Samuel (Peaches) Maxwell Ghost Ship Fire Survivor Fund

For: Samuel Maxwell - Peaches, survivor of the Ghost Ship Fire
Oakland, CA
Organizer: Wendi Maxwell
$23,820
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 245 donors
47% 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 May 25, 2017

Posted on May 25, 2017

Sam has been "home" (with his parents) one month now.   St. Joseph's Hospital sends in home health services to give him therapy - physical therapy twice a week, occupational therapy twice a week, speech three times a week, and nursing once a week. Then in between times, Sam and his caregiver Ernest work on all the exercises they've given him.  He also works with a psychologist once a week, and a masseuse as well. He is one very busy guy these days - working hard and "in training" for recovering his full strength.  He is checking his FB page, so send him a note and wish him well! 

Posted on April 28, 2017

Posted on April 28, 2017

WELCOME HOME! After 143 days, Sam is FINALLY out of the hospital. He still needs lots of assistance, and probably months of therapy, but he is happy to recuperate and recover at his parents house. As an added bonus, he was reunited with his dog Baxter - both of them very very happy. 

Posted on April 4, 2017

Posted on April 4, 2017

Sam spent his 33rd birthday in the hospital - four months to the day after the fire.  He's recovering slowly but steadily. His goal right now is to learn to walk again.  He is strong and courageous and in good spirits, especially with lots of friends surrounding him on his birthday.  We brought Mardi Gras beads and party favors, and feasted on Middle Eastern food, smoothies, and mochi...

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