Dan & Debbie Wasson Assistance Fund

My name is Sue Riippa and I am reaching out on behalf of myself and many others to raise money for our longtime friend Dan Wasson to help cover his soaring medical expenses. I have known Dan and his wife Debbie for over 30 years from our mutual interest and love of dogs.

The Backstory
Dan has had issues with his hip joints his entire life and 11 years ago had double hip replacement surgery. All was well until last fall when he contracted a very serious infection near one of the artificial hips. The infection grew worse and he needed to have the hip joint and several inches of femur bone removed. Once the infection cleared up he had to have another artificial hip put in.

Dan has been in the hospital, respite care or rehab alternately since November. The infection has been very difficult to clear up and has come back several times, making it necessary for him to have multiple surgeries. His respite care in between surgeries has meant up to 6 weeks with a spacer (or nothing) where the joint and his infected bone had been. His ability move has been extremely limited while steps were undertaken to get the infection under control.

Dan is on disability and his wife Debbie has been working 3 jobs just to make ends meet. This past week, Debbie lost her main job which had their health insurance coverage. Dan is still facing many weeks in  respite care and rehab before he can even think of going back home.

The Costs
It would take a miracle to cover the costs they are going to face but we are setting a goal of $10,000 to  help put a dent in the medical bills and related expenses.

Give generously. Give whatever you can afford. Dan has a heart of gold and would be the first one to give to someone else in need if he were able.



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    • $35 
    • 36 mos
  • Neeta Rattan 
    • $25 
    • 36 mos
  • Julie Volkheimer 
    • $25 
    • 36 mos
  • Randy Ham 
    • $200 
    • 36 mos
  • Michele Ferrantino 
    • $400 
    • 36 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Sue Fierke Riippa 
Battle Creek, MI
Danial Wasson 
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