Fundraiser for Michelle Quesada
This is Brian Shultz. Michelle Scott-Quesada is my daughter's mother-in-law. She suffered great loss in the Marshall fire...
December 30, 2021, was already going to be a devastating 24 hours for Michelle, even before she and her daughter Casey lost their home, both cars, and all their belongings in the Marshall Fire in Superior, CO.
That was yesterday morning, December 30, and Michelle was preparing for her final good-byes to her dear husband Chalo, who was likely in his final 24 hours of hospice care in their home in Superior, Colorado in the Sagamore neighborhood that lost all 370 homes. The fires started just West of their home, and in a matter of minutes, driven behind 75-115 mph winds, the fire exploded and descended upon Michelle and Chalo in their home. Chalo, bed-ridden, could do nothing, but Michelle and Krissie (Chalo's sister)
were able to get an ambulance to the house and escape with her husband just as the flames were claiming all the homes around them. All this took place in 12 minutes. Here's a picture of the fire across the street as the ambulance pulled away.
Chalo was taken to the nearby Avista Adventist hospital, but within 15 minutes of being there, the hospital went on emergency evacuation as heavy smoke and flames were already reaching the outer edges. Michelle was told that Chalo would be the last patient evacuated, given his dying status.
Michelle's son Nate (my son-in-law), a CO National Guardsman, was already on his way up to Superior to say his last goodbye to his dad, along with our daughter, Hannah, and their baby, but could not get to the hospital due to the blockades and fire danger. He got his wife and baby to safety in a nearby community, and then went back into the fire danger area to rescue his dad and mom and their family friend Krissie and the 2 dogs from the hospital. Nate made 2 separate trips into the area, evacuating the whole family, and getting his dad re-located to Denver Hospice, who held Chalo for a few hours until he passed away this New Year's Eve morning at 7:11am MST.
In less than 24 hours, Michelle lost her home, her husband, and nearly everything she owned, but amazingly survived with the dogs and the single suitcase she has with her.
Immediate needs are being taken care of. The family is still assessing what out-of-pocket costs will be. Given funeral costs (and the last 10 years of medical expenses), relocation costs, and the loss of all belongings, including cars, furniture, and clothes, the need is great.
Please consider giving. Please. Thank you in advance.

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Organizer and beneficiary

Becky Shultz
Parker, CO
Nathaniel Quesada

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