'Amanda Strong': friends raise money for fire victim

Amanda Strong: Friends help fire victim

TOPSHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Friends and even strangers in the Topsham area are coming together in support of a woman who lost her home and several pets to a fire last week.

Amanda Wrobel is currently in a medically-induced coma with severe burns she suffered as a result of the fire.

In just a matter of seven days, her friends have rallied around her. They say they are now “Amanda Strong.”

“She's a dog whisperer, so she obviously loves animals,” said Jon Spelke, a veterinarian at the Androscoggin Animal Hospital and a coworker of Amanda Wrobel. “From what we've seen, she just touched so many people. She'll do anything for any pet and any person.”

“We've done a lot of things … lots of crazy adventures together,” said her friend and coworker Lily Fortin. “I've been doing a lot of reminiscing. Looked at a lot of pictures.”

Amanda is currently in a medically-induced coma with burns on 40 percent of her body, because of a fire at her home one week ago.

“Shocking,” Spelke said. “Sort of couldn't believe that it happened to someone so close to us. That's been … it's obviously been a hard week for us.”

Amanda lost multiple dogs in the fire and was badly injured when she went back inside to save some more animals from the blaze.

“I'm pretty worried about her,” said 8-year-old William Berberich, whose mom works with Amanda. “Yesterday, I heard that she isn't in critical condition anymore and I was a little relieved.”

Her coworkers are taking their love for pets and Amanda and putting it to good use.

Fortin said the response “was so quick … the outpouring of love and support for Amanda and for all of us.”

A yard sale, a bake sale, a Facebook page, t-shirts, bracelets and more — all to raise money towards Amanda's medical bills.

They all have one special saying: Amanda Strong.

“I think it means that people are trying to be strong and get through it and keep saying 'It's going to be fine! It's going to be fine!'” Berberich said.

Though Amanda is in a coma and doesn't know of the support she is receiving, Fortin said you “sort of just hope that she knows that no matter what, we all love her.”

If you want to help with Amanda’s cause, friends and neighbors have set up a GoFundMe page.

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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