Hero Neighbor Medical Fund

On Superbowl Sunday our home was broken into. Our innocent neighbor Craig Sandoval was in his garage getting parts to fix a shelf inside while his wife Marie was making nachos and wings for the game. Marie came outside to get Craig because the nachos were getting soggy and they happened to see the robbers in the alley in a box truck loading our belongings up without realizing fully what was happening. The robbers pointed a sawed off shot gun at both of them and threatened to shoot them. Craig told them to get out of there and one of the robbers shot him twice. He was hit in the arm and the stomach with the shotgun at close range. Luckily, Marie was not hit, nor was her son who had just arrived to watch the game with his family. 

Craig has had health issues his whole life requiring many surgeries. The wound to his stomach hit prior internal wounds and went through his stomach and intestines. 8 hours of surgery later, they have been able to get all of the pellets out of his stomach area but have had to do quite extensive work on his internal organs to keep them safe. His stomach wound remains open until the swelling is down to prevent infection. 

Craig's arm was hit as well, and was broken in two places by the bullets. It is currently in a splint and he will go back into surgery today so they can double check that all the pellets have been removed in order to prevent a blood infection that can go to his heart and kill him. 

Obviously the medical bills will be quite extensive and while Craig has insurance, it will not be enough to cover it. Many people within our network have asked how they can help and this is the best way. Craig will be out of work for a minimum of 6 months now and he is the sole provider for their family. We will be helping them pay their day to day bills as well with personal funds. 

Craig is a wonderful neighbor, always watching out for us, giving us food from his garden, and being a really good guy. We are deeply saddened that he was a victim from a crime on our home and are deditcated to making sure he gets the care he needs. Thank you all for any help you can give.




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Organizer and beneficiary

Veronica Lamaak 
Denver, CO
Craig Sandoval 
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