Hi, my name is Brent West, and I’m trying to help my friend and client, Dr. John Buzza, his wife Martha, and their children Jake and Meg, as well as two members of his team. John and his team are just a few of the many victims of the Tubbs Fire, living in the hardest-hit area, Santa Rosa, CA. Santa Rosa lost hundreds of homes and businesses to the fire. Dr. Buzza and his two team members have lost everything. Their houses are completely gone.
This is Dr. Buzza's house before the fire hit.
This is Dr. Buzza's house after.
I’ve known John for over 20 years from my work as General Manager of Frontier Laboratories, a dental lab in El Dorado Hills, CA. John is a great dentist and one of our company’s best clients. We met when he was a speaker for Pac~Live in San Francisco. John is a Mentor at the Kois Center, and he was the main encouragement for me to attend there. Over the years, he’s helped me design cases that have been challenging for me- cases that weren’t even his! If you’ve ever consulted me on a difficult case and I told you that I want to “phone a friend”, that friend was John. It’s very possible that your case was touched indirectly by John Buzza and his team.
“Like A Nuclear Bomb Hit” – Shell-shocked and Reeling
John and his team members have lost their homes and all they owned. Everything was burned to the ground. He describes his community as looking “…like a nuclear bomb hit.” Stand in the middle of the road and you’ll see block after block of houses simply gone, and cars melted into rivers of metal on the ground. It is really bad.
One piece of good news - their cat was fine!
Right now, John and his family are staying with a colleague on her farm, but soon enough they’re going to have to start rebuilding their shattered lives. They are, as they put it themselves, shell-shocked and reeling, and could really use all the help they can get. His two team members are in similar straits with their houses burned down. They’ve been trying to get his dental practice up and running, but there’s no phone service, no Internet, and no working computers now. And the winds are blowing back towards the city at 40 MPH. We can only pray that no further damage is inflicted on this already-devastated community.
How You Can Help
We’re reaching out to you, our friends and community, to lend a helping hand. We’re using this GoFundMe as a centralized place to gather resources and good wishes for John and his team. Any money raised would be used to help them find new homes and to replace the resources they’ve lost. John, who is the beneficiary of this campaign, will be the only one to access the funds. He will be distributing them to his team.
Thank you for reading this. We really hope you can find it in your heart to lend what aid you can. If you’re not in a position to donate, sharing this with your friends or leaving a kind thought would help.
- Les Wong
- Stefano Kalaw
- Pedro Santos
- Bryan Tuttle
- Brent West
Organizer and beneficiary
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