A fundraising campaign has been launched to support a 6-year-old boy in Erie who urgently needs a heart transplant. Jonah Allgeier suffered cardiac arrest three and a half weeks ago and was quickly taken to the Cleveland Clinic. Doctors have determined that Jonah has restrictive cardiomyopathy, a rare genetic condition inherited from his mother, who also had a heart transplant 22 years ago. The goal of the fundraiser is to raise $360,000 to cover Jonah’s medical expenses, including the cost of the transplant and a lifetime of post-transplant care. The family is reaching out to local businesses to place donation canisters, and donations can also be made through a dedicated website.
The family is preparing for the challenges that lie ahead, including the need for Jonah to live in a different city for nine to 12 months during the transplant process. They are also aware of the high cost of post-transplant care, with medications alone amounting to around $3,000 per month. The family is hopeful that local businesses and community members will contribute to help Jonah receive the life-saving treatment he desperately needs. Donations can be made through the dedicated website provided by the family or by contributing to donation canisters placed in local businesses.