The nursing community has set up a fund to help the families of five women who were killed in a fiery crash on the San Mateo Bridge this month as they headed to a bridal party in Foster City.
The California Nurses Association and National Nurses United have established the CNA Nursing Angels Family Fund to which anyone can make a donation to benefit the families of the women who died while celebrating the marriage of Neriza Fojas, 31, of Monterey.
The former Bay Area resident was a nurse at the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.
The five women were killed when a fire erupted in the back of the limo carrying nine women from Alameda to a hotel in Foster City.
Those killed in the blaze were Fojas; Jennifer Balon, 39, of Dublin; Anna Alcantara, 46, of San Lorenzo; Michelle Estrera, 35, of Fresno; and Felomina Geronga, 43, of Alameda.
The survivors of the fire are Jasmin Deguia, 34, of San Jose; Mary Guardiano, 42, of Alameda; Nelia Arellano, 36, of Oakland; and Amalia Loyola, 48, of San Leandro.
Eight of the nine women were current or former employees at the Fruitvale Health Care Center in Oakland. Balon and Alcantara, who has two children, Andrei, 14, and Arianna, 8, were still working at the health center at the time of their deaths.
Alcantara’s husband, Abner, a postal carrier, shared his appreciation of the nursing community.
“Thank you to all the nurses for all your support, all your prayers,” he said in a statement released by the association Monday.
Donations can be made at calnurses.org or by calling (510) 273-2200.
The Alameda school community is also stepping up with funds established at two schools where Geronga’s son and daughter are enrolled.
The website to make donations to that fund is at www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/p5c2/aclclimomemorialfundraiser.