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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pine-Richland community is drumming up support after a young boy was diagnosed with a mysterious, polio-like illness.

Bryson Ackermann is the son of Pine-Richland School District basketball coach Jeff Ackermann.

(Source: GoFundMe)

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.


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.

If you would like to help the Ackermann family, visit the page here at this link.