The Ewart family continues on their road to recovery after the devastating fire that destroyed their Valencia home on December 20, 2005. Six family members were in the house at the time, three were seriously injured and sent to the Grossman Burn Center. David and Michael Ewart were in the most serious condition. David was the final family member to be released from the Grossman Burn Center, weeks after the fire. Since the fire, Santa Clarita has jumped in to assist as the Ewart’s recover. This is the latest update courtesy of neighbors, Josy and Steve Block.
Michael was a little tentative at first, but ended up climbing on the ropes course, swimming, racing around the go-kart track and even playing softball. It was really amazing to see him climb up to the top of a telephone pole, balance himself up at the top and then jump off (on a harness with a zip-line). The entire time he had not only us, but also Chris, Brian, and his 6-year old shadow, Vitali, cheering him on. Vitali is the grandson of Helena – camp nurse and head nurse at the Grossman Burn Center. He attached himself to Michael on the first day and never let go until we were driving home!!!! As great as the ropes course was, Jacqui's favorite moment was watching Michael play softball for the first time. He did awesome. He fielded the ball – tagged someone out, pitched, and even had a perfect bunt that surprised everyone – especially Fred who was pitching against him. He had a great check-swing hit also, but hurt himself a little when he tried to attempt a full swing the next time up at bat. Once again he had his buddies cheering him on. They (Chris & Brian) are really both remarkable young men. All in all it was a great experience for the family, but especially for Michael.
Words cannot express the thanks for having such pillars of society beside you when you need them most. Their devotion is worthy of commendation!