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)
$24,480
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 257 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 September 7, 2017

Posted on September 7, 2017

Nine months' after the fire... Peaches is re-learning how to walk and talk, and brushing up his speech. We have assembled a great Team Peaches - everyone from doctors (primary care, physiatrist, neurologist), to therapists (physical, occupational, speech, psychologist), a home caregiver, friends who visit from Oakland, and local friends who bring over food and entertainment.

The money that we've raised is helping a lot - paying for a specialized psychologist who has been helping Sam since the beginning, 40 hours of hands-on care giving every week, and a therapeutic massage every Tuesday. It also comes in handy for things that the insurance won't cover - like new leg and knee braces.
We are also looking into computer adaptations so he can more easily use the computer to write and access the internet.

Everyone has been so kind and generous, and it has really put us in a great position to take care of Sam.
Seems there is a whole world of resources out there - all willing to help. Thank you all so much for your help. It means the world to us and to Sam.

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!

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