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The Grandson's of Esta Johnson want to raise money to help her rebuild her life and home after a fire, which took their father, her son Mike

I am writing this on behalf of my sons Jack (10) and Jake (8) Betz, and in memory of my ex husband Mike Betz. Their Grandma's condo caught on fire on the NW side of Chicago on 3-10-2012. It was all over the news the day it happened. She was helped down on the firetruck ladder from her 5th floor balcony. Mike made sure she got out to the balcony and then went back in for the cat and he succumbed to the smoke while trying. But he loved Missy very much. She was begging him not to go back for the cat, from the balcony. She even went back in and tried to pull him out, that is how she got burns in the fire.
Dad had just been diagnosed with lung cancer in January of 2012. Dad had moved in with Grandma in May of 2008 to help Grandma take care of her terminally ill husband. Grandma and Dad cared for Gene at home, until the end of his life in 4-10-2010. The last couple of of years had been really rough on her (and Dad)..
Now, not only has she lost her son, but she has lost everything in her condo. Her condo that she swore she would never sell because "that was hers and Gene's". She was just about getting out of mourning for Gene and now this happened. We are so afraid for her once she realizes all that she has truly lost. She is still recovering in ICU and is improving daily physically, we are more worried about her mental state. We love her so much! She never hesitated to help any of her family when we were in need. And did many. many times. Now, we need to do whatever we can to help her in her time of need. Please pray for our family as we try to recover from this devastating tragedy. Please donate to our Help Our Grandma fund raiser. If you would prefer to mail a check, you may do so in Esta Johnsons name and send to: Esta Johnson Fund, c/o Mary, Jack and Jake Betz 48 W. Cunningham, Palatine, Il 60067.
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