Anyone who knows Eric, knows that music (and all things Disney) is "in his blood". On Jan 29, 2015, he received the shocking news that there also was cancer in his blood. He had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, treated it successfully with intensive inpatient chemo, followed by 2.5 years of outpatient chemo, and thought he was cured. In March 2018, a new challenge emerged - Myelodysplastic Syndrome, known as MDS, which actually was caused by the previous chemo, and only treatable with a bone marrow transplant. Eric remains steadfast in his fight to overcome this new obstacle.
Eric is a husband and active father of Katie(16) and Will(13). Prior to this diagnosis, he was a band teacher at Cary Academy where he touched the lives of so many during the past 21 years, and church music director. He will be undergoing a bone marrow transplant in June and will be in the hospital for at least a month followed by another month in a hotel near UNC to be able to receive the special care he needs. His wife, Marianne, also will be in isolation as his primary caregiver. Eric is the sole income earner for his family and will not be able to work for at least a year. This has placed an even greater strain on the family. In order to help with this additional burden, we are starting this GoFundMe campaign. We welcome any assistance you can provide.
It is not easy to ask for help, but support and encouragement from the community have carried them through. Marianne has made a list of primary needs for their family this summer as Eric undergoes treatment. Please go to the Planner in the “Ways to Help” section (heart in hand icon) at the bottom of the home page of Eric’s Caring Bridge Site,https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/ericgrush
, for details. Please note that donations made by clicking on the “Donate to CaringBridge” button do NOT go to the Grush family but to the non-profit CaringBridge site to run this service.
If you would like to make a monetary donation to the family, please do so through this GoFundMe site or contact the family directly.
All prayers and acts of kindness are greatly appreciated as we support Eric's fight to get healthy and return to his family as soon as possible.