Friends of Chris Morrison

$31,095 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 199 people in 38 months
Mike Comer
on behalf of Lori Morrison
 SIERRA MADRE, CA
Living in Sierra Madre for 39 years, Chris Morrison has always epitomized what it meant to be part of this community. A volunteer firefighter, engineer and Captain with Sierra Madre Fire Department for over 20 years, Chris and his family have served their neighbors selflessly. Now, they need our help.

Chris has been diagnosed with an incredibly aggressive stage IV esophageal cancer which has moved into his lungs and has caused multiple tumors in vital organs. Chris and his family and friends have been struggling with the symptoms of this horrible terminal disease.

Chris is fighting with everything he has. For over nine months, Chris battled and endured multiple surgeries and issues.

We would like the fire community, Sierra Madre, his friends and neighbors to come together and help  Chris, his wife Lori, and daughter Claire raise money to help with expenses. Every penny matters.

Chris has been an inspiration in our community and someone who was there whenever someone needed his help. It's time for all of us to return the favor.
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Please join our community in a celebration of Captain Chris Morrison's life.

A celebration of Chris’s life will be held @ the Memorial Park band shell Sat. Aug. 22nd @ 5:30 pm (222 Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre)
Bring blankets, chairs, & a picnic supper. Water, lemonade, & sweet treats will be provided.

This is an opportunity for all of us to honor a legacy of volunteerism, friendship, community, and a zest for life. This is a casual event, please come comfortable. Browns, USA Soccer, or any other shirts or clothes that remind you of Chris's passions are encouraged.

In lieu of flowers, Lori has requested for donations to be made which will be used to build a memorial bench in Chris's memory at his favorite camp site.
Feel free to comment here if you have any questions.

To all that have supported Chris, Lori, and Claire through this difficult time, Thank You!
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As many of you know, his family, friends, fire service, and community lost Chris last night to his battle with cancer. Chris was a hero in many ways. An amazing father and husband, great friend to many, quick wit, and calm in the most frighting of circumstances, Chris epitomized to me, what it meant to be a "Captain." That hero status was only reinforced by his valiant fight against the disease that took him and his refusal to give up. He is, and will be missed.
We are less without him, yet more because of him.
We will be leaving up the "Go Fund Me" in case anyone wants to make additional contributions.
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Humbling.
That is the only word I can think of to describe the overwhelming support that Chris and his family has seen from his community.
From the brothers and sisters of the Fire Service, the city of Sierra Madre, to states and countries abroad, Chris, Lori, and Claire have seen an outpouring of help that is simply breathtaking.
I know from speaking with Chris and Lori last Saturday, that the aspect of our city and community coming together has meant more to them than any financial amount raised.
We have picked up the boots from The Buccaneer, The Only Place In Town, Shabby Dog, Sierra Fitness, Crossfit Madre, G3 Academy of Martial Arts, Mary's Market, The Bottleshop, Poppy Cakes, Pepper Tree and Lucky Baldwins. The generosity from those businesses and their patrons is truly unbelievable!
Please continue to spread the word, and keep the Morrisons in your thoughts.
Thank you to every single person and business that has contributed, it is overwhelming to see an entire community help a neighbor.
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Instead of an update this evening, I thought I would post an open letter written by his friend Roxy Bartlett. If you are lucky enough to know Chris, then this will resonate perfectly. If you are one of the many in our community who has never met Chris, but are are helping out because you feel it's the right thing to do, or because he has given so much of himself, then after reading this you should understand why literally hundreds of people are coming to his aid:

The measure of a man’s character lies in how he treats other living beings, giving of himself when no other reward is expected, other than to simply be kind for kind’s sake. Chris Morrison, through a life well lived, continually exemplifies the conscientious actions of a man of true character. As an honored member of the Sierra Madre Fire Department, Chris has unselfishly volunteered for 20 years, serving the roles of fireman, engineer, and retiring as a captain. With countless hours of service, interrupted sleep, time spent away from his family, holidays interrupted by the call to duty, he has proved to be a devoted community affiliate assisting his neighbors in the town of Sierra Madre. Without compensation, he dutifully fulfilled that role. To share of yourself so completely is not an easy thing to do. There are a select few who can choose to live a life of service, where the only reward is a job well done. Chris is that guy. He has a kind, genuine, soul. The kind of soul that cares deeply about others. These qualities spill over into his personal life. He is a devoted husband, father, brother, and son, and he’s a loyal, steadfast, friend. His smiling face and warm presence befriend all he comes in contact with, no matter how brief the encounter. If you met Chris Morrison you remember him. You remember him for his welcoming smile, his happy attitude, and his zest for life that lights his eyes.

Chris moved to Sierra Madre in 1976. Since he was of school age when he moved here, he has developed deep roots to the community and was able to create incredible school friendships, many lasting long after the diplomas were earned. Because of these reasons, Chris is a beloved presence in Sierra Madre. When Chris joined the Sierra Madre Fire Department, he epitomized the Department’s motto – “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”. And he’s done it all with the nicest touch of humanity. His love for his community has kept him here, choosing this place to take root and raise a family. One does not become so well-known and so well loved by standing in the shadows. One achieves this by being visible, available, enriching the lives of those around him and befriending all whose paths he has crossed. That is Chris Morrison.

As a zealous lover of life and family, it seems inconceivable that stage IV cancer could land in his beautiful being, and manifest itself as it has, rerouting the life once envisioned. But it has, bringing with it the determination in Chris to fight the good fight, trying hard to reclaim the life he so loves. But that fight comes with costs. He needs our help. So now the focus and attention that Chris has always given others in his life of service, is turned to him. Standing strong with him is his beautiful wife of 25 years, Lori, and their lovely daughter, Claire, as well as his brothers, sister, his loving sets of parents, his fire family, friends, and all the endearing people of this wonderful little town of Sierra Madre. Chris has been an inspiration in our community and someone who was there whenever someone needed his help. It’s time for all of us to return the favor. Giving our support to Chris demonstrates that this town he calls home, that he loves and served with all his heart, is in fact what he always has believed it is. A special place where neighbors do help neighbors, and big groups of people who care for each other come together strong, because as much as we’d like to think the day is long, life is short even in its longest days.


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Robert Palmer
37 months ago

Hello (again) - this is Robert Palmer; to be perfectly honest, I have no idea what I'm doing with this (Internet )procedure. I hope this goes through (and the last one that I tried to send) - this is my first attempt at sending something this way. - I spent the last 40 years doing business(as an Artist/Sculptor) with a smile and a handshake, on a face-to-face basis and including personal get-togethers with friends/relatives/love ones and now I have to cope with this very impersonal way of communicating and (doing business) !! - I guess with time I'll get used to this but for now I'm going through the learning stages. Robert Palmer

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Robert Palmer
37 months ago

Hello to everyone there this (Memorial) weekend; this is Robert Palmer (son of John Palmer) my heart and feelings goes out to everybody that is feeling this loss of Chris Morrison. Although I only met him once and spent such a short time with him, he seemed to be a genuinely outgoing and friendly person. I wish I was there to share the sorrow, but a big e-mail HUG will have to do! Robert Palmer - alias: RSVPalmer

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Hilda Guzman
38 months ago

If there's ANYTHING I CAN DO PLEASE LET ME KNOW.I'M STUDIO SORRY TO HEAR SUCH NEWS..626 5903055

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Anonymous
37 months ago
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Sean Sowersby
37 months ago

RIP Captain Morrison

M.
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Monrovia Firefighters .
37 months ago

Our thoughts and Prayers! From Monrovia Firefighters Association

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Anonymous
37 months ago
JD
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Jay & Genanne Davis
37 months ago

Friends of Bill and Patti Morrison

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Dianne Schmitt
37 months ago

Our condolences to all who knew and loved Chris. I know that he will be missed. Our love and prayers to all, Dianne Schmitt

JJ
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Joan & Jerry Johnson
37 months ago

With love and prayers

Robert Palmer
37 months ago

Hello (again) - this is Robert Palmer; to be perfectly honest, I have no idea what I'm doing with this (Internet )procedure. I hope this goes through (and the last one that I tried to send) - this is my first attempt at sending something this way. - I spent the last 40 years doing business(as an Artist/Sculptor) with a smile and a handshake, on a face-to-face basis and including personal get-togethers with friends/relatives/love ones and now I have to cope with this very impersonal way of communicating and (doing business) !! - I guess with time I'll get used to this but for now I'm going through the learning stages. Robert Palmer

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Robert Palmer
37 months ago

Hello to everyone there this (Memorial) weekend; this is Robert Palmer (son of John Palmer) my heart and feelings goes out to everybody that is feeling this loss of Chris Morrison. Although I only met him once and spent such a short time with him, he seemed to be a genuinely outgoing and friendly person. I wish I was there to share the sorrow, but a big e-mail HUG will have to do! Robert Palmer - alias: RSVPalmer

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Hilda Guzman
38 months ago

If there's ANYTHING I CAN DO PLEASE LET ME KNOW.I'M STUDIO SORRY TO HEAR SUCH NEWS..626 5903055

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