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Eric L. Summers

$67,565 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 954 people in 19 months
Created June 26, 2017
Hernando Umana
on behalf of Alfreda Wilbon
Family, chosen family, friends...

In the last week our incredible friend Eric L. Summers was admitted into the hospital with Cancer- multiple myeloma. I saw him a few days ago and he was his vibrant, shady, loving self but it seems its taken a turn since then. He started chemotherapy which of course has drained his body. Pneumonia hit this past weekend, his white cells have depleted and his breathing has become labored. Thankfully, the hard work of his loving doctors have proved to be aiding in his healing process. The pneumonia has become less severe, Eric has been able to acknowledge his family in his hospital room, and will hopefully begin receiving visitors again soon. He has incredible doctors by his side and even better his mom and brothers. Now he needs us.

He's taken a leave from Kinky Boots, his mom has taken a leave from her job and her every day life in St. Louis, and one of his brothers is moving to NY from STL after Eric leaves the hospital to aid in his care full time. This is a huge financial burden. Rent, food for him and his family, transportation to and from hospital and rehab appointments, his gorgeous dog (Niko), and of course all the medical bills. I know he is loved by so many of you and if you could make even the smallest donation it would help tremendously. If theres one thing I know about this man is if someone needed your back he would be the first one there.

There are a few wonderful people that will be updating all of you with his recovery, but we will keep most, if not all updates, directly from his mother. We are all sending so much love, energy and prayer his way.
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Update 7
Posted by Hernando Umana
18 months ago
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Hi family! This is an update from Eric:

Thank you all from the very bottom of my heart! The words, the gifts, the prayer, the support, the LOVE-it means the world to me.

Good news- I am FINALLY out of the hospital. But the battle is far from over. So I'm home resting and taking it very easy as I continue chemo. Just wanted to say thank you as I continue to get well!!!
With all the love I have
Eric
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Update 6
Posted by Hernando Umana
18 months ago
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Hi friends and family! Rebecca Covington Webber, again:-)

Just a quick update to let you all know that Eric is doing AMAZING! He continues to progress by leaps and bounds! He has been walking on a walker for multiple periods of time during the day, and doing multiple daily sessions with his physical therapist! He is eating well, he is breathing much better, and he spends his entire day working with different specialists that are pushing him to get better every single day!

He is healing in mind, body, and spirit and is soaking in all the outpouring of love, prayer, and good energy coming his way. His rest is still very vital as he is pushing himself really hard physically during the day times, so he is still not accepting visitors, but he hopes to be able to receive friends and family very soon!


Much love

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Update 5
Posted by Hernando Umana
18 months ago
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Hi all, Rebecca Covington Webber again:-)

Eric is doing so much better- it's truly incredible! His mom said he ate breakfast this morning and he was able to sit up in a chair today. His voice is getting stronger and she said he is making more demands- which is a good sign:-)

We have gotten a lot of questions about visitors- his mom is going to devise a plan on Monday, which we will share, about visiting days and hours. Even when the doctor allows him to have visitors, we have to be very deliberate and careful not to overwhelm him with a solid stream of people in and out- his rest is still very vital to his recovery.

Thank you again for all you have done and all that you are doing- everything helps- everything large and small adds up to something enormous that is bigger than each of us! Have an amazing holiday weekend and, as always, continue to keep Eric and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Much Love
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Update 4
Posted by Hernando Umana
19 months ago
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Hi all! This is Rebecca Covington Webber again!

Eric is doing so much better- he was able to sit up for 2 hours yesterday, which is INCREDIBLE! Mrs. Alfreda (Eric's mom) believes he will be moved from critical care very soon! What a difference one week and a lot of love can make!

He is still not able to have visitors for at least the remainder of this week, he needs every bit of rest. Even just the mundane tasks wear him out very quickly- he was exhausted after sitting up for 2 hours yesterday- so she is asking him to use all of his energy for his healing:-)

Thank you to everyone, again, this community showing up has been such an overwhelming blessing!

Much love
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Raised by 954 people in 19 months
Created June 26, 2017
Hernando Umana
on behalf of Alfreda Wilbon
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