PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pine-Richland community is drumming up support after a young boy was diagnosed with a mysterious, polio-like illness.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Police Investigating After Man Shot In Leg In Homewood South
Bryson Ackermann is the son of Pine-Richland School District basketball coach Jeff Ackermann.
He’s one of three patients in UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh battling Acute Flaccid Myelitis, or AFM. It affects the body’s nervous system, specifically the spinal cord, and can cause paralysis.READ MORE: Severe Thunderstorms And Tornado Warnings Lead To Upended Trees, Storm Damage In Southwestern Pa. Counties
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A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family to help with Bryson’s medical costs.
By late Wednesday night, it had already raised more than $15,500.MORE NEWS: Woman Arrested, Facing Homicide Charges Following Deadly Shooting In Sheraden
If you would like to help the Ackermann family, visit the page here at this link.