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Erika Lyn Huie Downs was one of those people who always went out of her way for others. Inspired by a passion for service, Erika always put the needs of others first—especially children. She was committed to making a difference.

When Erika lost her battle with cancer in 2015, she left a hole in the hearts of her husband Michael, her children Lailah and Justin, her adoring brother David, her amazing mother Violet, and so many more who had known and loved her.

In 2016, her brother established the Erika Lyn Huie Downs Fund, a donor advised fund at The Chicago Community Foundation, in her memory and her honor. Through the Fund, David and other family members will continue Erika’s legacy of giving, and work to fulfill her charitable goals.

To be part of supporting Erika’s legacy, you can make a credit card donation. You may also make a check out to The Chicago Community Foundation, with Erika Lyn Huie Downs Fund in the memo line, and send to The Chicago Community Trust at 225 North Michigan Ave. Suite 2200, Chicago, IL 60601.