Friends of Alexa Limato’s, a young woman who sustained extensive injury in a house fire at her Couch Street apartment on Sept. 20, held and event to raise money for her medical expenses.
Friends came together for a night of music and dance in support of Alexa Limato who was seriously injured in a Sept. 20 house fire on Couch Street. The event “Help Alexa Heal” was held Sept. 26 at the Green Room and raised more than $3,000 that went directly to Limato and her family.
“We stayed up till almost 4 in the morning counting the money and it was just amazing to see how much people, even people who don’t know Alexa, thought to give to help her,” said Limato’s friend and one of the event organizers, Laura Colon. “People gave between $1 and $60 at a time.”
Colon said it was moving to see people who had been affected by the fire come out for Limato.
“One of the firefighters who carried Alexa out of the house came to the party earlier in the night with other firefighters, and Alexa’s downstairs neighbor came and donated $100,” Colon said. “I know it would mean a lot to Alexa that people came out for her.”
Limato, a psychology student at Plattsburgh State University, is being treated at a hospital burn unit in Syracuse. Limato was one of 11 who were displaced due to the fire. Limato sustained major injuries when she was trapped in her third floor apartment and had to be rescued by firefighters.
On the website dedicated to Limato’s recovery, a family member posted an update reading, “We are beyond relieved to report that Alexa has come off of the respirator and is breathing on her own with the help of oxygen. She is fully aware of the events that took place on Sept. 20 and with her usual grace and courage is apologizing for inconveniencing everyone, thanking us all for being there, asking us if we are okay and if anyone else was hurt, she is an unbelievable inspiration and I am so proud to be her aunt.”
The post went on to say Limato will undergo major surgery next week and has a very long way to go in healing her lungs and burns.
With a large amount of students willing to help and donate time, The Green Room provided a place to show their support for the young woman. Chris Dumont, owner of the Green Room, said he wanted to hold the event to show support for Limato. Dumont has a personal connection to Limato as her boyfriend, Brian Carroll, is a bouncer at the Green Room.
“My heart was broken when I saw Alexa that night,” Dumont said. “Brian is like a little brother to me. There is no way I could stand by and do nothing; I wish I could do more.”
Dumont said five disc jockey’s, including Skippy, XXX and Fancy Music, volunteered their time, friends of Limato’s decorated the venue in her favorite color, purple, and they set up a table where people made donations to Limato’s family and could get bracelets and purple beads by making a donation.
Colon said 20 of Limato’s friends wore tie-dyed T-shirts that read “Help Alexa Heal.” Limato’s friends wanted to reflect her free spirit and playful nature through the event.
“The money raised will be used however her family wants to use it,” Dumont said. “Medical expenses, travel, food, lodgings wherever it is needed.”
Caroll wrote in an email that the outpouring of support from Limato’s friends has been a comfort to his girlfriend’s family.
“Her mother broke down in tears when I told her the place where I work wanted to do a fundraiser,” Caroll wrote. “She’s amazed by the sense of camaraderie and sense of community concern for her daughter.”
Colon said the event was a major success and couldn’t have done it without the support of both Limato’s friends and community members.
“We would love to thank everyone who not only came out to the event and supported Alexa but people are still calling about how to give for Alexa, it’s nice for her to see while she’s healing how many people are there for her during this time,” Colon said.
As of Oct. 1, the website had generated $10,851 of the desired goal of raising $25,000.
To make a donation visit http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-alexa-heal/90054. People are asked to make checks payable to Susan Limato.