Lori Streator (Jacobchak) said: 2/27/2014 11:59:38 PM (GMT)
Eric, for someone whom I have known since elementary school, it is an honor. Though people lose touch throughout the years, I'm still here, scrolling, reading, catching up, sharing your story. Be well, fight hard and I look forward to contiue following, scrolling, stalking... call it what you want ;)
Gary Stachelski said: 2/26/2014 12:07:25 AM (GMT)
Eric, inspirational isn't even the right word for your positive attitude and perspective on everything. I enjoy reading the updates and it is truly great to know you! Keep fighting and stay strong as always brother!
Peggy Gire said: 2/25/2014 10:05:54 PM (GMT)
Eric, Thanks you so much for the update. Lots of hopeful news in there! Thinking of you often and wishing you the best. You are very right about Roger Ebert. Dann and I (particularly Dann) witnessed many inspiratiional moments where Roger's postivie attitude overcame the limits of human experience. We would love to share them with you.
Sara Morgan said: 2/25/2014 8:54:40 PM (GMT)
Vonnie...er, I mean Eric. I don't think I know you by Eric...Billy always calls you Vonnie. Thank you for the update. Our thoughts are constantly with you. You're amazing--so funny AND smart! Lindsay is a lucky lady. :) Lots of Love
Carrie Thomas said: 2/5/2014 7:53:58 PM (GMT)
Hi Eric -- Even though we don't know each other, I just want to say continue to 'FIGHT". My prayers are with you!
Janice Moman said: 2/3/2014 8:27:53 PM (GMT)
Hi Eric, although we don't know each other personally or very well, we have spoken and nodded greetings in the halls of Mesirow Financial. I was saddened to the news of your diagnosis. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending lots of healing light and energy your way. Warm regards, Janice Moman.
Sonia Quintero said: 12/30/2013 8:41:02 PM (GMT)
Hi Eric, Wishing you a strong 2014. get well soon, we are half way there for a new season (Go Sox).
Ryan Garrison said: 12/4/2013 5:56:45 PM (GMT)
Eric, you are the man! If I was to put my money on anybody beating this deal... it would be you. I hope you have a great Holiday!
Tracie Ellis said: 11/20/2013 1:41:24 PM (GMT)
Eric, I just heard about this and I want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Stay as strong as you can and know that you have a lot of people praying for you and your family.
Honora Ostermann said: 10/27/2013 1:06:04 AM (GMT)
I wish so badly that I had known about the fundraiser, because of course I would be there. But Sean, Logan and I would like to send you a donation and it will be coming from the Rhoades family. We love you and will keep you in our prayers and thoughts. Keep strong and know that you have many people in your corner. SO glad that this event took place for you. Staying positive will help and I am sure your wonderful family will rally many behind you. Honie
Robert Sheppard said: 10/19/2013 10:58:00 AM (GMT)
Wouldn't ask for anyone else to be with me in my corner. No matter where we are or located, know that nothing means more to me than your friendship. Couldn't ask for a better #1. God I love you buddy. Sundays forever.
Ashley Lau & John Faklaris said: 10/18/2013 12:19:44 PM (GMT)
Eric, I am so sorry you are going thru this you are so young. Fight like a champion is an amazing cause for such an amazing nice genuine guy. I am so honored to help support your cause by wearing your shirt and helping to raise money for your fundraiser. My boyfriend John and I wish we could do something more for you. I know a lot of people in the industry that I can help you with a fundraising event if you like? Just let me know I would be honored in helping out for your cause. Hang in there,stay strong.
Gail Gleason said: 9/17/2013 6:09:00 PM (GMT)
Hello Eric and family, This is Gail Gleason, Steve Gleason’s mom. I am following up on a conversation I had with your brother, I believe, not long after your diagnosis. Just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and praying for you and your family as you go through this ALS ordeal. I am also curious if you were able to get into the ALS stem cell study that is starting near you. I hope so. Much love and prayers, Gail Gleason
Graham Giovagnoli said: 9/13/2013 6:36:53 PM (GMT)
Not a single being of this world is immune to hardship. It is our reaction to this struggle which forms our character. You are no stranger to adversity and after seeing you Saturday I have full confidence you're resilience will not be swayed. Fight the good fight Eric and know in your heart you are truly loved by many. Heroes aren't born, they're cornered.
Walt and Shirley Brownley said: 9/4/2013 11:41:16 PM (GMT)
Dear Eric, We're sorry it's taken us this long to post on your site but trying to put into words what we feel has led to many conversations about you. We were all devastated when we heard of your diagnosis, but after sharing our thoughts and impressions of you, we found one common thread. You are a fighter! We know you'll give it your all in this battle. We want you to know our support and love is behind you all the way. Love, the Brownleys
Stacey Novello said: 9/3/2013 4:20:54 AM (GMT)
I just wanted to let you know your in my thoughts and prayers .. I intend on coming to some fund raising events if not the next one soon after..things have been very hectic with the planning of my wedding Sept 21st. But I mean this with a good heart and a lots of humor ... if your half the stubborn ass (lol) you were in junior high im more than assured you got this on lock .. Again my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Deb Paust said: 9/1/2013 11:37:22 PM (GMT)
I think about you and your family often. So glad you have amazing support and love to lift you up on the days you struggle. Count on me as one of your supporters too. :) love, hugs & hope to you and your family, Deb Paust
Jennifer Linnell said: 8/21/2013 6:29:47 PM (GMT)
Eric, I just heard the news and my heart goes out to you and your family. I will keep you guys in my prayers. I will also be buying all my printer cartridges from a new website :)! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help. -Jenn
Rick Nahill said: 8/16/2013 4:30:43 AM (GMT)
Eric, just heard the news today and am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Although I have only been in your company a few times, I can see why you have so many wonderful friends. If they can stick with you through all of the different “hair styles” that I saw in your pictures, they will stick with you through anything! Fight on!
Mike Arcurie said: 8/10/2013 7:21:08 PM (GMT)
Eric...just an old neighbor, friend and even once babysitter (okay, I only really babysat you and Josh a couple times seeing as how I was just four years older!; I wonder if you even remember?!) who is stopping by to say hello. I got word of your condition last month and just know that I have not (and will not) stop praying for you and your family. You seem to have an unbelievable attitude toward this fight (which by the very way I commend; probably a lot easier said than done for most) and I fully believe in my heart that you can overcome this. God Bless and we can all do this together. :)
Annie Anders said: 8/10/2013 5:32:35 PM (GMT)
Hey Eric! I read some updates, recently bumped into your uncle (godfather- he prides in that:)..) on my floor at Alexian Brothers. Great people! They told me about this site. Very cool idea. Im sorry to hear to the news, and i hugged a family member :) I wanted to reach out and let you know Village Tavern does Dine-to-Donate. With you and your family's popularity and connections through schaumburg, i think it could be a huge success! 20% of all bills with the flyer go directly to your family/bills etc. My heart and prayers are with you and loved ones. Enjoy the rest of your summer! Live it up! Xoxo.
Bob and Cheri Belke said: 8/10/2013 11:56:42 AM (GMT)
Eric, Hang in. Nothing is impossible. We have a friend who was diagnosed 25 years ago and he's still with us. Our prayers are with you. Bob and Cheri Belke
Nancy Bartells said: 8/9/2013 12:34:57 AM (GMT)
Eric, I still remember the time in our basement when you wouldn't give me the basketball (do you remember?) Be strong and stubborn. Don't let this get you. You are in our prayers. Curt and Nancy Bartells
Brian and Karen Zoellick said: 8/4/2013 10:45:22 PM (GMT)
Eric, I remember you on the baseball field as a sparkplug and battler and know you will fight this with everything you've got. Karen and I wish you all the best and our prayers are with you.
Karen Meyers said: 7/31/2013 2:44:16 AM (GMT)
Eric, sometimes in life you meet someone you admire for so many reasons. Let me tell a few of the reasons I admire you. You were such a leader in the 2012 CSSC Class and your input was so valuable. Your zest for learning and our industry is amazing !! I was lucky that your shared what some would say is The (YOUR) Impossible Dream of the perfect settlement. I am sure you will Fight the Now Beatable( from a myriad of perspectives) Foe. I admire you Eric for who and what you are and the leader you will remain for all of us. I learned a lot from you already . I am sure I will learn a lot more in the future. Keep us posted. You and your family and friends are in our prayers. A candle has been lit and a mass said for you at Notre Dame. Karen Meyers
Prem Balani said: 7/29/2013 5:42:02 PM (GMT)
Eric, thank you for keeping us posted on your journey. Please know that you are not all alone on this ride you have a lot of love and faith from your friends and family. As I mentioned in my email please feel free to contact me if I can help in any way. Stay Positive and Strong.
Shannon King said: 7/29/2013 4:39:33 PM (GMT)
Eric, I went numb when I heard of your diagnosis just thinking "no way, it can't be." I am encouraged by your post and this web page, and have known from minute one that if anyone can fight this battle it is you. My heart and every healing vibe in my body goes to you. If there is anything--ANYTHING--you need, send smoke signals. You are so not alone my friend with so many people that love you. Take care, Shannon
Claudia Schab said: 7/29/2013 4:22:05 PM (GMT)
E-bomb! I was so surprised and saddened to hear the news of your diagnosis but know you will fight this with a strength and courage that only a few possess. Thank you for creating this page and posting your updates. If there is anything I can do to help, let me know. C-bomb aka Claudia
Karl Barons said: 7/27/2013 7:11:59 PM (GMT)
Eric, you will fight like a CHAMPION because you have always been a champion. I seem to remember that saxon qb Kurt Ohlson's dad, a coach at East Leyden H.S. fought ALS for decades with help from his doctors+family. your visit to MAYO CLINIC and Dr.Sorenson sounds very encouraging. Judy+I hope your visit to Northwestern also goes well. ALL the BEST.
Jan Jesernik said: 7/25/2013 2:15:17 PM (GMT)
Eric, We were happy to see your update from the Mayo trip. Glad to hear some positive news. We will keep thinking about you. Keep up the fight and go have some fun! Love, Jan
Dan & Mary Ann Atkinson said: 7/25/2013 1:25:13 AM (GMT)
Keep up the good fight. We are praying for you every day. We were so happy to hear you had some good news. God is on your side. Dan & Mary Ann Atkinson
Mark Morris said: 7/25/2013 12:32:58 AM (GMT)
Eric, great update. Stay positive and strong. There is not one day that goes by in which you are not in our minds. I feel a knockout happening.
Sue Williams said: 7/24/2013 7:24:43 PM (GMT)
Eric, your community of support is strong and with your amazing attitude you'll reach your mountains' summit. I pray for your strength as you begin your climb. Sue
Martha Hunt said: 7/23/2013 5:18:43 PM (GMT)
Eric, I was so sad to hear the news, but after reading your update I know you will fight this with all you've got. Your family, co-workers, friends and the entire structured settlement industry are behind you! Saying a special prayer every day for you, Martha
Ravi Vaswani said: 7/23/2013 4:49:42 PM (GMT)
Eric, thank you for taking the time to post your updates. Glad to see you had a positive experience at Mayo. Stay strong and positive. There are a lot of people wishing the best for you and your loved ones.
John Henry said: 7/22/2013 9:14:19 PM (GMT)
Eric, You sound like you are taking the right approach to this "challenge". Staying positive has to have benefits. You will be be in my prayers daily. Again, if there is anything I can do, let me know. JH
Adam Cantu said: 7/22/2013 7:52:08 PM (GMT)
It was awesome to see your fight and enthusiasm in your first blog. Keep fighting and I'll see you when you get back. With love, Adam
Liz Pierobon said: 7/20/2013 10:55:57 PM (GMT)
Vonny, We are thinking/praying for you daily and are so glad that you followed up with MAYO clinic and have left with more clarity and improved news. We are here for you 24/7 and love you so much. Now let's enjoy this summer together already! Love, LizBon
Tammy and Scott Graeme said: 7/20/2013 1:19:36 AM (GMT)
Eric, we are so happy to read the latest news. We will continue to say prayers for you everyday and hope you stay strong and positive. We have also had wonderful experiences at Mayo Clinic and understand why you will keep going there. They are wonderful and helpful physicians and caretakers. Many hugs to all of you! God Bless you! And thank you for sharing your words of wisdom in life!!
Ryan McNeily said: 7/20/2013 12:49:12 AM (GMT)
Eric - was glad to get the update. Sending you good thoughts from the West Coast. Glad the Mayo trip was positive! Keep up the good fight pal.
Deb Paust said: 7/19/2013 10:32:16 PM (GMT)
Eric, Thank you for sharing your health update. I am so happy you received positive news!!! Let the blessings of love from your family and friends continue to give you strength to live life you want...like a champion! love, hugs & hope, Deb Paust
Marla Cassata said: 7/19/2013 5:20:51 PM (GMT)
Very positive news Eric. God Bless you and I will be praying very hard for you!!
Aunt Carole said: 7/19/2013 3:31:08 PM (GMT)
Praise God for the uplifting news!!! Prayers are answered. God is in control. Eric you are loved by so many people and so many prayers have carried you this far and will continue to carry you through this journey. May God keep you in his loving care and continue to bless you each day with his grace and peace......Aunt Carole "If God takes you to it, He will get you through it."
Kristy and David Kotek said: 7/19/2013 1:14:34 PM (GMT)
Eric- We are so happy to hear the positive update! We love you to pieces and are always thinking of you. PS- Put some music on it :)
John Sheppard said: 7/19/2013 1:07:08 PM (GMT)
Stay in the greatest uplifting mood as possible....You have many friends and relatives who love and respect you very much...... Mr Shep
Gina Leander said: 7/18/2013 2:32:26 PM (GMT)
Eric: Not sure if you recall who I am, but I am on the 11th floor in Healthcare with the Kelly Team. I hope that you can get in on some trials and that we employees here at Mesirow Financial are able to support your Fight Like A Champion! Warm regards, G
Sonia Quintero said: 7/18/2013 1:38:55 PM (GMT)
Eric, My prayers are with you. Stay strong and fight hard.
Ed Rosario said: 7/18/2013 1:11:40 PM (GMT)
Stay strong my Sox friend, always enjoy our Sox talks, you always take the time to greet and talk, very kind and smiling person you are. My thoughts and prayers to you amigo. God Bless you!
Theresa Schuman said: 7/15/2013 3:27:33 PM (GMT)
Eric, Not a day goes by that we don't think about you and pray for you. Especially this week! Stay strong and positive! We love you! Terry and Jerry Schuman
The Thommes Family said: 7/15/2013 2:28:37 AM (GMT)
E-Dog! Fightin for You! Thinking of the wonderful times from days gone by & loved you as a friend of the girls ( Tarah & Jess). Will do whatever to support you, your family, & The Cause! Fight Hard!! Judi Thommes, RN, NSN, APN, FNP Family Nurse Practitioner
Dave & Debbie Gibson said: 7/13/2013 6:14:00 PM (GMT)
Eric, Stay positive and fight hard. After knowing and coaching you many years, I always said you have the drive and the heart of a lion! Keep your chin up and crush this disease. Our prayers are with you every single day. Love, Debbie and Dave
Aunt Georgia said: 7/13/2013 3:25:37 AM (GMT)
Eric: where to begin is so easy for me- you have grown into an oustanding, incredible young man. You have been a never ending source of love and laughter; each time we are all together and with each time we get to reminence about how you and your cousins have all gotten along so well. Now getting into trouble was also reminenced since you are all vonschaumburg's (Musto's included) Your smile and laughter, kindness and love that you have shown to all your family is something to be proud of. I love you more than you can imagine and am very proud to have you as my nephew- we will all be here for anything you need or just to talk about nothing. God Bless you Eric Love Aunt Georgia
Mike O'Malley said: 7/11/2013 5:54:48 PM (GMT)
Kelly and I are thinking of you and praying for you. Fight on brother.
Edie said: 7/11/2013 4:44:14 PM (GMT)
Eric, I am so sorry to hear about this. You will be in my prayers . I know you will survive and yes you are STRONG and will fight like a champion/ Oh and congrats I see you are a VP now. I also just spoke with Casey.
Jan Jesernik and Hank Ruthe said: 7/8/2013 2:20:46 AM (GMT)
Eric, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Stay strong!
Uncle T said: 7/6/2013 2:17:31 PM (GMT)
E, We will beat the living #### out of this, you are a very strong young man, you have been the leader and mentor to all of the cousins. We will keep fighting and show the world how strong you and our family truly are. Every day you are in my thoughts and prayers,stay strong and remember we are all here to support you and the Von family
Aunt Susie said: 7/3/2013 1:26:31 AM (GMT)
Eric, I think of you every day as I wake up and all day long I am reminded of how much love there is in the Von Family. I hope to see you and the whole gang soon. My prayers and love are always with you. Stay strong and positive Er Bear...I love you so much!
Linda M O'Boyle said: 7/2/2013 11:26:14 PM (GMT)
Eric, Well, let's just say our hanging out at Maureen's Xmas party made us fast friends and friends support each other so you can count on me. I will do whatever I can or whatever you need to help you fight the fight. You are one strong man and with your family and friends you will get through this. Love you Eric!
Tammy Graeme said: 7/2/2013 3:10:56 AM (GMT)
Eric, you are a very strong young man, God is watching over you, and may your strenght and faith guide you through these days ahead. We are praying for you, everyday! Positive thoughts always! Tammy and Scott
Tom Bloodgood said: 7/1/2013 11:57:37 PM (GMT)
Life is what happens to you while your making plans for something else ! I know you have it in you, remove all stress possible and enjoy your family, friends and all the support they give you. Stay positive and remember the Dallas doors of the Bloodgood's will always be open to you and your family !
Gavin Paul said: 6/30/2013 9:43:06 PM (GMT)
Eric, lesser men with this affliction have discovered things of the universe previously inexplicable. Your fam, your friends, we're strapping our fighting gloves on with you - just keep aiming for a knock out with us, brother. It can't, and won't take your mind.
Renee DiFrancesco said: 6/29/2013 3:49:28 PM (GMT)
Sending you all Prayers, Love and Strength!!
Carolyn Clifton said: 6/29/2013 3:13:43 PM (GMT)
Eric, I cannot stop thinking and praying for you. Keep the faith, keep strong! I think a group hug and spit is in order (you remember)! Count on my continued prayers for you and your whole family!
Gail Gleason said: 6/28/2013 10:38:13 PM (GMT)
Eric, My name is Gail Gleason. I am Steve Gleason's mother. Steve was diagnosed 2 1/2 years ago and started Team Gleason. Justin Prosser, a friend of your brother's, called to let me know about your diagnosis. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help through this difficult time.
Rob and Jessica Ptak said: 6/28/2013 2:27:55 PM (GMT)
Eric you are in our thoughts and prayers and we will constantly be thinking of you! We would love to help out in any way possible. Stay Strong!
Mark and Jami Stilling said: 6/28/2013 12:55:29 PM (GMT)
You are in our thoughts and prayers. We will support you in any way we can. SAXON PRIDE
Aunt Anne said: 6/28/2013 10:45:47 AM (GMT)
Eric, You are the role model to all your cousins, You and Josh are the sons we never had. We love you so very much and so proud of the person you are. Be strong ErBear and keep the faith. We are one family and we can and will get through this. WE love you MOOOOOOOOOchooooooo Musto Much!!! God gives his toughest tasks to his strongest soldiers
Josh Von Schaumburg said: 6/28/2013 2:06:59 AM (GMT)
To the best brother, friend, role model, and person I've ever met in my life... Love you more than you can imagine.
Julia Ciaccio said: 6/28/2013 12:21:25 AM (GMT)
Lots of love, hugs and positive thinking coming your way buddy. Stay strong! xoxo, julia
Nicole & Matt Kittner said: 6/27/2013 7:36:16 PM (GMT)
We are thinking of you and constantly sending positive thoughts and prayers your way. We would love to help out with any of the fundraisers so please keep us posted.
jill said: 6/27/2013 5:54:19 PM (GMT)
Thinking of you and your family. Positive thoughts! Xoxo
Dewey & Debbie Keyes said: 6/27/2013 5:12:21 PM (GMT)
We will remember you before God's throne of grace with our prayers for you and your family. Please enjoy this day & may your hope be in the Lord. Sincerely, Dewey & Debbie Keyes
Samantha Reuter said: 6/27/2013 5:01:01 PM (GMT)
Stay Strong Eric! XOXO, Sam
Kevin Kuhlman said: 6/27/2013 4:21:42 PM (GMT)
Stay strong buddy! Remember the greatest 5 minutes of basketball (2005 Illini) and gain inspiration from it! Love you man, Kevin