Thousands raised for woman battling flesh-eating bacteria

Hundreds opened up their hearts and their wallets Saturday night to help a Gwinnett police officer whose wife is battling a flesh-eating bacteria.
For Officer David Martinez, the Bringing Cindy Home fundraiser, which included a classic car competition and raffle, was a brief respite from challenges of caring for his two children and wife Cindy, a Marine veteran.

The goal for the event was to help raise money to renovate the family's home to make it accessible for her when she returns from the hospital. The family also has a gofundme account setup. As of Sunday afternoon, the online fundraising page had collected more than $91,000 in donations.

Friday, David said Cindy underwent additional amputation surgery from flesh-eating bacteria. Both of her legs have now been amputated below the knee and her right arm to above the elbow.

Doctors also removed the fingers on Cindy's left hand. Doctors are still unclear how she contracted the bacteria.

David Martinez, also a Marine, was immensely grateful for the generosity of friends and strangers who showed up in support. More than $12,600 was raised.

If you would like to help the family, you can reach them by email at