By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

May 14, 2013

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – As investigators continue to probe why a stretch limousine carrying nine Filipino women burst into flames along San Mateo Bridge last May 4, nurses groups all over the country have offered to extend assistance to the victims, most of whom are nurses, and their families.

The Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc. (PNAA) has issued this statement: “Our Our thoughts and prayers go to the families of Michelle Estrera, Anna Alcantara, Neriza Fojas, Jennifer Balon, and Felomina Geronga. As fellow Filipino American nurses, we sympathize with your loss and extend our hands in support. We also pray for the full recovery of those who survived – Mary Guardiano Jasmine Desguia, Nelia Arrellano, and Amalia Loyola.”

PNAA’s local chapters, PNA Northern California and PNA Central California, have already reached out to assist the families and are planning to hold memorial services.

PNAA said it supports the thorough investigation of the tragedy by authorities and strongly advocates safety standards to be followed by limousine companies and operators of its vehicles.

Meantime, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, the largest union of registered nurses in the country, has established the CNA Nursing Angels Family Fund to help the victims and their families.

“The five were committed caregivers, loyal friends and loving mothers who dedicated their professional lives to the lives of others every day in our hospitals and clinics,” said CAN Co-President Zenei Cortez, “what better way to commemorate National Nurses Week, that offers recognition and tribute for nurses and these women who cared for the patients and each other, than to contribute to this fund to support the families in their hour of pain and grieving. “

Those interested in donating may visit the California Nurses Association website ( or call (510) 273-2200 for more details.

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