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Star 102.5 of Buffalo did a story about Ryan Lazo and his family. We truly appreciate the press. Thank you, Rob Lucas, for letting people in Buffalo know about the situation.

Also, a special thank you, Mary Best, the managing editor of The Bona Venture who worked with Ryan there, and Ryan Poole for spreading the awareness.

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Clothing Sizes for the Lazo Family

Many people asked questions regarding what clothing and shoe sizes the Lazo family wears. Here they are:

[Click here to read about what Hurricane Sandy did to the Lazo family]

Brother: Jonathan (6)

  • Shirt: Small
  • Jeans/Pants: 8
  • Sweatpants: Small
  • Shoe Size: No information yet

Brother: Brandon (15)

  • Shirt: Extra Large
  • Pants: Waist - 40, Length - 30/32
  • Shoe Size: 11

Mother: Dawn

  • Shirt: Large
  • Pants: 14
  • Shoe Size: 9.5

Father: Carlos

  • Shirt: Large
  • Pants: Waist - 36
  • Shoe Size: 8.5

Once again, all donations can be sent to:

Benefit for Lazo Family
PO Box 164
St. Bonaventure, N.Y. 14778

Or at Townhouse 25, Room 253, on campus

Electronic donation is possible through Community Bank N.A. under the name of “Benefit for Lazo Family” (Routing and Account # available at request)

Please email ( or call (949-533-4235) Tony Lee for additional questions, including how to help out.


Printable PDF to Download and Spread

Please download this PDF, and print it out to post it on your door, hallway, dorm common area, etc…

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Our Turn to Help Ryan Lazo, a St. Bonaventure University Student Impacted by Hurricane Sandy

Picture from Ryan Lazo, the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy of their home

Hurricane Sandy devastated many homes and families — including St. Bonaventure University’s own.

Ryan Lazo, a senior journalism and mass communication major, is from Rockaway in Queens, N.Y. — one of the first New York City areas to be impacted by Hurricane Sandy. 

The Lazo’s home in Rockaway began filling with water in the early evening hours. Their entire first floor was destroyed by the time the storm had passed, with water filling up as high as 10 feet inside the house. 

[Send a Tweet directly to Ryan to show your support!]

Ryan’s father, Carlos, owns The Last Stop Gourmet Shop, also located in Rockaway. This restaurant is the family’s main source of income, but Hurricane Sandy severely flooded the restaurant, too.

Ryan’s mom, Dawn, takes care of his two younger brothers, Brandon, 15, and Jonathan, 6. Both kids are actively involved in the Rockaway community through their little league baseball teams based out of Ft. Tilden Park. Jonathan is currently in first grade at St. Francis De Sales School in Belle Harbor, which had flooding and fire damage.

The Lazo’s share their home with his aunt, Jennifer Fischer, and her 2-year-old adopted son, Shane. Although Jennifer and Shane live in the upstairs bedroom, Shane’s toys were kept downstairs.

Ryan is not only involved on campus, but with the nearby community as well.

Since fall 2012, Ryan worked at WVTT, a local TV station in Olean. 

On campus, he is a co-editor in chief and the feature columnist on The Intrepid. He’s also a student ambassador in the admissions department, a peer coach and has been a member of the Orientation Team for the last two years. 

This website and fund was set up by couple of his roommates and his girlfriend. Ryan has always shared everything he owned with us, and his family let his girlfriend stay there this summer so she could work at her internship.

This is a time for the entire St. Bonaventure community to support an outstanding student and his family. Please help and give back to Ryan and his family.

It’s our time to help.

Picture of the Lazo family, left to right: Dawn, Carlos, Jonathan, Ryan, Brandon

Please mail in donations to:

Benefit for Lazo Family
PO Box 164
St. Bonaventure, N.Y. 14778

Or drop by Townhouse 25, Room 253, on campus

Electronic donations are possible through Community Bank N.A.
Please email ( or call (949-533-4235) Tony Lee for additional questions, including how to help out.

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Breezy Point, Queens looks forward after devastating fire following superstorm Sandy

Below is text from CBS News’ video: 

(CBS News) There is much more than water damage in New York City in the wake of superstorm Sandy. There was a devastating fire on the Rockaway Peninsula where much of a neighborhood burned down early Tuesday morning.

The blaze left 111 homes burned to the ground, 20 more were heavily damaged. Not a single building on Breezy Point, Queens, has been left unscathed - first by the storm surge that rolled in and battered the community and then by the fire that ravaged blocks and blocks of homes on the barrier island.

The six-alarm fire that tore through the tiny beach town was the wake-up call nobody wants to receive. Volunteer firefighter Danny McKeefrey rushed to the scene. His brother’s house was fully engulfed.

Both were among the 200 firefighters called into battle as the wind-whipped flames jumped from house to house.

Danny McKeefrey said, “Everything was on fire. Flames were 50 feet up in the air. Just taking everything out. There’s no stopping it.”

His mother, Joanne McKeefrey’s house was destroyed by the storm surge. It was on the opposite side of the island on Jamaica Bay and was still knocked off its foundation. Of Joanne McKeefrey’s eight children, four lost homes in Breezy Point, three by storm surge, one by fire.

Breezy Point is a close-knit neighborhood with many firefighters and police officers among its residents. Catherine Sullivan lived nearby in the Rockaways, another community that saw fire hopscotch from home to home.

Sullivan said, “Say your prayers for us. That’s what you can do, prayer. We are all devastated from this. I don’t have words to tell you, but I know we will come out of this.”

Breezy Point lost 37 residents in 9/11. More died next door in Bell Harbor a few months later when American Airlines Flight 587 crashed. But even with this latest tragedy, many told CBS News they are not leaving. They will rebuild.

Danny McKeefrey said, “My whole family lost everything, but we’ll figure it out. We have to. There is nowhere else to go.”

There were no serious injuries in the fire, but the fire is now being called among the worst in New York City history.