911 Dispatcher Derrick needs us

$8,328 of $33,127 goal

Raised by 119 people in 49 months
Carmen Rojo
on behalf of Kimberly Erickson
 MESA, AZ
Derrick Erickson, age 23, currently lies in the ICU in Phoenix fighting for his life with a ventilator helping him breath. His family and wife are by his side, this is how they spent their 1st wedding anniversary. A lung transplant will be needed to help him in his fight and he is currently waiting to be transfered to Tucson for further testing and approval to be placed on the recipient list.
Derrick began his career as a EMS dispatcher for a local fire and ambulance company with his older sister and is where he met his now wife Kim. After several years as an EMS dispatcher he transitioned into police dispatch for the City of Phoenix. Derrick is just one month short of his 1 year probation with the city and will most likely not qualify for long term disability or FMLA.
Derrick's wife Kim lost her dad, Ricky Pearce, at the age of 4. He died in the line of duty while service the City of Phoenix as a firefighter. She now faces the reality of losing her husband.
Derrick is a private person and doesnt share with many that he has cystic fibrosis. Right now Kim is taking time from work to be with him and her paid time off is gone. They need our help, they didnt ask, they dont have to. This is an automatic in EMS community you step up so bills can get paid. We picked a random number and will adjust as needed.
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Excellent, think they have been on the news 5x now :) (just on local channels as I've seen other states have mentioned it) check out the fundraiser put on by Phx as mentioned in last update! Awesome thing to wake up to just now http://www.fox10phoenix.com/Clip/11570239/bbq-fundraiser-for-dispatcher-derrick-erickson#.VXHhU4-Chvo.facebook
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Update from Kim- Feel horrible leaving my love Derrick but I have to go back to work tomorrow. I am happy to report he is off the vent, is off bipap (still on 15L o2) but has officially been listed for lung transplants! Thanks to everyone for your love & support. It's going to be a long road so please continue to keep us in your prayers.
Cute pic of them from last month
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Anyone who would rather donate through a bank you can go to any Wells Fargo and it's under the Derrick Erickson Donation Fund. Thank you everyone for your continued support!
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Frank Anthony Piccioli
49 months ago
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His union has been contacted and I have contacted the fire union as well. We are talking to benefits for donated time and securing his insurance and are in the process of having a fundraiser. Please call the union hall, local 2960 if you have questions

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Debra Hanna
48 months ago
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The wait is difficult but well worth it, we waited 20 months....My husband is now 4 1/2 yrs post double lung transplant. While you wait....keep living life, find joy in each day and remember....life is an adventure!! God Bless!!

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Raynsford Samples
49 months ago
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Many prayers. Has 100 Club been contacted yet?

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Lara Schneider
49 months ago

We are having a live benefit for Derrick at Haus Murpheys in Glendale, Saturday June 6 from 12 - 8. There will be live music, raffles, prizes, and t shirts. Check out the link below for more info. If you would like to donate anything for raffle, please send ne an email tangled_dream_web@yahoo.com. Thank you ♡ https://www.facebook.com/events/1588864704713678/

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Carmen Rojo
49 months ago

@Raynsford I personall have not, anything like that the family has contact with PIO. I myself Am only concentrating on corporations and people in high places, some places will only talk to blood family as in wife not sure about 100 club. Thank you for suggestion as they read these and may already have :) -rojo

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Carmen Rojo
49 months ago

@Lisa I personally have not sent it, the family is in contact with PHX PIO, thank you for suggestion :)

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Lisa Carnahan
49 months ago

Has this info been sent over to Phx. Fire?

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Created May 5, 2015
Carmen Rojo
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Anonymous
45 months ago
$50
Anonymous
47 months ago
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$50
Theresa Lentini
47 months ago
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RP
$10
Randy Pitcher
47 months ago
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Every time I sell a Star Of Life etched glass, I will donate $10

MM
$100
Michael Mannino
48 months ago
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Hi, wishing you all the best! My niece Lisa Messina Mannino just had a double lung transplant on February 24, 2015. Check out her story on you tube!! Your day will come!!

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Anonymous
48 months ago
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Mary Anderson
48 months ago
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Derrick we have a very dear friend who was in your situation several years ago. He was able to raise the money just in time for his double lung transplant. Dennis Knoll is doing wonderful and his donor family had the opportunity to meet him. May God bless you.

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Anonymous
48 months ago
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Anonymous
48 months ago
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HC
$20
Hannah Clark
48 months ago
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Thanks for all you do. God bless you! PPD Ret.

Frank Anthony Piccioli
49 months ago
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His union has been contacted and I have contacted the fire union as well. We are talking to benefits for donated time and securing his insurance and are in the process of having a fundraiser. Please call the union hall, local 2960 if you have questions

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Debra Hanna
48 months ago
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The wait is difficult but well worth it, we waited 20 months....My husband is now 4 1/2 yrs post double lung transplant. While you wait....keep living life, find joy in each day and remember....life is an adventure!! God Bless!!

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Raynsford Samples
49 months ago
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Many prayers. Has 100 Club been contacted yet?

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Lara Schneider
49 months ago

We are having a live benefit for Derrick at Haus Murpheys in Glendale, Saturday June 6 from 12 - 8. There will be live music, raffles, prizes, and t shirts. Check out the link below for more info. If you would like to donate anything for raffle, please send ne an email tangled_dream_web@yahoo.com. Thank you ♡ https://www.facebook.com/events/1588864704713678/

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Carmen Rojo
49 months ago

@Raynsford I personall have not, anything like that the family has contact with PIO. I myself Am only concentrating on corporations and people in high places, some places will only talk to blood family as in wife not sure about 100 club. Thank you for suggestion as they read these and may already have :) -rojo

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Carmen Rojo
49 months ago

@Lisa I personally have not sent it, the family is in contact with PHX PIO, thank you for suggestion :)

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Lisa Carnahan
49 months ago

Has this info been sent over to Phx. Fire?

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