Maesyn's Recovery Fund

Maesyn Fitzgibbons, a 20-year-old Santa Barbara native, was involved in a car accident on the Mesa on May 7th. A passenger in the vehicle, Maesyn suffered extensive injuries: her sacrum is broken, her pelvis has multiple breaks, and her left leg, due to a severe break and excessive blood loss, had to be amputated from the shin down. Maesyn faces a long recovery, with multiple surgeries, rehabilitation, therapy and adjusting to life with a prosthesis.

Maesyn values education. Since she was a young girl she has worked with determination, drive and tenacity, never giving up to reach her goals, which led her to Cornell University where she is currently a sophomore studying pre-med. Maesyn's family believes that these same qualities, in combination with her strength, will carry her through this extremely difficult experience
and that she will not only emerge better and stronger, but able to pursue her career with deeper meaning and resolve. Maesyn is a Don. She attended Santa Barbara High, Santa Barbara Junior High, Peabody Charter School and Open Alternative School. Maesyn loves to be active. She played soccer and lacrosse, she hikes daily and her most favorite activity is taking her dog Calvin to the beach.  

Maesyn's mom, Lynette Gaona, is known and loved by many in our community as a friend, singer and vocal coach. Maesyn inherited her mom's sweet, beautiful singing voice and also plays the bass guitar. Lynette and her partner, Rusty Snow, are also known in the local running community as part of the Santa Barbara Running and Racing Team. Together, Lynette and Rusty and their combined 7 kids need our community’s help so they can be there to support Maesyn through her journey.

Lynette has approved this fundraiser and thanks you for supporting Maesyn and her family.


  • Christie Allen 
    • $25 
    • 1 mo
  • Patrick Maiani 
    • $100 
    • 3 mos
  • Kirsten Hardy 
    • $15 
    • 4 mos
  • Theresa LaPera 
    • $100 
    • 4 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 4 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Lisa Lee 
Santa Barbara, CA
Lynette Gaona 
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