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    Immediate need for a Marine Family

    Immediate need for a Marine Family
    Lord, Father,
    We raise up the Blackleged family to you today, asking for both physical and emotional healing. Bring us together in Faith and service to be your hands and feet to meet this need. Lord empower the medical people in whatever way they need and convict our hearts to reach this family both with encouragement, love, prayer and support.
    We than you Lord for prospering us, financially and spiritually to be used by you in these times of need.
    Grant us favor and passion to reach your people who are in need.
    Comfort, now Father these children and the family who have rallied around them.


    Ladies and Gentlemen;

    The below information from Wayne Morris needs to be disseminated so everyone can have the opportunity to assist Col. Blackledge and his family.

    Certainly we can all help by including them in our prayers.


    Matt & Theresa:

    I realize this Email has been very difficult for you to put out to us, not only because you don't want to "impose on others," but the very reason and terrible loss you've suffered in this tragic event that occasions this update. That said, we thank you for sharing it with us and we are now opening a greatly expanded list of folks to the overall issue.

    We are heartened by the fact that the Wee-Ones are doing so much better even tho they have a rather long road to full recovery ahead of them.

    Our thoughts and prayers remain with you and your entire family.


    As have some of you open here, I've known Matt for many, many years and can assure you that he and his family are some fine folks. As you read thru his update, and the linked article, you'll quickly see what a tragedy this has truly been. I've been aware of the issue since just after it happened, and know a great deal about their "two girls" who perished in the blaze...their families...their aspirations...etc. "Tragic" does not even begin to address the situation!

    I realize times are tuff, but as with some other folks we've assisted over the years via our WAYMOR Inc network, this is a most worthy cause and any amount you may be able to spare will be most sincerely appreciated.

    And finally, as with other such requests, please give this Email the widest dissemination possible.

    Semper Fidelis,

    Wayne V. Morris
    Col USMC (Ret)
    WAYMOR Inc

    When You Want To Know Way More About Military Veteran Related Issues...Come On Board With WAYMOR Inc

    -----Original Message-----
    Family and friends:

    Many have asked via phone and e-mail how you can help us deal with this family tragedy. We have also promised you an update on the children. The best way you can help is to assist us in caring for the children who lost their mothers.

    As many of you already know, our daughters, Jayme Lowenberg (28) and Michelle Gonzalez (25), died as a result of a fast moving fire in Jayme's home in Jamesburg, New Jersey in the early hours of July 3rd. They gave up their lives saving their three children Alyssa Gonzalez (2), Adam Gonzalez (10 mos.) and Derek Lowenberg (10 mos.).

    The fire occurred shortly after midnight on 3 Jul. Due to the fast-moving nature of the fire, Jayme and Michelle could not get from the second floor to the exits with the children and had to retreat to the attic. Jayme lowered Derek to one of the first individuals on the scene from an attic window; she then fell from the window and died at the scene. No one knew Michelle and the other children were in the house. After the fire was extinguished, the firefighters discovered them in the house on the stairs to the attic. Michelle shielded both her children from the flames by tucking them under her. She never regained consciousness and did not survive her injuries; she died on 7 Jul. Both sisters were buried together at Franklin Memorial Park in North Brunswick, New Jersey on 9 Jul.

    All 3 children suffered varying degrees of smoke inhalation and burns. They were stabilized at a local hospital on 3 Jul are were transported and admitted to Saint Barnabas Memorial Hospital in Livingston, New Jersey on 4 Jul. All were placed on ventilators (intubated and sedated) for several days due to inhalation of hot smoke from the fire.

    Derek: Admitted to Pediatric ICU. Smoke inhalation and 2d degree burns to his neck. He was discharged on 13 Jul.
    Adam: Admitted to Pediatric ICU. Smoke inhalation but no burns. He was discharged on 14 Jul.
    Alyssa: Admitted to Burn ICU via air medevac due to burns. Smoke inhalation, minor burns to right hand, second degree burns to her left ear, second and third degree burns to her left hand and arm. She is scheduled for skin graft surgery on 19 Jul to repair 3d degree burns to a significant portion of her left forearm, elbow and upper arm. She is expected to remain at St. Barnabas until sometime the week of 26 Jul.

    Follow up care:

    Burns are not a significant issue for the boys but both will require follow up care by pediatricians for some time for any respiratory issues and any developmental issues that may result from smoke inhalation.

    Although Alyssa appears to have suffered less effects from smoke inhalation, she will require follow up outpatient and home care in coordination with a burn center in Northern Virginia (To Be Determined) over the next several months for issues related to her burns, including blood clot concerns.

    We have set up a fund in the children's name at USAA Bank to help with immediate expenses as well as their education. The following information is provided for those who wish to contribute:

    Make checks payable to "The Gonzalez and Lowenberg Children Fund"

    Mail checks to:
    The Gonzalez and Lowenberg Children Fund c/o Rosie Rose
    17861 Meadow Drive
    Bridgeville, DE 19933

    This is a news article about the fire:

    We thank everyone for their prayers, e-mails and phone calls of support and will ensure that the children remember the sacrifices made by their mothers.

    Semper Fi

    Matt Blackledge
    Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

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    God bless you and the family. I will certainly keep them in my prayers. That is about all I can do for now unfortunately.

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    Prayers out bound, God Bless All

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