Fire survivor's 'Angel Network' giving back to community

July 06, 2017 07:38 PM

An arson in May 2013 claimed the lives of a dad and his three children in Schenectady. A fourth child, 9-year-old Sa’fyre Terry, survived, but she endured burns to over 75 percent of her body.

Her struggle to survive touched people worldwide at Christmas in 2015. A request for Christmas cards went viral, bringing cards from around the world.

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Now, Sa’fyre’s giving back through Sa’fyre’s Angel Network. NewsChannel 13 told you about the project when it launched earlier this month. About 100 families affected by fire have been helped. However, there's more work to do.

Kids, a swimming pool and laughter. What could be more summer than this? However, it's not all fun and games. Sa’fyre Terry, who defied death after suffering burns to most of her body, has a big goal on her mind and work ahead.

"I'm going to be a doctor that helps people," she explained. "Because the doctors helped me when I was burned."

The unsolved arson that killed her father and siblings, leaving her severely scarred happened more than four years ago. However, from that tragedy grew a desire to help others who have endured the capricious ravages of fire, so her Aunt Liz Dolder -- turned mom, as Sa’fyre's biological mom is behind bars, created Sa’fyre's Angel Network. Dolder says they've helped about 100 families over the past year -- all by referral -- families affected by fire. Sa’fyre's involved in all the decisions.

A trailer is filled with goods that have been donated to Sa’fyre over the years since she suffered such severe burns. While the Angel Network tries to get this stuff donated to others who have been affected by fire, many times what's in there is not what those folks need. That's why they're raising the money through the sale of the hats.

Sa’fyre’s Angel Network recently partnered with the local company, Twill, which creates products to raise funds to help others.

"The reason why we partnered with Sa’fyre is because she embodied everything that Twill stands for and we stand for the fact of giving back locally and for inspiration," noted Jer Halloran with Twill.

So 25 percent of every hat sold goes to the Sa’fyre’s Angel Network. The goal is to sell 1,000 hats.

"We’re angels. We do things behind people’s back. We don’t want to be seen, we don’t want to be patted on the back. We do it because we want to do it," affirmed Dolder.

Jer Halloran and his brother, Zac, are the founders of the Albany-based, Twill. The hats are sold online for $25.

More information:

Sa'fyre Terry Survivor Snapbacks


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