I had two sons, Blaine and Eric Marder. On September 20, 1999 Eric died from Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID). He was 28. CVID is a very complicated disease and is difficult to diagnose. It is usually genetic. Most kids diagnosed with CVID present with differing symptoms, but they are all “lumped” into the CVID category. Eric died from low platelets which caused a brain bleed.
Eric was in and out of the hospital from the time he was four years old. CVID attacked different areas at different times; sometimes the red blood cells, sometimes the platelets, sometimes the lungs, and so on. But let me tell you about the Eric people knew:
Eric was a kind, gentle, funny and caring guy. Eric loved cooking and, since he wasn’t able to participate in sports, we did a lot of cooking at our home when he was young. One summer he made chocolate chip cookies and sold them. They were very popular -- we couldn’t keep them in stock!! There was a cooking contest at the state fair when Eric was 15 years old. He submitted a recipe and won a $250 savings bond. Eric went on to graduate from the Culinary Institute in Baltimore and was a chef at an assisted living facility in Tampa, Florida when he died. He loved his job and he was close to the residents, several of whom attended his funeral.
After Eric died, the Eric Marder Scholarship Fund was born, working with the Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF). In the past 10 years we’ve given out between 30 and 45 scholarships each year to students with primary immune deficiency diseases. As of August 2015 Eric’s fund is no longer affiliated with IDF. We are now an independent charity and will continue to accept donations and give out scholarships. Please click on the headings at the top of the page to learn more about our new charity and how to donate and how to apply for scholarships.