Eric Smith's Medical Fund

Eric (age 47) is a husband, father of two, and small business owner.  He suffered a massive stroke on November 20, 2017.  While the initial prognosis was hopeful, Eric has, while in the hospital, since suffered several more strokes—severely extending the length and severity of his disability.  At present, Eric is in a coma, struggling to regain consciousness. 

He is, at present and assuming he wakes from the coma, looking at several years of rehabilitation to regain as much of his lost movement, speech and cognitive function as possible.

As you might imagine, this event has left Eric unable to work.  Further, Eric’s condition necessitates care from his family, primarily his wife—which has limited her ability to earn income.  He is unable, even, to apply for Social Security until December of 2018 (a process that, even then, takes a great deal of time to resolve, and may not be resolved until he meets an age threshold of 50).  

In addition, because he is self-employed, Eric does not qualify for unemployment insurance--a tragic situation which leaves his family, which includes both daughters in post-secondary training (one in college and one attending trade school), without its two primary income earners. 

Eric has always been a dutiful husband and father and has lived life within his means.  However, his family is now, in spite of their medical insurance, facing severe financial hardship—paying for college, major medical bills, insurance premiums, etc. and really, really needs your help.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Rachael Winters 
Salem, OR
Cheryl Smith 
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