'Sunday Funday' aims to help Lou. girl battling Mitochondrial disease

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by Rachel Platt

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. --  It's called “Sunday Funday;” a fundraiser for a little girl at Cochran Elementary School in  Louisville.

The odds may be against her, but she's not giving up and neither is her teacher who says 5-year-old Jerrica has made her a better person.

While most children will enjoy spring break, Jerrica will under surgery, and this weekend's fundraiser is to help her family with their expenses.

At Cochran Elementary, there are hundreds of students who are special, but there is one is extra special.

Jerrica Stone cannot speak or walk.  Her teacher, Shannon Putnam helps her communicate through an i-Pad.

Mitochondrial disease has left her tiny body broken, but underneath a fighting spirit; iron will and so smart.  Jerrica, using that iPad to play beginning sounds, does quite well.

Working with Jerrica is changing her teacher's life, in a professional way.  Putnam says she is using different types of technology to communicate with those who can’t the traditional ways.
Jerrica has also changed her in a personal way, saying it has made her more calm, patient and happier to enjoy the simple things in life.

Putnam says all her students at Cochran are like family and that's why she does anything to help.

Jerrica already became Cinderella for a day to make her feel like a princess.

She will undergo surgery during spring break, so her teacher wanted WHAS11 to know about a fundraiser this Sunday at Fourth Street Live! to help her family with costs.

Country music played all day, but Putnam will tell you Jerrica really likes another kind of music; Jerrica is a Cher fan.

Jerrica became Cherrica for Halloween and now her teacher tweeting Cher to see if she can score some tickets for her special student when she comes to the KFC Yum! Center in June.

Each day is a gift for Jerrica and for those around her.Sunday Funday starts at 1 p.m. this Sunday at Fourth Street Live! at PBR Louisville.

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