Fundraiser to help Erik fight Cystic Fibrosis

39300422_1559190542469774_r.jpegOur dear friend Erik needs our help and prayer! He was born with Cystic Fibrosis, an inherited life-threatening disease that damages the lungs and digestive system. Erik wasn’t diagnosed until April 2014 at the age of 24. He received his diagnosis right before graduating from Long Beach State. Prior to his diagnosis, he was prepared and eager to explore new job opportunities. Little did he know how much his Cystic Fibrosis would affect every aspect of the rest of his life.

Initially his symptoms were somewhat bearable. He was able to have a steady job, workout as much as he wanted and live a fairly normal life. Erik kept a positive attitude and was determined to fight it; nothing could stop him. If you know Erik you know how positive and strong he truly is; it’s something we all admire in him.

Unfortunately, in the last five years this aggressive disease has taken a toll on his body. For Erik some of the the effects include rapid weight loss and not being able to lift 10 pounds without getting winded. He has been in and out of the hospital too many times to count. He has had numerous breathing treatments in an effort to provide him the ability to breathe half as much as we can. During Erik’s extended time in the hospital, nurses would insert a picc line to help him fight infections. He had these for weeks at a time fearing he would get a blood clot.

Today, Erik cannot breathe on his own with his lungs only functioning at 38%. He is on oxygen 24/7 and on daily iv’s through a permanent iv line. The port, or permanent iv line is a lot more convenient but he now has to be on blood thinners. Cystic Fibrosis has forced him into an extremely restrictive lifestyle so much so that he is unable to work. All of his savings has gone to medical appointments, bills, and daily living. He is now on permanent state disability which hasn’t gone into effect (this would only cover a small portion of his outstanding medical bills and expenses). It still isn’t going to be enough to provide him the care he needs.

Doctors have taken steps in talking with Erik about lung transplants. We have seen our friend suffer firsthand, especially in the last five years. We want to help by giving him all the love and support we can. It would mean so much if we could help him with medical bills, gas to get to his appointments, and food to stay healthy.

We are standing with Erik to let him know that he is not alone in this fight against Cystic Fibrosis. He means so much to us but we also need your help. Please join us in spreading love and support to our friend.

Thank you in advance.

Lauren, Brenda, Viviana and Courtney



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Lauren Wagoner 
Temecula, CA
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