In Memory of Sandra Hay Bryson

Our beloved mother, wife, sister, aunt, and friend was tragically and suddenly taken from us on the
19th of December 2007 at a young age of 50 after a routine operation and then acquiring a C.diff. infection, leading to her death 4 days later.

I am Lesley, daughter of Sandra Hay Bryson, and I have decided to join a team and push myself physically, mentally, and emotionally by stepping completely outside of my comfort zone and participating in ‘Tough Mudder’ in
June 2018 . I will be running in my Mum’s memory and to help ‘Raise C.diff. Awareness.’

Your show of support with a donation will be greatly appreciated to help promote C.diff. Awareness’ worldwide with the C Diff Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit global organization, established in 2012, and comprised of 100% volunteering professionals dedicated at supporting public health through education and advocating for
C. difficile infection (CDI) prevention, treatments, environmental safety, and support worldwide. Join us and help save lives.  Thank You,  Lesley Bryson and Family.



Von Lee Guerich, 77 of Greenwood Missouri. Passed away on April 16, 2016. Born May 28, 1938 in Leavenworth Kansas. Von was the daughter of the late Walter M. Coffey and Hazel E Coffey. She is survived by her husband of 58
years, Jerome Guerich; a son Timothy Guerich of Palmdale California; two
daughters, Cheri Morrison and husband Steve of Plano Texas; and
Patricia Guerich of Seal Beach California; 8 grandchildren
and 12 great-grandchildren.

Von Lee was a homemaker living in Greenwood Missouri for 8 years and prior to that lived in California where Von and Jerry raised their family. Von loved her church, and enjoyed sewing clothes and purses. She enjoyed making household cleaning products and talking on the phone with her children. Von loved doing things with her husband Jerry like camping and going to the movies. They were true sweethearts. Von also enjoyed decorating her home in which she took great pride. Von was the greatest wife, most loving mother, and grandmother, and always put her family first. She will be missed tremendously. 

Memorial services will be conducted at 10:00 AM on July 2, 2016 at Sacred Heart Church in
Palmdale CA. The family will receive friends at Tim Guerich’s residence, immediately following the service. 

The C Diff Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3), has been chosen by Von Lee Guerich’s family.  It is a lovely gesture to have the opportunity to honor Von Lee Guerich through a memorial donation that will make a difference in saving  lives of those diagnosed and suffering from this life-threatening infection here in the U.S. and around the world.

A memorial donation and your support helps the C Diff Foundation provide a wide range of programs, such as education, advocacy for C. diff. infection prevention, treatments, support, and environmental safety worldwide, training of volunteer patient advocates (VPA’s) across the globe through educational workshops, supplying life-saving medications for those afflicted with this infection from young children to seniors, building satellite branches across the globe, presenting educational workshops in medical schools, improving and expanding the C. difficile infection awareness, providing global tele-conferencing support sessions in mental health counseling, long-term illnesses, the prevention, treatments, environmental safety with nutritional education for each patient and their families living through a C. difficile infection in the U.S., worldwide — and so much more.

We are working together and dedicated at raising C. diff. awareness to witness a decrease in newly diagnosed C. difficile infections worldwide and through your memorial donation in Von Lee Guerich’s name you will help us meet our goals.

C Diff Foundation will include a personalized memorial card to be sent to the person or the family of the person in whose name the donation was made. All benefactors can trust that their online donations are safe and secure through the PayPal system.

Help Us Help Others – Donate Today

If you would like to make a Memorial Donation by check, please make the check payable to “C Diff Foundation” which can be mailed to the main office.  Please include your name, address and a mention  of Memorial Donation for Von Lee Guerich .   Thank you.

C Diff Foundation
6931 Ian Court, #14
New Port Richey, FL 34653

If you have any questions, please contact us M-F 8a-5p ET  (919)-201-1512

In Loving Memory Of Von Lee Guerich ♥


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In Memory of James C. (J.C.) Skaggs
January 20, 1926 – February 13, 2013

Thank you for visiting the C. diff. survivors website, an affiliate to the  C Diff Foundation, and our memorial honoring J.C. Skaggs.  

J.C. was a remarkable man –and although from modest beginnings, through his hard work and good nature he became a successful business owner and respected community leader. He encompassed what it means to be a tolerant, forgiving and honorable man.  Most importantly, he was a dedicated husband, a caring and loving father, and a loyal friend to many.  He had a quick sense of humor and a gracious, kindly heart that shown through even during his difficult, prolonged hospitalization.  Sadly he passed away in February 2013, due to complications from an extremely stubborn C. diff. infection.  14,000 people die every year from this infection, which is especially threatening to Seniors and those in hospitals or in care facilities. Ironically, the current treatment for the infection also wipes out the only form of prevention – good bacteria.  

We miss him immeasurably, and see his influence in the daily details of our lives.  However, J.C. was nothing if not always upbeat, and would want us to remember his principles, and to continue to see the positive and joyful side of life.

From July 1 – August 10th, we partnered with the C Diff Foundation to honor J.C. during this very special time in our lives, and as a way to remember him in our wedding celebration. 

The support has helped the Foundation continue to collaborate with healthcare organizations and industry professionals to fulfill their mission in educating and advocating for C. difficile infection prevention, treatments, and environmental safety worldwide.

We thank you for all of your support and kindness, and hope you find inspiration in J.C.’s legacy.  

Warm regards,

JoBeth Skaggs, Bob Soule and Betty Skaggs

In Loving Memory Of James C. (J.C.) Skaggs  ♥

Michael J. Caralla, Sr.


It was to be a simple intervention while physicians collaborated to determine a permanent route to correct a “Christmas tree bladder.” Our father was diagnosed, by the urologist, with a broad, flat, and smooth-walled urinary bladder with a flaccid base and a jagged superior funneling into the posterior urethra, which is typical of spastic neurogenic bladder. This is a finding by cystography that may be mimicked by outlet obstruction with superimposed urinary tract infections – better known as a pine cone or Christmas tree bladder.

The immediate intervention was to insert an indwelling urinary catheter. The catheter was frowned upon, as it was an instrument being introduced into a closed system that opens a door for bacteria, like a wick in a candle, to enter. Within 40 days after the original plan of care and intervention, our father was diagnosed with urosepsis. (Sepsis and Urinary Tract Infections)

He was admitted through the ED, then to ICU, where the nightmare began. To briefly sum up the chain of events that took place over 45 days, it went something like this: One admission through ED at a local community hospital for 21 days – urosepsis, mechanical ventilation, skin breakdown on coccyx (stage III, which later tested positive for MRSA), central line fungemia, C. difficile. (Sepsis and C. Difficile) He was finally discharged to home for 24 hours, then transported with an external respirator to a medical center, which led to a direct admit to ICU. There our father was treated for all the above for another 24 days, where he recovered three times from the sepsis/respiratory complications, yet he passed away from what the death certificate read: multi-organ failure related to sepsis.

Each infection played a part into the breakdown of every system. The infectious disease physicians told us that there were micro-organisms, “superbugs,” growing that they could not identify, for that is how grossly infected this one body had become.

The entire ordeal could have been prevented, as many infections are preventable with sterile technique, good aseptic technique, and hand-washing by everyone, including the patient.

We send our heart felt condolences to the millions who have lost loved ones from sepsis. We empathize with the patients who have taken this journey and survived. I too am no stranger to sepsis, for in 2010, from an asymptomatic UTI, I was diagnosed with urosepsis and admitted from the ED directly to ICU for 14 days while out of state on vacation.

Everyone is prone to being diagnosed with any of the superbugs, and/or with an infection that can advance to sepsis. The education, and raising awareness the Sepsis Alliance, with fellow foundations worldwide, will help in witnessing a decline in newly diagnosed sepsis cases, which is a shared goal.

Nancy Caralla is the founder of the C Diff Foundation.

Source: by Nancy Caralla (Michael’s daughter)

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