Fundraiser to support student in critical condition

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Friends of Jackson Strecher, a University of North Texas student who suffered a rare brain hemorrhage on New Year’s Day, will have a fundraiser in his honor Saturday.

The 7 p.m. event, “Amitea Presents: Play Your Soul and Help for Jackson!” will be held at the Denton tea shop at 708 N. Locust St.

There is no entry fee for the event, which will include band performances, but attendees are being asked to donate whatever they can to support Strecher’s medical expenses. Donations for the Strecher family are also being collected online at www.gofundme.com/HelpforJackson

Strecher, 18, is awaiting brain surgery at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth after suffering a brain hemorrhage brought on by a condition known as arteriovenous malformation, an entanglement of arteries and veins that burst. Hospital officials said Thursday that he is in serious condition.

Phaedra Strecher, Jackson’s mother, said in recent days that he has improved and she’s hopeful doctors will bring him out of sedation and remove his breathing tubes this weekend. She said her son had two emergency surgeries in the past week to relieve some pressure around his brain and to relieve a blood clot.

“He’s responding to our questions by squeezing our hands, looking at us,” she said. “He’s becoming aware, and that’s very exciting.”

Jackson Strecher is a former Amitea employee and assisted in the store’s opening and helped stock shelves, said owner Stacie Cates. She said she’s honored to use her business as a venue to host a fundraiser for him. Cates described Jackson Strecher as someone customers loved, “very loyal, very energetic ... just very friendly.”

“I’m just thankful that I have this opportunity,” Cates said. “All the money donated will go directly to the Strecher family.”

Jackson Strecher is a 2013 Denton High School graduate who at the time of his brain hemorrhage was in his freshman year at UNT studying history. He has also been active in the local theater scene and plays guitar for a local rock band, The Lead Pipes.

The outpouring of support for Jackson is overwhelming, Phaedra Strecher said.

“I’m very excited and touched,” she said. “I’m very happy that he has such good friends that care about him.

“I just want to thank the entire community for their support. It means the world to us that Jackson is so loved by everyone.”

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.


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