Support For Cecily Bartsch

$94,471 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 845 people in 1 month
Created November 20, 2018
LA
Luxie Aquino
on behalf of Lynn Bartsch
As a close family friend of Lynn Bartsch and the Bartsch family, I have created this GoFundMe for Our beloved Cecily, at the urging of (and inquiries from) many friends of the family. Early Sunday morning on November 18, 2018 around 4 am, 16 year old Cecily was sleeping over at a friend’s house in Orinda and a fire erupted. Cecily thankfully escaped. We are heartbroken that her friend did not survive. Cecily is the Miramonte High School teenager you may have heard about and reported in the news who survived the fire, but she was critically injured.

She is unfortunately in Bothin Burn Center in San Francisco, being treated for 2nd and 3rd degree burns on 35% of her body. She is still in critical condition and is expected to be in the hospital for months.

Cecily is a beautiful, sweet, bright, talented, sensitive, and incredibly gifted young girl. Her accomplishments are so impressive. She dreams of changing the world - radically. While many 16 year old girls are worrying about dating and learning to drive, Cecily is intently intellectual with a passion for existential philosophy and French policial rock music. She volunteers and helps disadvantaged and at risk youth in Oakland with their homework. Cecily finds great joy in ballet and studies at Oakland Ballet School. Cecily is a National Latin Scholar and studies the Russian Language. She is feisty and challenges everyone in the logical and moral underpinning of their ideas. That fighting spirit, along with everyone’s prayers and well wishes, is what’s keeping her going right now.

She is a witty jokester and was telling jokes to the EMTs in the ambulance despite being critically injured. She is even joking now through hand signals and scrawled notes since she can’t speak with the breathing tube she needs. She was just about to perform as Louise in this year’s OBS Nutcracker, which was something she had been working hard for for years. A HUGE fan of K-Pop, Cecily is a member of the BTS Army. Cecily absolutely loved seeing them whenever they came to the US.

Any donated amount would help Cecily and the family focus on getting Cecily whatever medical treatment necessary to save and improve her quality of life. If you are unable to donate, we would very much appreciate any prayers or warm thoughts for Cecily and if possible, sharing this link with your family and friends.

On behalf of the Bartsch family, we thank you all for your kind words, prayers, warm thoughts, offers to help, and kindness. We will keep you posted on her progress. Cecily is having the first of potentially six surgeries this morning, November 20th. Your continued prayers are very much appreciated...
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Update 46
Posted by Luxie Aquino
4 days ago
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From 1/13:

Well I haven't updated in a while, right? I'm sorry about that. I haven't quite known what to say.

I wish I could say, "Everything has been awesome and she's just doing perfect and we are so psyched to just go home."

But that's not really the update. Overall everything is fine.

It's Sunday morning and I'm watching her twitch slightly in her sleep. Tempted to wake her up and soothe her but she needs to process whatever it is. And who knows she could be jumping for joy in her dreams.

This week was full of ups and downs. She looks great and she's been able to do more and more in PT everyday. She is eating way better - especially ice cream and cookies.

But she is also stating to feel more physical and emotional pain. We had a couple of horrific nights where the nightmares came back. The more she does in PT the more physical pain she has. The more physical pain she has the more intense the emotional pain seems to be present.

We got connected with a peer support person for her. A young woman a year older than her who was in a house fire a few years ago. She came to visit and they talked for about 2 hours. This young lady is a social democrat so she and C had a spirited political debate practically the whole time. It was really good for C and I hope the two become friends.

We are still looking forward to going home around the 21st. Right now just stepping head one day at a time.

Current pig count is
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Update 45
Posted by Luxie Aquino
13 days ago
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From 1/5:
Hello and happy weekend.

Current pig count is !

Cecily is working hard on skills to go home! She's more and more independent everyday. And today she gets to try wearing actual clothes! Yay!

She's probably not psyched that we will need to start school work back up in a week or two. But needs must as we say.

Maggie has auditions for summer programs all month too so it's busy.

Alec and I are both looking at going back to work part time too.

So we are seeing the possibility of life returning to a normal. It won't be the old normal but it will be a normal. And just the idea of that is wonderful.

❤️
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Update 44
Posted by Luxie Aquino
17 days ago
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From 1/1:
Happy New Year everyone, and it’s the Year of the too. Current pig count in Cecily’s hospital room is that should mean a lot of good luck!

We are cautiously optimistic that the major surgeries are over. The grafts are taking as expected so far. Thank goodness. I’ve seen a few of the grafted spots and donor sites and they look really great. At least to me. Wow we lucked out that Dr. Grossman was on duty when she came in.

She is up and walking again, although it is very painful and tiring. She’s got some tough work ahead of her.

With the new year I’m hoping to get back to work a little more and hoping to get Cecily and Maggie back into school some more. Alec has off through end of January.

Maggie is having a pretty hard time too. Getting back into school hasn’t been easy for her and she has a lot of worry. We have to make sure Maggie gets the attention she needs through all of this too. Life will never be the same for any of us really.

Last night was a good reminder. Someone was shooting off fireworks right outside our window for the new year. While those are normally reasons for “oooohs” and “ahhhs,” last night they were just too loud and too close for comfort. Cecily joked that none of us needed to “get burned again” and we all just kind of wished they’d go away.

But it was great to say goodbye to awful horrible 2018. 2019 is going to be better for sure.

❤️ to everyone.
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Update 43
Posted by Luxie Aquino
21 days ago
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From 12/28:
Good afternoon all.
The intensive rehab people are coming by to start talking about moving Cecily out of the Burn ICU and onto the 7th floor for a few weeks of rehab before going home. So happy to be having that conversation!!
We won't know how the most recent grafts look until Sunday, but Dr. Grossman took a peak yesterday and Sid it looks good.
She's having a bit of a spa day today - I dry shampooed her hair and made a nice braid and we're giving her a manicure.
There's still a lot of physical and emotional pain but so far today is a good day.
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