Karen M. Adkinson (2001)
Karen M. Adkinson was very aware of the seriousness of Sickle Cell. Her husband Scott died of the disease, leaving her with three beautiful children (Scotti Jr., Shelby and Stuart). Karen died in December of 2001 from an aneurysm. Her oldest son Scotti Jr. died in September of 2003 of Sickle Cell. He was 26 years old and left behind a wife and two daughters.
Karen was a Special Education teacher who always taught her students to work hard and to give of themselves to others. She always gave of herself as a daughter, wife, mother, sister, friend, and colleague. She continued to study on the subject matter of sickle cell and prayed often for a cure for the dreaded disease. It is due to her dedication as a person and educator that the staff and students at Emerson Elementary have dedicated a week of activities in her memory for the past five years.
Michael E. Jackson 1968-1998
Michael Edward Jackson was born February 8, 1968 at University Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. As the third child of four from parents Dr. Edgar B. Jackson, Jr. and Mrs. Thelma R. Jackson Michael was an active and loving son and brother to Gary, David and Laura. Despite battling with sickle cell disease since the age of three, Michael was actively involved in a number of activities. He was a member of the Glenville Church of God and was pastored by his loving friend, Charles Goodman. He was also a Crisis Counselor for the Phoenix Society.
In 1998 memorial donations were made in honor of Michael that was used to create ASCAA's webpage.