Help Barb and Family pay medical expenses

Barb Nelson is 63 years old and and had been working in an Assisted Living Facility in Nutrition Services.  Barb's worked called her one morning because she had not arrived to work, which was very unusual for her.  Barb did answer the phone, but was unable to respond as she had experienced a major stroke.   When Barb was unable to respond her work called 911 and they were able to let her know help was on the way. 
The paramedics showed up to her home and she was brought to the hospital and was then air lifted to St. Cloud Hospital.  It was discovered that Barb's main artery completely blocked and she also had a blood clot in her brain that they removed.
Sadly, Barb has right-side paralysis and has been left non-verbal, her family is unsure what she may understand.  She is unable to make choices for herself and is completely reliant upon her family to make choices for her. 
Because Barb did not have Power of Attorney appointed,  her daughter Jana is unable to  help her apply for social security disability or Medical Assistance.
Barb is going through rehab at the hospital but will need to continue to get more rehab after the hospital, she has a long road ahead of her.  The next year will require many types of therapy: physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy in hopes that she will be as independent as she was before.  Her family is unsure  what her insurance will cover, unsure of where she will be able to get rehabilitation and there is a HUGE need to appoint her daughter Jana as her Power of Attorney and Guardian/Conservator to make sure she has a legal voice that can be heard.   
The legal costs start around $1,500 - $2,000 and the medical costs are sure to be sky high.
Barb and her daughter Jana have spent so many years helping others who are unable to help themselves.  We would like to make sure that now that they are in their time of need that we are helping them.


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Fundraising team: Team Jana and Family (3)

Megan LePlavy 
Raised $50 from 1 donation
Minneapolis, MN
Jana Alm 
Jana Alm 
Team member
Raised $275 from 4 donations
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