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Fred Blom is a 64-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 (34)

May 8, 2018

At the beginning of March, Jeri and I were privileged to attend an event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first heart transplant at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. The attendees were transplant recipients, donor families, those awaiting transplant and guests. The program was a celebration of life with two heart transplant recipients from each decade of the program telling their story; including the first transplant recipient who was only 24 years of age when she received her heart. An 8-year girl told her story of receiving a transplant when she was only a few months old and now awaits a second transplant. All the people described the struggles they endured prior to transplant along with the joy after transplant. Some told of the difficulties with rejection, but expressed their gratefulness of receiving this wonderful gift of life. Jeri and I went away from this celebration with great encouragement and hope.

April 10, 2018

As I write this update, the 6 inches of snow which fell on April 8 has begun to melt. It will hopefully continue the rest of the week. Everyone I talk to is ready for spring.

Last September, we learned that a dual transplant listing for both heart and kidney was a real possibility. A kidney transplant evaluation was needed to determine that outcome. During the last week of March, I had that evaluation and after many appointments, consultations, educational meetings, 23 vials of blood and two urine specimens, it was decided that the kidney transplant was not needed at this time. That is not to say that it might not be necessary at some future time, but not necessary now. Very happy news!
My status on the heart transplant list was put on “hold” for a couple of weeks until this evaluation was completed. On April 6, I received the news that my heart transplant status returned to “active” on that day. That also is very good news.

One very important piece of advice shared by the kidney team, was the possibility of seeking a living kidney donor if kidney transplant was ever needed. A living donor would allow a transplant to take place when needed. I have added the web address of the kidney transplant center for the University of Minnesota Medical Center below. Anyone interested in becoming a living kidney donor can go to this page to learn more and even answer an online questionnaire about becoming a living donor. The questionnaire link will be found on the right side of that internet page.

www.mhealth.org

Another website that provides more information about organ transplants and organ donation is the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). The month of April is National Donate Life Month. This is the network which manages transplant matches across the nation.

unos.org

As time has gone on in this journey, the financial contributions that have been made have been put to good use in paying the ongoing medical expenses. Even though we have raised nearly half of our goal, the available fund level has decreased by paying these expenses and will continue even beyond transplant. Please consider sharing this page with your friends to help spread the word for the need for organ donations and help for those needing organ transplants. Again, thank you to everyone who has helped and supported us in this journey.

Guestbook

May 18, 2018

We are hoping and praying for good health Fred!

Mark Rekow

September 22, 2017

Mr. Blom, my 5th grade teacher. You read us The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and I hung on every word. Thank you for teaching me and inspiring me to become a teacher as well. I'll pray for you.

Melissa Larson (Oakland)

June 24, 2017

I have been following your struggle on Facebook through your wife Jeri! I will continue to lift prayers for your match be found soon. Hugs to you, Jeri, and your whole family

Carolyn Endsley

January 20, 2017

God bless you,Fred, Jerri, and family! Merry Christmas!

Al Johnsrud