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Fred Blom is a 65-year old husband, father, and grandfather who is very ill. After years of struggling with heart disease, specifically cardiomyopathy, he has been diagnosed with end stage congestive heart failure and a heart transplant is his only hope for survival. Fred is one of the nicest guys youʼd ever hope to meet and he needs our help. The cost of a transplant is overwhelming.

Fred grew up in Richfield, Minnesota and graduated from Richfield High School. He went on to Bemidji State University where he studied elementary education. After graduating, Fred was hired by Montevideo schools where he taught for 25 years. You may remember his wife Jeri who taught in the same school district where they met. He continues to work although he is completely dependent on an implanted left ventricle assist device (LVAD) which is a constant flow heart pump. This device was implanted in June, 2016 and is acting as a bridge to transplant. He now awaits transplant through the University of Minnesota Medical Center.

Updates (36)

September 11, 2018

Summer 2018 has ended and an eventful summer it was. The transplant team determined that a kidney transplant was not needed but close monitoring and follow-up visit with the kidney specialist would continue.

The increased risk of the LVAD forming clots was diminished through blood thinning medication adjustments and twice weekly blood draws to assess the numbers. My arms were bruised all summer long, but the clot indicating numbers have now thankfully decreased to levels lower than one year ago.

The downtown fundraiser scheduled at the beginning of June took place but had to be moved from the main street plaza to the Hollywood Theater because of an all day rain which provided us with almost 4 inches of precipitation. Our thanks go out to all who participated by providing food, entertainment, and donations for the silent auction. Thank you to everyone who braved the rainstorm and came downtown to show your support.

On July 13th, I retired. Thank you so much to my employer and all of my co-workers for the tremendous support they demonstrated during the last few years. They all showed up on my last day wearing t-shirts which read “Our Family’s Heart Beats For Fred.” An amazing group of compassionate people!

The end of July and beginning of August found my transplant status to be on hold because of an infection. It cleared up but I remained on “hold” for the rest of the month in order to travel to northern Minnesota and then the Finger Lakes region of New York to visit our daughter, son-in-law, and three grandchildren. It was wonderful to be with them as we only see them once a year.

My status is now “active” on the transplant list with everything looking good. The LVAD is performing well and labs show things are as good as can be expected. Medical costs continue as transplant protocol requires continued tests and follow-up visits every three months. When transplant time arrives, Jeri and I will need to live within an hour of the U of MN Medical Center for about 3 months. Our fundraising goal is still as shown above. Thank you for your support

June 13, 2018

June1 was the annual follow-up with many appointments. The LVAD continues to function well and I continue to feel as well as expected. A concern which has arisen was one lab, which indicates the possibility of a clot forming in the pump…not a good thing, had changed significantly the wrong direction. Medication adjustments were made over the weekend and I will have labs drawn on Monday. If the number decreases, labs will be drawn weekly to keep monitoring. If the number rises, a hospital stay is highly probable. My doctor told us to be prepared for a hospitalization that could last several weeks if this is necessary. This situation could change my status on the transplant list.

Jeri has been working very hard with HelpHopeLive organizing a fund raising event in downtown Montevideo on June 9th from 10 am to 4 pm. Businesses are participating with donations; a percentage of sales, cash donations, or items for a silent auction. There will be face painting, music, bake sale and many other activities. It is our hope that this will become a yearly event to support others in our community and area who may need a transplant of any organ. Please come to downtown Montevideo on Saturday, June 9, for what we hope is a fun event.

Jeri and I are humbled and deeply filled with gratitude for all of you who have supported us with your encouragement, donations, thoughts and prayers. We are blessed to have you as part of our lives. Thank You.

Guestbook

August 15, 2018

Love ya, brother!

Dennis Leahy

July 7, 2018

We love you Fred!

Barry Brace

July 11, 2018

Prayers continue for you and your family.

Bill/Nancy Schuller

July 11, 2018

Praying for a miracle in Jesus Name!

Mary Cole