House Fire-Country Knolls Neighbors

$36,100 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 561 people in 2 months
Created May 2, 2018
UPDATE, 2/49 p.m., 5/5/18: Glenn, the dad, is in critical condition at the Westchester Burn Unit. He has 3rd degree burns in his lungs and is unable to communicate, a fractured shoulder, multiple contusions, and 2nd degree burns on his back and shoulders. His blood pressure is dangerously high, has an elevated temperature and an infection. 

Lucas however, has been discharged from Albany Med.

Please keep Glenn, Marcus hospitalized in Boston, and the rest of the family  in your thoughts and prayers,

UPDATE 5/5/18: Mom Janet has been released from the hospital but dad Glenn is still in the burn unit in Westchester. Sweet Marcus  (pls note correction; his age was incorrectly noted as 10; he is 12) is still hospitalized in Boston. And little Lucas is still in Albany Med. 

A dedicated Facebook page is up to provide updates and a central point of contact for status and donations: 


The family wishes to acknowledge and thank everyone for the outpouring of support and generosity.

Friends, we've done amazing things in a very short span of time but the family's needs, particulary medical expenses, continue to mount. Additionally, the family is laying dear Eric to rest. Kindly share this link and if you can, give. Every little bit helps. Thank you.

UPDATE 5/3/18: New details have come to light about the Broadbent's circumstances: Janet, Glenn, 10 year old Marcus, and 6 year old Lucas are all hospitalized. Glenn was airlifted to the Westchester Burn Unit. Janet and 6 year old Lucas are in the ICU at Albany Med  suffering from burns and smoke inhalation.  Ten year old Marcus was transported to Shriner's Hospital in Boston. The medical costs alone will be staggering. According to National Association of Insurance Commissioners, 
the average air ambulance trip is 52 miles and costs between $12,000 to $25,000 per flight.  Glenn's flight was 150 miles.

Glenn collapsed due to smoke inhalation trying to save their oldest son, Eric, who lived with Cerebral Palsy, intellectual disabilities, and was also blind.  Tragically, Eric did not survive the blaze.

Janet and Glenn are doing the Lord's work here on earth; their 10 children are all adopted. Six of the surviving children have serious health issues. You won't find more loving, genuine and caring people anywhere. I've known them for nearly 10 years and they are good, kind and decent. I'm in awe of Janet's strength and fortitude; the children are happy and engaging young people. To adopt one child with special needs is a huge commitment; 7 is incredible plus their 3 other wonderful young people.

All funds collected will be donated directly to the family to help with their considerable medical bills, Eric's funeral, and to restore their home.

On the evening of May 2, 2018, a tragic fire destroyed the home of our neighbor, Janet Broadbent, and her family. Janet and her husband have a large family  and several of their children are disabled. These are some of the kindest, most loving people you will meet. Any amount you care to give is greatly appreciated to help this family begin to rebuild their lives. Thank you.
+ Read More
5/31/18: Janet made the trip to Westchester Burn Unit to visit with her husband, Glenn, post op. While he's no longer on the critical list, he has a long road to recovery ahead. No discharge date yet. Due to the 3rd degree burns to his airway and lungs, Glenn needed a tracheotomy. Another surgery will follow to replace to his voice box.

Saturday marks a full month Glenn has been hospitalized. Imagine the expense.

Friends, if you've donated, we thank you sincerely. If you'd be so kind as to share via social media, the family would be so very grateful. This family has suffered tragic losses. Helping to alleviate as much of their financial burden as possible is our goal.

Thank you.
+ Read More
5/15/18-An update on Glenn: Due to the damage his lungs sustained while trying in vain to save his son, Eric, a tracheotomy was needed. It's doubtful Glenn will breathe normally again. Post-op he's battling fever and dangerously high blood pressure while his doctors and nurses work to regulate his pain medications. The road to a meaningful recovery is a long one for the issues Glenn faces. And he'll need continuous hospital care for the foreseeable future.

The hospital costs to date are staggering. The family wishes to express their profound gratitude for the generous gifts provided so far. The need is still great, however. If you haven't given, please consider helping this lovely family in their time of need. Any amount makes a difference. And if you can't give at this time, please share.

Thank you.
+ Read More
This evening (5/9), Marcus got new visitors; his brother and his niece. Those smiles say it all!

And it's looking like he won't need a skin graft, which is terrific news! This little man has been through enough.

Dad is still in the burn unit in Westchester and he remains intubated and in critical condition.

Please keep those good thoughts and prayers coming. And donations. Every bit helps. The family is starting over from scratch and there are so many needs plus medical bills. We thank each and every one of you for the gifts given so far and the shares. The family is truly touched by the outpouring of support. Bless you all. xx
Look at that smile!
+ Read More
Marcus is still in the hospital in Boston. His sister says he's missing his family in NY terribly. Some of his burns are not healing as well as doctors hoped so they're keeping a close eye on him to see if surgery will be needed. Say a prayer for this sweet little man and donate to help his family if you can. Thank you.
Marcus is mending but may need surgery
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update

$36,100 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 561 people in 2 months
Created May 2, 2018
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
John Somnitz
4 days ago
Elisabeth Street
9 days ago
20 days ago
Lauren Buttimer
20 days ago
Liam McMahan
23 days ago
Walter Agnew
1 month ago
Alec Ostrowidzki
1 month ago
1 month ago
Margaret Clark
1 month ago
Michael Schongar
1 month ago
Or, use your email…
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.