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Hope for Annette

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It all started about 1 year ago when Annette noticed a heaviness in her legs. It proceeded to get worse and she began to trip when walking.  About 3 months ago Annette went to neurologist in Grand Forks. The neurologist was not able to come up with a diagnosis but she thought it was something genetic.  A month later Annette saw a Neurologist at the U of M and a few weeks later she received the worst new possible.  “Annette, I believe you have Genetic ALS”.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a group of rare neurological diseases that mainly involve the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscle movements, like chewing, walking, and talking. The disease is progressive, meaning the symptoms get worse over time. Currently, there is no cure for ALS and no effective treatment to halt, or reverse, the progression of the disease.  But Annette is full of energy and life and is determined to fight this.  

Annette has a husband, Brian of 33 years, two children Ryan(Kayla) Bruggeman and Stephanie (Cody) Peters.  They have 3 beautiful granddaughters with 1 on the way.  She loves to cook, sew, craft, sit by fire and have a cold one, play with her pets, and ride her Harley.  This Go Fund Me will time away from work.  We are researching Stem Cell therapy which is approx. $10,000 per treatment and could take up to 8 treatments. All donations are greatly appreciated. 

Please keep Annette and her family in your prayers as we fight ALS.


  • Colleen Anderson
    • $30 
    • 6 yrs

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Janette Braaten
Plummer, MN
Annette Bruggeman

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