Nano Memorial/Jr Esme Medical Funds

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Ramon Vasquez
on behalf of Juana Vasquez
 SAN DIEGO, CA
All are welcomed to join the Vasquez-Nunez/Castro family to celebrate the life of Fernando "Nano" Castro. The memorial will be held on:

Saturday, December 19th at the Jacobs Center Foundation.
Doors open at 9AM.

Jacobs Center Foundation
404 Euclid Ave,
San Diego, CA 92114
(619) 527-6161

Please note this is the official Gofundme page for the Mt. Hope house fire.

My name is Ramon Vasquez and I created  this Gofundme page on behalf of the Vasquez-Nunez/Castro family. A devastating tragedy occurred on 11/30/2015 around midnight in the Mt. Hope community. While my Tia Juanita drove my cousin Beba to a meet up location to go back to Chico state after Thanksgiving break, a fire broke out at her home. In the home were my cousins Nano (age 12), Luis Jr. (age 5), and Esme (age 3); as well as their Tia Lynette and her boyfriend Rafael Perez. The fire broke out while they were all asleep. 

My family's heart is heavy as the fire claimed the life of our sweet little Nano.  He was an amazing cousin, brother, son, and friend.  He loved his pets Osito (little bear) and his cat very much and loved playing with them all the time.  He was a gamer too.  He was the best at 'Call of Duty' and 'Godfather'. Life without him will never be the same, but we will always remember his amazing smile and his laugh which always made me happy. I miss him so much and I wish I could tell him how much I love him again.

My little cousins Jr. and Esme were admitted to the burn unit at UCSD in Hillcrest and placed under medically induced comas. Esme suffered burns over 40-50 percent of her body, and Luis Jr. suffered burns over 70-80 percent of his body. They remain in critical but stable condition. 

Rafael Perez is a family friend and the boyfriend of my little cousin's Tia Lynette. He lived in the house with Lynette as they are expecting a baby early next year. After the fire broke out, he saved Lynette and assisted the firefighters in getting the children out. He is a hero. I know he would not say that due to the tragic passing of my little cousin Nano, but without his help, the outcome of this tragedy could have been unbearably worse. Rafa was admitted to the hospital for deep lacerations to his arms, stomach, and feet from breaking down windows; blood loss; as well as respiratory burns.  The house and everything in it is unsalvagable, leaving my Tia Juanita and family with nothing.

We are asking for the support from family, friends, and the community for monetary donations that will go towards Junior's and Esme's medical expenses, Nano's funeral services, and to aid Juanita in rebuilding her family's life.


UPDATED DONATION INFORMATION

*** We have created a Facebook page to honor the memory of Nano as well as provide status updates for Junior and Esme, contact information for donation location and websites, and upcoming fundraisers. https://www.facebook.com/castrovasqueznunez ***

***The Burn Institute has kindly added a fund for the Vasquez-Nunez/Castro family. This is an alternative option for donation. The Burn Institute, a local non-profit, is currently assisting the family with not only immediate needs, but has also opened a designated fund for the family. If you would like to make a donation, please click the following link and under “I would like to designate my donation for:” select “Vasquez-Nunez/Castro Family”. The Burn Institute is an accredited 501c3 non-profit organization and all monetary donations through them are tax-deductible. There are zero fees associated with making a donation this way, so 100% of every gift will be directly used to assist the family. DONATE HERE: https://burninstitute.org/make-a-gift/donate ***

***With such an overwhelming response from the community that have donated clothes, household items, furniture, etc., the San Diego City Fire Fighters - Local 145 have graciously offered their facilities as the official drop off/collection site. When you arrive, please be sure to notify Local 145 that you are dropping off donations and they will gladly assist in bringing the items up. Please do not leave the donations outside. (Please see clothing sizes in campaign description.) ***If you are donating large furniture, ex: beds, dining table, sofas, etc., please private message through the Facebook page and we can schedule a pick up. www.facebook.com/castrovasqueznunez ***


San Diego City Fire Fighters - Local 145
10405 San Diego Mission Road Suite 201 (2nd floor)
San Diego, CA 92108
619-563-6161
Monday-Friday from 8AM-4:30PM
Closed for lunch 11AM-12PM.

Thank you to everyone for the outpouring love, support, and prayers that are desperately needed. There are no words to truly express the profound feeling my family and I share for the incredible support we have received. Please continue to pray for strength and comfort for my Tia Juanita, my counsin Nano to rest peacefully, my cousins Junior and Esme's recovery, and the Vasquez-Nunez/ Castro family.


Luis Jr. (Age 5)
Tops-Kids small and up
Bottoms- Kids small and up
Shoes-Not needed at this time 

Esme (Age 3)
Tops- Kids small and up
Bottoms- Kids small and up
Shoes-Not needed at this time 

Vela (Age 16)
Tops-Teen Girl 1X
Bottoms- sz 13
Shoes-Boys 4.5 or Womens 6.5

Juanita
Tops-Womens 2X
Bottoms-1X sweats or stretchy pants
Shoes-Womens 6.5 wide or 7 narrow

Rafa
Shirts- Mens 2X
Pants-40X32
Shoes-Mens 12 1/2 wide or 13 Narrow
2X Boxer Briefs

Lynette
Tops-2XL
Bottoms-XL maternity
Shoes- Womens 7




Fernando "Nano" Castro
May you rest in love and peace, our little angel Nano.

Esmeralda "Esme" Vasquez Nunez

Luis Vasquez Nunez Jr.














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Thank you to all who have generously donated so far.
But sadly, it has been brought to our attention that there are individuals impersonating Juanita and accepting donations or selling items to raise money.

We do not accept donations or funds in this manner. Please be aware that these types of scams occurring.

All of our fundraising effort is through the Burn Institute link (see below) or sponsored business establishment events. Please refer to our facebook, www.facebook.com/castrovasqueznunez for all official upcoming events.

DONATE HERE: https://burninstitute.org/make-a-gift/donate
The Burn Institute has kindly added a fund for the Vasquez-Nunez/Castro family. This is an alternative option for donation. The Burn Institute, a local non-profit, is currently assisting the family with not only immediate needs, but has also opened a designated fund for the family. If you would like to make a donation, please click the following link and under “I would like to designate my donation for:” select “Vasquez-Nunez/Castro Family”. The Burn Institute is an accredited 501c3 non-profit organization and all monetary donations through them are tax-deductible. There are zero fees associated with making a donation this way, so 100% of every gift will be directly used to assist the family.
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All are welcomed to join the Vasquez-Nunez/Castro family to celebrate the life of Fernando "Nano" Castro. The memorial will be held on:

Saturday, December 19th at the Jacobs Center Foundation.

Doors open at 9AM.
Jacobs Center Foundation
404 Euclid Ave,
San Diego, CA 92114
(619) 527-6161

UPDATED DONATION INFORMATION
*** We have created a Facebook page to honor the memory of Nano as well as provide status updates for Junior and Esme, contact information for donation location and websites, and upcoming fundraisers. https://www.facebook.com/castrovasqueznunez ***

***The Burn Institute has kindly added a fund for the Vasquez-Nunez/Castro family. This is an alternative option for donation. The Burn Institute, a local non-profit, is currently assisting the family with not only immediate needs, but has also opened a designated fund for the family. If you would like to make a donation, please click the following link and under “I would like to designate my donation for:” select “Vasquez-Nunez/Castro Family”. The Burn Institute is an accredited 501c3 non-profit organization and all monetary donations through them are tax-deductible. There are zero fees associated with making a donation this way, so 100% of every gift will be directly used to assist the family. DONATE HERE: https://burninstitute.org/make-a-gift/donate ***

***With such an overwhelming response from the community that have donated clothes, household items, furniture, etc., the San Diego City Fire Fighters - Local 145 have graciously offered their facilities as the official drop off/collection site. When you arrive, please be sure to notify Local 145 that you are dropping off donations and they will gladly assist in bringing the items up. Please do not leave the donations outside. (Please see clothing sizes in campaign description.) ***If you are donating large furniture, ex: beds, dining table, sofas, etc., please private message through the Facebook page and we can schedule a pick up. www.facebook.com/castrovasqueznunez

San Diego City Fire Fighters - Local 145
10405 San Diego Mission Road Suite 201 (2nd floor)
San Diego, CA 92108
619-563-6161
Monday-Friday from 8AM-4:30PM
Closed for lunch 11AM-12PM.

Thank you all for your prayer and support.
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Hello all,

It was brought to our attention that donations have been left behind or blocking the stairs at the drop off/collection site: San Diego City Fire Fighters - Local 145. When you arrive, please be sure to notify Local 145 that you are dropping off donations and they will gladly assist in bringing the items up. Please do not leave the donations outside.

Also, please note the revised hours for Local 145 below. They are also closed for lunch so please plan accordingly. Thank you all for your continued support.


San Diego City Fire Fighters - Local 145
10405 San Diego Mission Road Suite 201 (2nd floor)
San Diego, CA 92108
619-563-6161
Monday-Friday from 8AM-4:30PM
Closed for lunch 11AM-12PM.

***If you are donating large furniture, ex: beds, dining table, sofas, etc. and do not have the means to drop off at the collection site, please private message through the Facebook page and we can arrange a pick up.

www.facebook.com/castrovasqueznunez
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All are welcomed to join the Vasquez-Nunez/ Castro family to celebrate the life of Fernando "Nano" Castro. The memorial will be held on :

Saturday, December 19th at the Jacobs Center Foundation.
Doors open at 9AM.

Jacobs Center Foundation
404 Euclid Ave,
San Diego, CA 92114
(619) 527-6161


UPDATED DONATION INFORMATION--
***With such an overwhelming response from the community that have donated clothes, household items, furniture, etc., the San Diego City Fire Fighters - Local 145 have graciously offered their facilities as the official drop off/collection site. When you arrive, please be sure to notify Local 145 that you are dropping off donations and they will gladly assist in bringing the items up. Please do not leave the donations outside.

San Diego City Fire Fighters - Local 145
10405 San Diego Mission Road Suite 201 (2nd floor)
San Diego, CA 92108
619-563-6161
Monday-Friday from 8AM-4:30PM
Closed for lunch 11AM-12PM.

(Please see clothing sizes below) ***

***If you are donating large furniture, ex: beds, dining table, sofas, etc. and do not have the means to drop off at the collection site, please private message through the Facebook page and we can arrange a pick up.

www.facebook.com/castrovasqueznunez ***
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Bethany Amborn
42 months ago
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We have some clothes for the kids and Juanita as well, can you post their sizes? Is Esme a 3T, 4T? Junior a 5, 6? What size shoes do they wear right now? What size pants does Juanita wear? We have 18-22 we can bring. If you can, update this with their sizes so we can bring some things they can use right now. I will be working with my friends to gather clothes and supplies.

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Niki Cortez
42 months ago
1
1

I am praying for the family during this tragic time and I offer my condolences. I gathered any older girl clothes I had and dropped them off this morning. I didn't call or text but hope they reach the family as there were other donations outside as well. Praying for a speedy recovery for Esme and Junior!

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Araceli Quirino
42 months ago
1
1

Were can i donate clothes to family?

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Bethany Amborn
42 months ago
1
1

My family would like to help with clothes, bedding, replacement Christmas gifts, etc. Our house burned down too, and we want to pay it forward. Is Juanita or anyone close to her connected with a church that can help coordinate all the offers of assistance? I know you all must still be reeling, and it's a lot to have to think about. If there's a church or other community connection, I would love to work with them to help coordinate getting a list of needs and connecting with people who want to help. Please count us on that list.

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Suzanna Reyes
42 months ago
1
1

Ramon please contact me we want to help.

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Cassandra Reyes
42 months ago
1
1

Hey ramon please contact my mom she and joe started a page and are trying to get some fundraising done thsu just wanted to help out because she knows you all would be busy

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Rudy Garcia
40 months ago

I AM DEEPLY SADDEN BY THE LOST OF YOUR LOVE ONE AND I WILL PRAY FOR THE FAMILY.

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Krystle Acayan
42 months ago

Hello Lauren, thank you for generously offering dishes, kitchen table, and odds and ends. When we get closer to your move date, please reach out to us again and we can go over what is still needed. Thank you.

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Krystle Acayan
42 months ago

Hello Nikki, we are so grateful for your donation and your support. Thank you.

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Krystle Acayan
42 months ago

Hello Araceli, we have received such an overwhelming response from the community that have donated clothes, household items, furniture, etc., the San Diego City Fire Fighters - Local 145 have graciously offered their facilities as the official drop off/collection site. Please forward these items to: 10405 San Diego Mission Road Suite 201 San Diego, CA 92108 on Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm.

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Lauren Murphy
42 months ago

Im moving at the end of the month so I can donate dishes kitchen table and odds and ends... let me know if the would help.

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Krystle Acayan
42 months ago

Hi Bethany Amborn, We appreciate your sympathy and interest in helping the family get back on their feet, especially since you've had a similar experience with your home.The contact for clothing and household donations is our close family friend Heidi and her address is 6247 Leaf Court San Diego CA 92114.You can coordinate with her on the list and to help connect the people who would like to help.

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Krystle Acayan
42 months ago

Hi Claudia, You can definitely donate clothing and other household items. We appreciate your condolences and your support. The contact for clothing and household donations is our close family friend Heidi and her address is 6247 Leaf Court San Diego CA 92114.

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Krystle Acayan
42 months ago

Hello Suzanna and Cassandra, Ramon will contact you shortly. Thank you.

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Claudia Calzadillas Robles
42 months ago

Can we donate clothes and other items to gelp the family since everything is gone. Im I'm so sorry for the loss of your cousin and I'm praying for the rest of the family. I will pass it on and pay it forward. My donation will be in soon

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So sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.

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Hope this outpouring of support will show you the good in people after this tragedy.

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Bethany Amborn
42 months ago
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2

We have some clothes for the kids and Juanita as well, can you post their sizes? Is Esme a 3T, 4T? Junior a 5, 6? What size shoes do they wear right now? What size pants does Juanita wear? We have 18-22 we can bring. If you can, update this with their sizes so we can bring some things they can use right now. I will be working with my friends to gather clothes and supplies.

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Niki Cortez
42 months ago
1
1

I am praying for the family during this tragic time and I offer my condolences. I gathered any older girl clothes I had and dropped them off this morning. I didn't call or text but hope they reach the family as there were other donations outside as well. Praying for a speedy recovery for Esme and Junior!

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Araceli Quirino
42 months ago
1
1

Were can i donate clothes to family?

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Bethany Amborn
42 months ago
1
1

My family would like to help with clothes, bedding, replacement Christmas gifts, etc. Our house burned down too, and we want to pay it forward. Is Juanita or anyone close to her connected with a church that can help coordinate all the offers of assistance? I know you all must still be reeling, and it's a lot to have to think about. If there's a church or other community connection, I would love to work with them to help coordinate getting a list of needs and connecting with people who want to help. Please count us on that list.

+ Read More
Suzanna Reyes
42 months ago
1
1

Ramon please contact me we want to help.

+ Read More
Cassandra Reyes
42 months ago
1
1

Hey ramon please contact my mom she and joe started a page and are trying to get some fundraising done thsu just wanted to help out because she knows you all would be busy

+ Read More
Rudy Garcia
40 months ago

I AM DEEPLY SADDEN BY THE LOST OF YOUR LOVE ONE AND I WILL PRAY FOR THE FAMILY.

+ Read More
Krystle Acayan
42 months ago

Hello Lauren, thank you for generously offering dishes, kitchen table, and odds and ends. When we get closer to your move date, please reach out to us again and we can go over what is still needed. Thank you.

+ Read More
Krystle Acayan
42 months ago

Hello Nikki, we are so grateful for your donation and your support. Thank you.

+ Read More
Krystle Acayan
42 months ago

Hello Araceli, we have received such an overwhelming response from the community that have donated clothes, household items, furniture, etc., the San Diego City Fire Fighters - Local 145 have graciously offered their facilities as the official drop off/collection site. Please forward these items to: 10405 San Diego Mission Road Suite 201 San Diego, CA 92108 on Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm.

+ Read More
Lauren Murphy
42 months ago

Im moving at the end of the month so I can donate dishes kitchen table and odds and ends... let me know if the would help.

+ Read More
Krystle Acayan
42 months ago

Hi Bethany Amborn, We appreciate your sympathy and interest in helping the family get back on their feet, especially since you've had a similar experience with your home.The contact for clothing and household donations is our close family friend Heidi and her address is 6247 Leaf Court San Diego CA 92114.You can coordinate with her on the list and to help connect the people who would like to help.

+ Read More
Krystle Acayan
42 months ago

Hi Claudia, You can definitely donate clothing and other household items. We appreciate your condolences and your support. The contact for clothing and household donations is our close family friend Heidi and her address is 6247 Leaf Court San Diego CA 92114.

+ Read More
Krystle Acayan
42 months ago

Hello Suzanna and Cassandra, Ramon will contact you shortly. Thank you.

+ Read More
Claudia Calzadillas Robles
42 months ago

Can we donate clothes and other items to gelp the family since everything is gone. Im I'm so sorry for the loss of your cousin and I'm praying for the rest of the family. I will pass it on and pay it forward. My donation will be in soon

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