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In May 2016, our mom, Susan Ellingsen, had an adverse reaction to a medication and was hospitalized to reduce the swelling. During her stay, she developed a blood infection and lost the function of her kidneys. She began hemodialysis emergently and has since become stabilized on dialysis. However, this treatment is full of risks and we were told that life expectancy on dialysis is one to five years. Mom’s best option to be around for her grandchildren (the loves of her life!) is transplantation.

Those who know mom (and feel free to share by guestbook messages on this page), know that she lived her life to raise her four children, two of whom had extensive medical issues. She put in endless sleepless nights and dealt with hospital stays and heartbreak to see her children through. Mom has always been a mom to more than her own children. She made our home a place where all our friends wanted to come and they felt comfortable and safe. Mom lovingly raised her kids and moved on to care for the elderly and work as a teacher’s aide at an elementary school. Mom never wanted to get the help, she wanted to be the help. Now we are asking for support for this amazing woman that has given her life to serving others.

Updates (1)

August 17, 2017

Hey everyone! A fundraiser is this weekend on Sunday at 1pm at Andoras in Schererville. It will be a great time. Please come out and support! Thanks!


August 28, 2017

Hey there Mama Susie! One of my friends, Jose Aguilera, gave me some cash to I did! I hope the lunch was a success!

Caitlin M-G

August 21, 2017

I am sorry we were out of town for the fundraiser. You are always in the Nelson's thoughts and prayers.

The Nelson Family

August 21, 2017

Abbey says she loves you for your kindness and gentle voice. I am sorry we forgot about the fundraiser. Please accept our donation. You and your family will remain in our prayers.

Michelle and Abbey Masterson