increasing our fundraising goal. We hope you will join us in continuing to share John's story and encouraging others to give. 

Thank you so much again. We couldn't do this without you.


Posted on September 28, 2017

Posted on September 28, 2017

Hi everyone, we have raised 75% of the goal thanks to your generosity. If you haven't donated yet, please consider donating $5 to $10 to help us reach our goal. Every dollar counts!

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