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This fundraiser ended on 08/15/12

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Please help family and friends of the Sundell Family raise funds to cover medical costs and related expenses after two heart transplants.

In 2000 Mark Sundell was diagnosed with Heart Disease after years of symptoms. He was given a life expectancy of five years and told he would not be able to work again. In 2002 Mark's youngest daughter Marisa was diagnosed with Heart Disease at the age of ten. After two years of being teased for having to go to school with a picc line, getting a defibrillator put in, and multiple trips in and out of the hospital, Marisa underwent a heart transplant in 2005. Although the doctors told Mark it would cause too much stress on his heart to work in the hard labor industry, he continued to do so to support his family of four and the never ending pile of medical bills. He also tried to compensate for the job loss of his wife Nina in this time of economic hardship where local jobs are few and far between. As his condition worsened he had several defibrillators put in (including one defective one that needed replacing). He also had many life threatening episodes, multiple hospital stays, and to make matters worse, his wife was unable to find a job locally and was forced to move to Minot, North Dakota to keep the family afloat. This week the family received the news that a heart was available for Mark. After thirteen years of illness, a light at the end of the tunnel had arrived. Mark underwent heart transplant surgery on July 21, 2012. As he is recovering, his wife is trying to figure out how she can keep this family together, and move back home to help Mark recover from this major surgery. Please help the Sundell Family get back on track. It has been thirteen long years of financial hardship and it is time this family had their head above the water. They are very grateful that they have been blessed with second chances, and appreciate all the love, support, and prayers. Family Members: Nina Sundell Wife Briena Sanchez Daughter Kelly Sundell Daughter Jeremy Shepard Son Marisa Sundell Daughter Brandon Sundell Son

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