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Help Erika Zak Get a New Liver

$35,910 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 212 people in 3 months
Created May 13, 2018
Erika, our dear friend and sister, urgently needs a liver transplant to save her life. Now we can help Erika and her family, Scott and Loie, get to the Cleveland Clinic and pay for travel and accommodations, related medical expenses and recovery. 

In 2014, Erika was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer that had spread to her liver. Her daughter, Loie, was just 3 months old. She underwent more than 70 rounds of chemotherapy and several surgeries. Then came a major blow, followed by a miracle. One of the procedures left her liver severely injured, and it began to fail. But Erika also began taking an immunotherapy drug that her doctors say has killed most, if not all, of her remaining cancer. She was officially listed on the transplant waiting list last week, and will be heading to Cleveland very soon to wait for a liver. For the first time, Erika has a real opportunity to see her sweet daughter grow up. And we can help. 

We have seen our friend and sister fighting so hard for this. We have seen such strong support from her family and friends, and what a happy home she has made for Loie. It's been a heartbreaking and awe-inspiring struggle, and they are so grateful for all of your support. Read the CNN story about Erika here.
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A note from Erika and her family:

Thank you all so much for your tremendous support. Words can’t explain how grateful we are to have this army (made up of old and new friends, loving family and generous strangers) behind us.

While the wait time for an available liver and ultimately a transplant is still unclear, we plan to leave for Cleveland in about 10 days (after Erika’s next immunotherapy treatment).

Our hope is the transplant can happen quickly -- but that will depend on Erika’s MELD score (the higher, the “better”), not to mention a little bit of luck.

In the meantime, we will settle into our temporary home just outside of Cleveland and try to entertain Loïe, while mentally preparing for what’s to come!

Thank you for helping us to be able to focus on Erika’s health and preparing for her transplant.

With love and sincere thanks,

Scott, Erika & Loïe
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$35,910 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 212 people in 3 months
Created May 13, 2018
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