12/24/17

The Best Way To Spread Christmas Cheer . . . Is Making The Best Of A Perfectly Imperfect Situation

Life always finds a way to throw the curveball.
The best we can hope for in these situations is to find a way and perspective to make life perfectly imperfect.

Giving is certainly important all year round, but it takes on an extra special meaning during Christmas time. I'm not afraid to admit that at 24 years old, I've lived most of my life as the receiver rather than the giver. This year, however, thanks to Rockstar Finance's Community Fund, we've been given the opportunity to spread a little Christmas cheer to an incredibly deserving family.

Erica Metzger, her sister Elena Gantt, and their family have been through much trial and tribulation since December 29th, 2016. That was the night that her mother, Lou Ann Cooper, began not feeling well and began to display stroke-like symptoms. After a quick trip to the emergency room, she was transported to Ohio State Medical Center. By 2 a.m. she was completely paralyzed and on a ventilator.

Lou Ann was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome which is a rapid-onset muscle weakness caused by the immune system damaging the peripheral nervous system. She is currently at Galion Rehab Center in Galion, Ohio where she undergoes an intense daily regimen of physical, occupational, and speech therapy. She no longer suffers from respiratory complications, she has gained the ability to talk and make facial expressions, and she has begun moving her hands, arms, and shoulders.

Lou Ann has made great progress, and she and her family maintain a positive and confident mindset. The road ahead remains long and daunting for the entire family, but they are committed to providing a joyful life for Lou Ann and helping her to restore her life as closely as possible to some level of normality.

Through all of this, Erica has been committed to establishing and growing her business, Perfectly Imperfect Gifts, which she currently manages using Facebook and Etsy. Between caring for her three young children and her mother, Erica somehow manages to find time to work on and build her business, often times working late into the night.

Erica does great work and has really started to build a positive reputation in her community. Continued support for her personally and for her business from her community and beyond is paramount in helping her find that extra energy she her family need to stay strong in their support of Lou Ann and, just as importantly, of each other. 


Ultimately, we decided to give $150 Visa gift card because we didn't want to limit Erica in how she is able to use the money. Whether she wants to invest in her business, support her mother, or take her family out for dinner, that decision is completely up to Erica.

We sincerely appreciate J. Money, John, and the Rockstar Finance community for bringing this opportunity to us and more importantly to Erica and her family. We understand $150 isn't a life changing amount of money, but we trust this will help bring a little Christmas joy to a family who desperately needs and deserves it.

From Christian, Ty, and myself, we would all like to wish Erica and her family, the Rockstar Finance community, and our Smart Money Squad a very merry Christmas. Let's all be sure to take some time to enjoy and savor the time spent with our families and loved ones and do what we can to spread the Christmas cheer not only this Christmas season but all year round.

Merry Christmas!

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