Samuel (Peaches) Maxwell Ghost Ship Fire Survivor Fund

For: Samuel Maxwell - Peaches, survivor of the Ghost Ship Fire
Oakland, CA
Organizer: Wendi Maxwell
Samuel (Peaches) Maxwell Ghost Ship Fire Survivor Fund (Samuel Maxwell - Peaches, survivor of the Ghost Ship Fire)
$24,290
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 253 donors
48% Complete

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 June 28, 2017

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Posted on June 28, 2017

Sam has graduated from  two-months of in-home  therapy - physical, occupational, and speech.  He starts outpatient rehab in two weeks.  We're now moving into the phase where we start spending more of the money everyone has generously donated.  Up till now, it's covered costs for the daily care giver, treatment from a psychologist specializing in burn survivors,  and massage therapy.  Now we'll add whatever private therapy he needs, as well as a new bed to replace the hospital bed the insurance supplied. (The hospital bed is so narrow he can't roll onto his side without worrying about falling off!)  We are all feeling strong and in charge!

Posted on June 27, 2017

Posted on June 27, 2017

Sam has "graduated" from his in-home physical and occupational therapy.  He starts out-patient therapy in two weeks - lots more equipment, lots more challenges.  He is strong and working hard!

Posted on May 29, 2017

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Posted on May 29, 2017

Sam has been "home" with his parents a month now. If determination, hard work and good attitude were all it took to heal, Sam would be an Olympic athlete by now. Unfortunately, it's still a long slow road. He's getting stronger every day though, and appreciates hearing from all his friends.

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