Granddaughter's Go Fund Me Page For Former Vice Mayor/CD 9 Councilman Val Lerch Raises Sums For His In-Home Care
(Oct. 20, 2021, 4:05 a.m.) -- As previously reported by LBREPORT.com, former Long Beach Vice Mayor/CD9 Councilman Val Lerch, battling cancer since March 2020, announced on his Facebook page (Oct. 11, 2021) that his doctors have told him he has 90 days or less to live.
His granddaughter, Tori Ann, has launched a GoFundMe page for his in-home care. She writes: "Over the past coupke of weeks mygrandpa has gotten weakern and weaker and is no longer able to provide much support for himself. At this time, we are looking to set up in home care for him ln a reglar basis so that he can get daily care as hospice only comes in every couple of days."
As of predawn Oct. 20, the GoFundMe page had raised nearly $8,000 out of a $16,000 goal.
The GoFundMe page can be reached at: www.gofundme.com/f/inhome-care-for-val-lerch.
A North Long Beach omnipresence, Mr. Lerch was part of the North Long Beach Redevelopment Project Area Committee (Vice-Chair); North Long Beach Neighborhood Association Deforest Park Chapter (Vice-President); North Long Beach Business Association (Board Member); North Long Beach Community Action Group (Vice President); Citizen Police Complaint Commission (Commissioner); Long Beach Strategic Plan Task Force (Community Safety); Long Beach Veterans Day Parade Committee (Logistic Chair, Committee Chair.)
Mr. Lerch's work on the LB Veterans Day parade from its earliest days reflected his service in the U.S. Coast Guard (June 1969 through March 1993, 12 years active duty + 12 years in the reserves.)
For 15 years, Mr. Lerch provided rock solid support for his wife Janet as she battled the relentlessly debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis. They married in 1971, had two children, and Janet passed away in March 2019.
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