A Medical Emergency and a Family in Need Olga & Andy Medical Fund

I noticed something on Twitter the other day. What is generally a bleak pool of internet negativity and vitriol, for a moment, turned into a haven of generosity and gratitude. A user held a raffle for a friend’s family that had a medical emergency. The prize was a $25 Steam gift card. The rules were simple, donate any amount of money to a GoFundMe page that was set up by a friend of the family in need and send proof that you donated. The raffle was held and a winner was announced. Yet, the donations didn’t stop. A chain reaction was set off and many didn’t care if they won the raffle or not.

I went to the GoFundMe Page and read the following:

I am reaching out to friends and family of Olga & John Ceresnak. As Tragedy has struck their family. Their son Andrew is fighting for his life and has been transferred to Jefferson University in Philadelphia PA. He has lost his right leg, and is in critical condition. The family needs help with travel expenses and Medical costs. No parent should have to endure this but we are all praying for God’s healing and Mercy for him.

Apparently I wasn’t the only person moved by this because anonymous internet users kept donating in amounts ranging from five to five-hundred dollars.
I wanted to write about this glimpse into the generosity of complete strangers not only to raise awareness for this cause, but to capture kindness in action. We are bombarded with negativity all day from the news to our relationships. It feels, at times, capturing a genuine selfless act is becoming increasingly rare. The saying for news and media is, “If it bleeds, it leads” and not “If it’s charity, it’s priority.”

Andy with his girlfriend.

I reached out to Andrew’s brother(Andrew is the one in the hospital). I didn’t want to concentrate on the bleakness of what was happening, I wanted to learn about Andy (as his brother called him) and his family.

Andy’s brother goes by the Twitter handle @orc_brand and was absolutely floored by the outpouring of help his family was receiving.

Andy and his brother grew up in Ukraine in the 90’s. When his brother was lazy, Andy would pick up the slack helping out his family in the village they were from. He was a shy and clever kid and he was an athlete that loved to run track. Andy was great with auto repair and would always lend a helping hand if a family member’s car needed to be fixed. Andy has a cat named Mr. Softee (like the ice cream) and a little sister he adores. Now, Andy and his family face an uncertain future. He is likely to need years of physical rehabilitation, and, at the time of publishing this, there has been no improvement in his condition.

I hope you can lend a hand this Christmas season to directly impact people in need. In the brief time I got to know Andy’s brother, I had the authentic feeling that they are good people and are burdened with a catastrophe. The family wants everyone reading this to know how grateful they are and to thank you for the help and the prayers.

In a world full of so much anger and cacophony of noises we should embrace genuine and authentic acts of charity like this. I know I will pray for Andy and his family.

Give something, however small, to the one in need. For it is not small to one who has nothing. Neither is it small to God, if we have given what we could. -St. Gregory Nazianzen

Ian Erickson is New Media Central’s Editor-in-Chief and co-host of The Patriarchy Show. Follow him on Twitter.

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About Ian Erickson

Ian is New Media Central’s Editor-in-Chief and one half of The Patriarchy Show. He is a married father with two sons and lives in New Jersey. He has worked on several campaigns from national, state and local levels. He has had pieces published in local NJ newspapers such as The Star Ledger. Also, he has contributed to The John Birch Society and various other websites. He had a book of poetry titled Broken published while majoring in Biblical Studies at Pillar College in NJ. He has had his poems published in various poetry journals. He has been a guest speaker at Pillar College to speak about creative writing and poetry. Ian was voted ” Most Sarcastic Person” for the state of New Jersey in 2007.