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Fundraiser for Local Man with Lyme Disease

by ROSE SHABABY
Staff Writer | February 23, 2021 9:28 AM

BONNERS FERRY — In 2014, Joseph Cook began feeling sick. Before long it became clear he was battling a serious illness, but it wasn’t until 2015 that he was diagnosed with Lyme disease along with multiple co-infections. Since then, his health has been a roller coaster of ups and downs. Now, a Go Fund Me has been set up to try and help him and his family.

The disease has had a devastating effect on Cook’s life, confining him to a wheelchair at one point. The 52 year old hasn’t been able to work as a result of the myriad of symptoms affecting him: around the clock headaches, widespread inflammation with burning pain and stiffness, weakness, uncontrollable muscle spasms and seizures.

He found relief in 2018 with the help of a Florida doctor. During his time there, his health improved enough to go home, where he continued to improve and build his strength. Then, in June, 2020, he suffered a setback and hasn’t been able to work since.

His immediate family has done everything they can to support him but it just isn’t enough. There is an urgent financial need for continued treatment, past medical debt and basic living expenses such as rent and food.

The Cook family issued the following statement: “The family is deeply grateful for the kindness and benevolence of all in our community who have been helpful during our time of need. We hope someday to be able to help others in need in our local community as well.”

Anyone wishing to help can make a donation to their Go Fund Me at: https://gofund.me/4c71d0f8, or call Lora Cook at 208-304-5069 with any questions.

For a tax deductible receipt, contributions can be made to: L.A.M.B. Services Inc., P.O. Box 1050, Ceres, CA 95307 (Joseph Cook acct.)