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The family of Lori Hellerud are raising money to help pay for funeral expenses. Please show your would be greatly appreciated!

   Lori Hellerud (my sister) passed away on Oct. 9, 2012 after complications with asthma/COPD. She went into cardiac arrest on 10/5 after suffering a severe asthma attack. She was flat-lined when the paramedics arrived, at which time they did resuscitate her. After over 2 1/2 hrs on a hand vent, dr's finally got the ventalator to work, but she still wasn't moving much air- her lungs just didn't want to open back up.
   Her body temp was lowered to preserve brain function- but during re-warming, the dr's noticed her pupils were fixed and dialated--she had suffered brain damage from lack of oxygen. After many tests, she was declared brain dead.
   We kept her on life support so recipients of her organs -which was her wish to be an organ donor- were found.
   Unfortunately, Lori had no life insurance and no other funds set aside to put towards her funeral--which was held on Oct. 12, 2012. That financial responsibility falls on us, as her family. We are trying to raise funds to help pay for the funeral and other expenses incurred during this very difficult time. Part of monies raised will help to get her son an urn for his mother's ashes. Any amount will help as it all adds up.
   Thank you, in advance, for any and all support/help!! FYI- all 4 recipients of Lori's organs (heart, 2 kidneys, & liver) have made it through their surgeries and are doing great - according to the organ donation organization. (Shannon Johns, 218 E 8th St. Kaukauna, WI 54130)
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