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Fundraiser started for Vista East nurse who lost her Waukegan home in a fire

Waukegan resident and nurse Lindsay Strezo, who is holding the “stay” card on the front left, lost her home to a fire on March 1. | Provided Photo.

Co-workers at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan are coming together to raise money with the community’s help for a nurse who lost her Waukegan home in a fire last week.

A GoFundMe account was started by Aeron Ignacio, who is a nurse at Vista East, for his fellow co-worker Lindsay Strezo.

Strezo suffered several setbacks this year, one of which included a car accident where her dogs were killed and her car was totaled.

On March 1, her home in Waukegan caught on fire.

The fire, believed to be accidental in nature, left Strezo without a place to live. She and her animals escaped the blaze without injury.

“Lindsay is a nurse with an amazing kind soul. She’s the type of nurse that will take an extra minute to comfort a crying patient and walks into every room with a smile on her face,” Ignacio said.

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“She is currently in the process of looking for a new place to stay as soon as possible. We wish to help alleviate some of the stress and anxiety. Any donation is greatly appreciated,” Ignacio added in the GoFundMe post.

Leslie Gomez, who is another one of Strezo’s co-workers, told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that Strezo is an “amazing nurse.”

“She’s an amazing nurse that has given countless hours to fighting this pandemic. We are really trying to help her out as much as possible.”

The fundraiser has already collected $3,000 since Thursday and has a $10,000 goal.