Tasha’s Emergency Relief Fund

I met Tasha when I was teaching first grade in East Cleveland. I was her daughter’s teacher. Everyday that winter I had noticed her four children trudging almost a mile to school in the snow. If you know anything about East Cleveland, you would know they have hardly any snow plows and no salt. It was at winter conferences that I offered, against the advice of many, to pick up her kids and take them home.  That decision led us down I path neither of us could have imagined. 

Tasha was born with one kidney. She found this out when the other one began to fail. Before she was 30, raising four children on her own (with the help of her amazing mother) she has seen more medical treatments than anyone of us may see in a life time. She is small, but she is certainly mighty. Her body has withstood countless dialysis treatments, ports, surgeries, infections, comas, and excessive fluids to the point her heart was failing and she could hardly stand under the weight of it all. 

Her children have cared for her, helped her, and stood by her side through so many holidays in the hospital, weeks in the hospital for years. I have known them for 7 years now and I have watched them persevere with a grit and resilience that will humble you. They work hard and get excellent grades in what some may consider the most dire situations. 

Except that to them their life is anything but dire. The love that has surrounded them makes all of the hard stuff so much more bearable. There is never a moment when someone isn’t laughing, and there are no  complaints. In fact, I have never heard Tasha complain, but I have seen her fight.

I am writing this because at this moment Tasha is fighting her biggest battle yet. Over the weekend her potassium spiked and her heart stopped beating. Her 15 year old son performed CPR until the ambulance arrived. He saved his mother’s life.  Unfortunately, her heart was stopped long enough that she is now on life support. Up until today, they were not sure she had any brain activity. But in true Tasha fashion, when terrible decisions were looming overhead, she wiggled her toes! Now that they have established brain activity, time is in her favor. 

As she lays in a coma, intubated, I ask for your generousity  to help this family in their time of need. Although Medicaid helps, no one is in the position to do anything extra. Feeding four children, gas driving them to school from where they are staying, school needs, personal needs....all of it. They need relief. Any money donated will go to Tasha’s needs and the needs of her children. If you think Medicaid and the “system” we rely on covers them, it doesn’t.  At least not in the way you or I would accept. 

Please consider donating to this amazing and beautiful family. Poverty doesn’t always look like what you think it does. If you met this family, you would think they had all that they needed. And they do. It is my hope we can give them peace of mind. 

On behalf of the Jacksons and myself, thank you!
Rania

PS...the picture is of both my (johnson)kids and the Jackson kids. Anyone that knows us, knows about our friendship. I have always felt so honored that Tasha allowed us to be a part of her children’s life. ❤️ I’ll be posting a picture of her soon.

Donations

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  • Sonya Washongton 
    • $100 
    • 37 mos
  • Scott Hardy 
    • $25 
    • 37 mos
  • Pam Sabatini Barnard 
    • $50 
    • 37 mos
  • Debby Ramundo  
    • $25 
    • 37 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 37 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Rania Johnson 
Organizer
Willoughby, OH
Asia Lee 
Beneficiary
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