Most people are familiar with the massive amount of destruction and devastation Hurricane Harvey caused Texas in August. 2017. What people don’t know is the indescribable tragedy and loss our co-worker and friend Jeremy Hoarau and his family have endured in the aftermath.
With an outpouring of love and support from his family and friends who have graciously donated and provided help, the need is much bigger. We are at a point in which we cannot do this alone. We are asking for your help and support. We are trying to raise $100,000 for our friend Jeremy, his wife Colleen, and their premature baby son Carter. The money raised will be used to repair his flood damaged home and to provide his family a safe and healthy place to bring their son home from the hospital. It will also provide them a place to heal and to move forward, focusing on things that truly matter. Any additional money raised will go towards medical bills and memorial services. The home repairs alone will be approximately $80,000.
About the Hoarau’s
Jeremy, met his true love, Colleen 2 years ago. From the beginning, they were a match made in heaven. They both worked as 911 dispatchers. They dedicated themselves to helping others every day and have done this selflessly for years. Young, happy, good looking and ready to move onto the next chapter of their lives it was apparent they have found that special person.
A year later, Colleen learned she was pregnant and they were ecstatic. Jeremy was so proud to become a dad; his smile was contagious. Everyone he told was so happy and excited for the young couple. A short time later an ultrasound revealed she was pregnant with twin boys. They picked out the names Carter and Cooper. We were all overjoyed.
While extremely happy, the announcement of the twins came with some very concerning news. This pregnancy was not a normal twin pregnancy, the twins are Monoamniotic twins (Mono Mono). Monoamniotic twins are identical twins that share the same amniotic sac within their mother's uterus. Monoamniotic twins account for less than 1 percent of all U.S. twin pregnancies. The condition posed serious risks, including cord entanglement for the fetuses. They began preparing for the serious journey ahead.
While working the 911 communications center the night of Hurricane Harvey, Jeremy received a call from his wife who was at their home, near the Dickinson Bayou. She needed help and needed to be rescued. Colleen, alone and six months pregnant with a high-risk pregnancy, was in the home. It was taking on vast amounts of water and it was rising quickly. Jeremy understanding there may not be a chance to rescue her, felt helpless.
There was absolutely no way he could get to her, the road was completely impassible for miles, he too was surrounded by high water. The amount of worry had to be unbearable, but he continued to help others, while staying in constant contact with his wife.
By sheer coincidence, a rescue vehicle was at the end of their street rescuing flood victims. An unknown police officer was able to get her out of the house and help wade through debris filled chest high water to the rescue truck which was on higher ground. She was safe.
Once she was safe, reality set in. Everything they have worked for the home, car, furniture, and a future place for the twins to call home was gone. He did not have flood Insurance and was sure everything they owned was destroyed. It would be 3 days before the flood waters receded enough for him to reach the house. During those 3 days, Jeremy continued to work helping others during their time of need. When he was finally able to reach the house, His nightmare turned into a reality. The house was completely destroyed and uninhabitable.
Not having a place to live, they moved into the second story of his parents’ house. He remained positive and hopeful for the future.
On September 27th, Colleen, now 28 weeks pregnant was admitted to the hospital for constant monitoring of the twin’s progress. The doctors wanted to keep a close watch due to the seriousness of her condition with a scheduled C-section at 34 weeks.
On the morning of October 16, Colleen, now a little over 30 weeks pregnant, was rushed into emergency delivery. Carter Jax Hoarau was born into this world weighing 3 pounds. Devastatingly, his twin brother Cooper did not survive delivery. Carter Jax who is 9 weeks premature is currently in the Neo Natal ICU at Texas Children’s.
Due to the sensitive nature of these painful events and because the hurt is recent, we ask that you please respect their privacy during this time of healing. I want everyone to know, they have never asked for help. However, they have humbly approved our request to send this GoFundMe request out to others who are willing to help them via Facebook, twitter, email or other means. Please share to any close friends you feel would be willing to help and let's enact what the true spirit of giving is all about.
Donations outside of GoFundMe can be mailed to Kim Hera- League City Police Department, 555 W. Walker St, League City, TX 77573.
Words of encouragement can be emailed to [email redacted]
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