Moundsville Native Needs Help Getting Back Home After Becoming Ill in China


A local school is working to bring a man home who is the victim of very unfortunate circumstances.

John Berisford, from Moundsville, went to China to teach English, but got sick and went into a coma while he was there.

His family was told he can’t get back home unless they pay up front for his medical bills, and that’s a rising total of about $96,000. 

Berisford graduated from John Marshall High School and a couple teachers got together to create a fund raiser to bring him home.

“It matters to me because John was a friend of mine growing up, and he is someone I had a lot of great laughs with and a lot of great memories. And I just wouldn’t want my child or my brother to be in a hospital in a coma and nobody caring enough to help support that so you know, I just thought I would challenge the students here at the school to help us bring him home,” said Agriculture and Environmental Education Teacher Nicole Shipman.

The fundraiser went on during homecoming and spirit week, and the deadline is Friday, October 3.

As of Tuesday they were about half way to their goal of $5,000. If the Monarchs reach it, Miss Shipman has promised to shave her head.

The family has about $23,500 of the $96,000 they need. Donations can be taken to John Marshall High School or the Bayer Heritage Federal Credit Union in Moundsville.

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