Fight Like a Soldier

Alyssa Gruender is a member of the US Army and was hospitalized on Halloween of 2019. While having lunch with her fiancé, Alyssa lost her speech, slurring her words, and losing her ability to formulate a sentence.

She was taken to the hospital immediately and underwent multiple tests, where no diagnosis was found. With her symptoms getting worse, she was transferred to multiple hospitals and on November 1st, she experienced a major tonic clonic seizure, lasting nearly 3 mins. This sparked a long road of testing, hospital stays, and lead doctors to believe this all stemmed from something in her brain. This lead to the decision of having a brain biopsy on December 11th.

Alyssa still has not received a diagnosis, as her experiences are rare, but now continues all doctors’ appointments at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, staying overnight more times than not in the last two months. The amount of time in the future that she will continue being readmitted is also unknown.

Alyssa’s parents, Brian and Laura, have other children that they have heavily had to rely on family and friends caring for, while they continue to care for Alyssa in the hospital. Being away from their other children has been extremely hard, however they are determined to fight right alongside their loving daughter. The expense of their travels, extensive hospitals stays, dozens of MRI’s, CT scans, and brain surgery, has been astronomical.


Alyssa is a fighter, and while we are unsure of what the future will look like, we are confident that her army of prayer warriors will carry her, Sean, and their families through this.

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  • Mike Marquissee  
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    • $25 
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Organizer and beneficiary

Sean McGann 
Organizer
Baraboo, WI
Laura Gruender 
Beneficiary
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