My name is Luis Gonzalez and I am an attorney with the law firm of Holland & Knight in Orlando, Florida.
On September 14, 2017, I got a call from Florida Hospital’s Partners in Healing program that forever changed my life. I was asked if I was willing to represent a young boy pro bono who, in a matter of hours, became an orphan—losing his mother, brother, and sister.
On September 12th, Louis’s immediate family died in the aftermath of hurricane Irma due to carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator in the garage. Louis was the only one who woke up and called 911—he is a hero. Louis lost both of his siblings and his mother in this tragic accident.
Louis’s Aunt, who lived with them, survived but spent weeks in hospital, undergoing treatment and surgery. Fortunately for Louis, she has agreed to be his guardian. After leaving the hospital and living temporarily in hotel for several months (courtesy of the Aunt’s employer), Louis and his Aunt were finally able to get an unfurnished apartment in December 2017. They have nothing and have little money as his Aunt has been unable to work due to her serious injuries. With support of my family, friends, coworkers at Holland & Knight, and Orchard Supply Hardware in Winter park we were able to help furnish the apartment and help Louis and his Aunt get through this difficult time of year.
Louis has no living immediate family members, as his father passed away in 2006. His family had no assets, money, or any other financial security in place to help care for Louis. We need your help. We have set up this gofundme account to help provide Louis long term care, counseling, and support. Any donation would be appreciated. Our goal is to raise funds to set up a trust fund for Louis to help get him through the difficult years that lie ahead. Of course we hope to exceed out goal.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or need additional information.
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