Our Supporters/Our Stories

Our supporters are an integral part of Fire Family Foundation because together we can make a difference and help firefighters and victims of tragedies. Your contribution benefits not just individuals but families and communities at large. Your donation matters. If you prefer, your donation can be anonymous.

Donor Roll Call of Names

Please consider making a donation to Fire Family Foundation in honor of someone special. When making a Tribute Donation, if you would like the honoree to be notified, please provide their mailing information. Honorees will receive a list of those who have donated in their honor. Donation amounts will not be included.

Read how Fire Family Foundation has reacted with compassion:

Helping Firefighters Heal Program

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After spending hours and weeks battling the devastating fires that blazed through Northern California last month, 32 firefighters discovered at the end of the day, they had no place to go. Their homes were destroyed, eaten by the same fire they were fighting. Fire Family Foundation has joined with Oakland Firefighters Random Acts (OFRA) to create the Helping Firefighters Heal Fund. Funds raised will be 100% dedicated to those firefighters and their families as they start the long, difficult process of recovery.

From Dan McCabe, Oakland Firefighters Random Acts: "Thank you Fire Family Foundation you are awesome!!!!Thank you Hayward Fire and Oakland Fire you are all the best. Firefighters Matt and Arryn McCabe and Jody Galvan were the recipients of your generosity and warm friendship this weekend. From all the firefighters and our families here in the middle of the Valley Fire, we thank you!"

Middletown Relief Fund

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Fire Family Foundation in partnership with the California Credit Union League, has established the Middletown Relief Fund to support both firefighters and fire victims. The Foundation promises that 100% of funds received will help those firefighters who have been injured and their families, along with fire victims who have lost everything not just in Middletown but the Lake County area. Recently, the Foundation picked up the tab for a holiday Christmas party with Santa and toys for all Middletown youth as well as supplied new sports equipment and uniforms for local football, baseball and soccer teams.

The Blake Family

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Cal Fire Firefighter Misty and husband U.S. Forest Service Firefighter Jeremy Blake live in Atascadero, with two children with medical issues. Four-year-old Annie was diagnosed with leukemia and began a lengthy treatment process with doctors in Santa Barbara. In addition, 2-year-old Ben had a recent surgery for hypospadias and chorded and has multiple follow-up procedures/appointments at his doctor in Palo Alto.

Misty and Jeremey will miss months of employment to care for their children; scheduling and traveling hundreds of miles weekly for appointments will be a logistical endeavor. The Foundation is proud to help cover medical costs not covered by insurance, a loss of work and gas expenses.

Damien Pereira

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Cal Fire Firefighter Damien Pereira was critically injured during a wildland fire; Pereira was struck and trapped beneath an 18' limb of a larger branch that fell from an oak tree with no warning.

Pereira, age 27, received life threatening injuries to his spine, lungs and upper body and was flown to an area Trauma Center where he underwent two extensive surgeries to decompress, stabilize and remove damaged vertebrae. After hospitalization, Damien was transferred for inpatient rehabilitation where he continues to show much improvement.

Damien is married and has a 2-year-old son, Grayson. Hardships will be both financial and emotional as Damien's wife Klara reduced her work hours to care for her husband. The Foundation assists the Pereira family with the financial challenges they face during extended rehabilitation.

Message from Damien's wife Klara:

"I am beyond grateful for all of the prayers, support, and donations made on my husband and our family's behalf. This has allowed me to focus all of my attention on my family. I am able to be an active part of my husband's recovery. Thank you for making that a possibility. We are blessed to be surrounded by such a large community."

Message from Damien's mother Cindy: "This is the most amazing group of people! I have witnessed first-hand all the love and support for my son Damien his wife Klara and my grandson Grayson they have given us. Thank you from the bottom of this firefighter's momma's heart."

The Overby Family

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The Overby family – with mom Brandy and dad Ryan, a firefighter with the Chevron Fire Department – has braved many medical troubles and heartbreaking physical ailments through the years: Ryan endured 7 years of treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Brandy's breast cancer diagnosis along with an auto immune disease coupled with Lupus. Even though they were told it would be impossible to have children, the Overbys persevered with healthy daughters Sloane and Capri. Soon after Capri was born, Brandy's cancer returned; she underwent a double mastectomy, months of chemo and weeks of radiation.

Recently, Brandy was told the cancer had spread to her liver and she enrolled in clinical trial treatments to fight for her life and her family's future. The Overby Family Fund will support this fire family by covering medical expenses not covered by insurance, plus taking care of transportation costs and necessary household items.

Sharing Stories: How We've Helped

Share your Story - Tell us how Fire Family Foundation helped you. You can share your name and email, or tell us if you want your story anonymous. Your story may be featured on our website or email blasts.

Please email your story in 5,000 characters or less (include a photo if you'd like) to: Info@FireFamilyFoundation.org. Send us a message on how we've helped you!

Fire Family Foundation is proud to partner with organizations to assist those in need:

African American Firefighters Museum
California Credit Union League
Hope Crisis Response Network
Firefighter Cancer Support Network
Jericho Road
Los Angeles Women in Fire Service
Lucas Oil
Oakland Firefighters Random Acts

The charitable hand of Firefighters First Credit Union

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