Roz, image from gofundme.com
Photo: CONTRIBUTED
Photo: CONTRIBUTED

‘#STRATACACHEfamily,’ CEO Riegel support Sidney girl facing rare disease

Chris Riegel, founder and chief executive of Dayton-based digital signage company Stratacache, will match up to $30,000 to support a Sidney girl who is battling a rare disease.

The money will be matched for Chive Charities #Flashcampaign benefiting Rozlyn, a nine-year-old girl from Sidney, who has a rare neurological disease, Rasmussen Encephalitis.

“Should you choose to personally contribute to Rozlyn’s Flash Campaign, you’re invited to use the hashtag #STRATACACHE family in the comment section,” the company said in a Facebook posting  Tuesday.

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The fundraiser goes to a young girl who was born healthy in 2010, the campaign’s gofundme page says.

“But it was shortly after her 2nd birthday that she suddenly began to have seizures, intense seizures,” the page says. “Over the next year and a half, her seizures became increasingly debilitating. Roz failed 5 different seizure medications and went through rigorous epilepsy surgery testing.”

The page outlines the child’s painful surgeries and therapy, including a a functional hemispherectomy to respond to seizures on the right side of her brain.

“When she awoke from her surgery it was without the use of her entire left side of her body, she was also now blind in the left half of both her eyes,” the family’s page says. “Roz remained in the hospital for six weeks and went through extensive in-patient therapy twice a day.”

Today, the family needs a reliable vehicle for medical trips.

On its corporate web site, Stratacache says the “flash campaign” launched Tuesday.

“Our company is matching up to $25,000 in donations dollar-for-dollar to make sure that this campaign is a success,” Stratacache says on the site. “Should you choose to personally contribute to Rozlyn’s campaign, you’re invited to use the hashtag #STRATACACHEfamily in the comment section.”

“Part of the resurgence of Dayton has to be that the next generation of leaders step up to invest in what is important to the community,” Riegel said in an email Wednesday. “From our work to help save the Feast of Giving to the projects with Chive Charities, we want our employees to be active participants in making the community better. This is just the start.” 

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