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This is the Richard "Lumpy" Lundblom Medical Fund. The funds will be used for Richard's medical expenses not covered by insurance.

My fun-loving brother, Richard "Lumpy" Lundblom, has always been super healthy and the life of the party. However, on June 4, 2012 Richard suffered a massive stroke. He has several blood clots and much swelling in his brain. The doctors are currently doing a careful dance of dissolving the blood clots without causing more brain swelling. Needless to say this has been quite an emotional week for Richard’s family. And as I have watched Richard lying in his hospital bed over the past few days, I have been reminded of how much I used to be in awe of my big brother. I had forgotten that I used to think of Richard as my hero.
As a big brother he has always looked out for me, as most big brothers do. When I was five years old, an older kid who lived down the street pushed me off my bike and took off with it. When Richard saw my tears and scraped legs, he marched down the street to that kid's house and within minutes I had my bike back with a promise that that kid would not bother me ever again. I don't know what my brother did, but I can tell you I was never bothered by that kid again. Richard was my hero that day.
Richard’s acts of heroism continued into our adulthood. Several times while I was in college, I called Richard to help me with car troubles. He would drive the 20 miles north to Newton to fix the alternator or the ignition switch or to change the battery of my 1979 Pontiac. I remember calling him late one rainy night when I had a flat tire and was stuck in the “wrong part” of Wichita. Even though he had worked all day and was spending time with his wife, he came and rescued me once again. My hero.
And in the summer of 1992 when I realized that I was dating a guy who was, how shall we say, a loser, Richard assisted this guy out of my life. Not sure how he did it and it doesn’t matter. All I knew is that he was once again my hero.
In 2004, I watched as Richard held my mom’s hand as she rested in her casket and promised her that he would take care of Dad. Even though it put a strain on his life and his family, Richard, along with his wife, took care of Dad, preparing meals, giving Dad his medications, driving Dad to doctors’ visits, etc until Dad passed away four years later. And he did this with very little help from me, because I was busy raising babies during this time. My hero.
And there are many more stories of Richard’s rescues that have flooded my mind this week. I am sorry that it took a stroke to remind me of all the great things my big brother did for me. As a married woman, I suppose that my husband has taken on the role of hero in my life. But I realize now that I can have two heroes. There are not enough words to express what my brother means to me and how grateful I am to have him in my life.
After he is discharged from the hospital, Richard will need to go to a rehab hospital for several weeks. And the possibility of outpatient therapy after that is great. I know Richard’s health insurance will not cover all the costs of his care. Please consider donating to help with his medical bills. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
Darla Lundblom Stonehouse
aka Lumpy’s Little Sister
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