Samuel (Peaches) Maxwell Ghost Ship Fire Survivor Fund

For: Samuel Maxwell - Peaches, survivor of the Ghost Ship Fire
Oakland, CA
Organizer: Wendi Maxwell
$17,700
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 226 donors
35% Complete
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The Story

Sam Maxwell - affectionately known as Peaches to his many friends - has been fighting for his life. Please help him.

According to witnesses, Sam was the last person to leave the burning building at the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland on the night of December 2, 2016. He had the presence of mind to call friends and ask to be taken to Highlands Hospital. 36 other people were not as fortunate. He texted his parents, saying I'm alive. I'm out."

Sam was in a medical coma for four weeks, and is still in the critical care unit in the hospital. He avoided skin burns (apparently by crawling on the floor to get out), but suffered serious smoke inhalation and numerous complications. He is facing extensive physical and emotional rehabilitation. He will need considerable support during that journey. He has suffered as serious a loss as anyone affected by this fire who is still living. You can help him become whole again.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 21, 2017

Posted on February 21, 2017

Sam has rehab sessions for 3 - 4 hours a day; occupational therapy in the morning to help him with eating and grooming, speech therapy to help recover his ability to speak, and physical therapy to help him regain use of his deconditioned body. Recently he complained to us that the physical therapist needs to work with him more times during the day, and give him harder things to do. THAT'S the spirit and determination that will see him through this nightmare! 

Posted on February 6, 2017

Posted on February 6, 2017

Our dear friend Ilena Finnochi is a nationally-recognized artist whose award-winning work has shown in galleries on both coasts. To show Sam a little "Valentine's Day love", she is donating half of the sales from her Etsy site to Sam's recovery. Here's a chance to help Sam, and buy some cool art for yourself at the same time...  Ilena's art supports Sam

Posted on February 2, 2017

Posted on February 2, 2017

Fox News (Channel 40 out of Sacramento) interviewed us on a break from the hospital earlier this week. They compiled a lovely and moving story about Sam... A Long Path to Recovery

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