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This is the Hope for Erica Jackson's ALS Fund. The funds will be used for Erica's medical and related expenses not covered by insurance.

It was both shocking and heartbreaking when my sister Erica was diagnosed on July 17, 2011 with (ALS), Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease.

She had always enjoyed traveling the world and making new friends, after all she had dreams just like any 36 year old. But now, sadly they are basic goals of survival. Like not choking when she eats or drinks or making sure her breathing equipment is clean to avoid catching pneumonia like she did in July of 2011. And no young person should have to worry about bedsores, but if it took out Superman (Christopher Reeves) then this Wonder Woman will have to be fighting it all the way.

So what is ALS? Well,it's a progressive and fatal, neurodegenerative disease with most the affected patients dying of respiratory compromise and pneumonia after 1 to 3 years after diagnosis. This disorder causes muscle weakness and atrophy throughout the body. Erica has an aggressive form where she can no longer walk, sit up, feed herself or go out to an event without having an oxygen tank and a caregiver at her side.

Our family has always rallied around those loved ones who were sick in our family and Erica is so loved. We are the "Three Musketeers". But with the high costs of medications, medical equipment such as a mobility van to get her to and from her appointments, along with a hoyer lift, bi-pap and oxygen converter machine, an electric bed and electric wheelchair, just to name a few. And the increasing high cost of caregiving, it has been a huge financial challenge for us over the course of almost two years.

We will always be committed to finding the cure for ALS and managing Erica's health needs until then. But we are asking for donations to help defray these medical costs for her care. We appreciate whatever amount you decide to give and thank you for your support.

Erica, wants to give you a BIG and Special thank you! It really means so much to her and to us to know that there is someone out there who truly cares about their fellow man (or woman).

God bless you and keep you!!!
The Jackson Family - Erica, Charon and Pamela
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