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Fundraiser for Couch Street fire victim brings in community support

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 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.

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Alexa Limato

— 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.

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