Dear Family and Friends,
On the morning of September 6, 2013, my close friend and fellow West Orange Firefighter Omar Guzman, lost his wife Danielle, suddenly to a massive brain aneurysm. News of the tragedy spread quickly as our Tour was on duty, while disbelief and shock were immediately felt throughout our department. The ensuing days reminded me why becoming a firefighter is amongst the best decisions I have ever made and validated the age old adage of "Brotherhood".
Omar and Danielle, along with their two beautiful young boys, Alejandro and Adrian, made their home in Union, NJ. In the days following Danielle's passing, The Guzman Family would grow in droves, as family and friends from both near and far seemed to take up residency at their brick faced Cape Cod on Lillian Terrace. The outpouring of Love and Support was truly a sight to behold and at the forefront were The Guzman's extended Family at the West Orange Fire Department. For those of us who knew "Dani", as Omar affectionately referred to her, this came as no surprise.
Danielle was a nurse by trade, but her true life's calling was the dedication and Love she had for her Family. Ever apparent was the devotion Danielle and Omar shared for each other and their sons. Cultivating an environment based on Love and Faith, each possessed a tireless work ethic, ensuring Alejandro and Adrian would be afforded every opportunity made to their avail. Watching them parent, the Love and guidance they showered Alejandro and Adrian with, was inspiring. The abrupt void left by the loss of such a beautiful Wife and Mother, devastating.
As the days grew into weeks, and the weeks into months, life's daily demands ultimately prevented many of us in the Guzman's extended Family from maintaining that initial presence. In an effort to ensure Danielle's legacy is a lasting one, I have chosen to honor her name with this charity. September will mark the seven year anniversary of Danielle's passing. Last September, in no small coincidence, Congress passed a bill designating September as National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month. While her time here with many of us was far too brief, especially that of Omar, Alejandro and Adrian, I hope you will join me in preserving her memory and raising awareness in support of The Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
I'm now fundraising for this cause and I hope I can count on you to make a donation so that I can help them fulfill their mission. Please visit their www.bafound.org for more information.
Giving is very easy. Simply copy and paste the following link to your browser:
Making a tax-deductible donation online makes supporting The Brain Aneurysm Foundation quick and easy; however, if you would prefer, you can send your contribution to the address listed below.
To mail in a donation: Make all checks payable to: WOFD Local 28 - The Brain Aneurysm Foundation
Mail to: Steve Ameli, 30 Delmore Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ, 07922
Your tax-deductible gift makes a difference to improving the lives of those affected by brain aneurysms. Whatever you can give will help - it all adds up!
I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress.
West Orange Fire Department
Dear Friends and Family,
Three years ago my good friend and brother in blue Stephen Ameli started the Danielle Lebron-Guzman Golf Outing in honor of my late wife Danielle. My family was touched in so many ways by this act of kindness and brotherhood. I am forever grateful for his frienship .Due to his efforts and and those of many sponsors over the past 2 years we were able to raise over $21,000 to go towards the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. I ask all of you to join us on October 21,2016 to celebrate her and to continue helping others in her memory. We have been able to meet some amazing people that have dedicated their lives to creating awarness for aneurysms and also helping develope new drugs to treat them. With your efforts we can continue to help people detect warning signs early and beat this silent killer. I look forward to seeing you out there on the course in what is to be a great day in celebrating the life that Danielle brought to all of us!