Our dear friend Erik
passed away Friday. I don't know how to tell you what a great friend
Erik was to so many of us. I know there are many people right now
hurting, because Erik was such a bright light in our lives. Erik was
the friend we all knew would do anything for us, and we would do
anything for him. He didn’t mind helping you if you needed it.
It’s hard to think that we are not going to get to see him anymore.
While we miss him here we know that he is now in a better place
looking down at all of us and hopefully smiling over us. Let’s
celebrate his life by trying to take time to smell the roses and
live in the moment. I know he will be along for the ride in our
In 2008, Erik
Burgess was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The cancer had spread
to his abdomen and the tumor was the size of a grapefruit. For the
next several years he spent a lot of time in and out of the
hospital. He endured 8 months of chemotherapy and a major surgery
that left him physically challenged with only one kidney. However,
he did not let this knock him down. He kept his self – employed
business going, cleaned up his life, and his health. He started
going to church, put his faith in God, and kept on going. In this
same time, Erik’s mother and stepfather (who are now his primary
caregivers), also experienced life changing medical issues.
About 3 months ago, Erik was experiencing excessive pain, having
trouble breathing, and his legs were swelling. He went to the doctor
on Easter Sunday and was admitted to the hospital that same day.
Erik has been in the hospital since that date, except for a brief
period days he was able to go home. In entering into the hospital he
was diagnosed with renal (kidney) failure, meaning his kidney is
failing to sufficiently filter waste from his blood. He has also
been diagnosed with an infection in his lungs that has been a bit of
a mystery and some A1 deficiencies (these basically make your body’s
cells attack themselves).
As a small business owner, he has not
been able to afford health insurance coverage which, as can be
expected, has produced great financial burdens. Erik is not one to
ask for help. Since we all now know what’s going on, we can no
longer wait. We are going to "Bring It”! If you are on this site,
you are part of the cavalry we are calling upon to pray for his
recovery and help in any way possible.
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