Jacksons organize benefit to assist with medical expenses
Crosby Township resident Kole Jackson is getting near the end of his treatment program at the Spero Clinic in Arkansas.
Jackson has suffered a myriad of health problems since he received two concussions minutes apart at a football practice when he was 10.
After Kole’s first appointment at the clinic, he received a new diagnosis of complex regional pain syndrome.
But, Kole has been benefiting from treatment and experiencing much less pain.
His uncle, Mark Jackson, said Kole is talking about getting his GED and thinking about the future differently.
The community has helped some to pay for Kole’s treatment through donations.
But, the family has also taken out some loans, and Jackson is helping to organize a benefit to help pay down some of these expenses, as well as pay for any continued care.
The benefit will take place from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Borderline Bar and Grill.
There is a $10 cover at the door, and the benefit will feature a buffet dinner, live music, and raffles, including a big liquor raffle.
Jackson said they are hoping to get about 120 bottles of liquor for this raffle, and tickets will be $10 each, or six for $50.
Companies can also pay $100 to get their business featured on the back of T-shirts.
Along with the benefit, Jolene Winter, owner of Brater-Winter Funeral Homes, recently offered to match donations to the family, dollar-for-dollar, up to $2,000.
She said it’s been amazing to see Kole progressing so well, and through the match, she wanted to help incentivize other people to donate.
In only one week after she began the match, the Jackson family raised another $3,600, which doesn’t include Winter’s $2,000 match.
The Jackson family is still accepting donations on a GoFundMe page under “Team Kole Jackson - Urgent! Need Help!,” and they also have an account set up at KeyBank in Harrison under Kole’s name.
Those who want to donate can also do so through the Burning Limb Foundation by visiting burninglimb.com/giving and designating “Kole Jackson” in the “for benefit of” field.
Jackson said this community they are rooted in is like a family.
“The community’s been incredible,” said Jackson.