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Steve’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated about Steve's status. Get started by reading the introduction to our website, My Story.

Visit often to read the latest journal entries, visit the photo gallery, and write us a note in our guestbook.

On Friday, May 27 at 4:30am Steve had a seizure and went into cardiac arrest.  Lisa administered CPR and called 911.  EMS was able to restore Steve's pulse and transported him to UNC Hospitals.  In the ED he was put on an induced hypothermia protocol, which is used to improve neurological outcomes following cardiac events, and he was admitted to the Cardiac ICU.

We don't know why he had the seizure and arrest, as Steve has been completely healthy and has no vices.  This was bizarre and completely unexpected.

Latest Journal Update


 A close friend has asked me to post this…  

 Hi, friends of the Emrichs!  Steve, Lisa, Lauren, Sarah, and Abby sincerely appreciate each meal, prayer, card, encouraging word, and random act of kindness you all pour out.  This update is just to highlight some significant ways to help them with the current burden of planning to pay for (or provide) his medical care out of pocket, while Lisa continues researching other ways to cover the cost of caring for Steve at home. She is hoping that by March some of the care may be covered again and will keep you updated as she learns herself.
As of February 7, Lisa's medical insurance through work will no longer cover Steve's in-home nursing.  The cost for in-home nursing care at his level of need is $1100/day.   I'm posting to encourage you to please give either money or medical assistance (if you are an LPN or higher) to help cover one month, allowing Lisa more time to work on the longer term plan.  

 If you'd like to send a tax-deductible check to help cover his medical expenses, you can do so by mailing a check to the church.  

Check written to :

Christ United Methodist Church (Steve Emrich Fund in memo line)

Attn: Vince Grace for Steve Emrich

105 Market St

Chapel Hill, NC 27516


If you prefer to donate online, there is a gofundme.com site available.  Please know that it's not tax-deductible, and the site takes over 5% of gifts given (to pay for their site infrastructure).  That link is http://gofundme.com/steveemrich

Please also note:  The link to donate on this caringbridge page does NOT go to the Emrich family, but to support the infrastructure for this journal website.


If you are a trained medical professional willing to donate some of your time to care for Steve (with Lisa present in the home), please see the month of February on the carecalendar or email Lisa or cneal@christmethodist.org to discuss.


 77132, passcode 5516

Thank you for helping Steve stay home with his wife and girls.  What a gift!