Update #3: Wednesday January 8 2020. Sandra is making slow, but steady progress as she recovers from her surgery. Some days are better than others, but as today is a particularly good day, I thought it appropriate to share my joy with everyone. She has had a difficult time communicating since the operation. Today I showed her some of your beautiful cards and words of encouragement. She is able to read them and understand them, and I know she greatly appreciates the amount of love and support she is receiving from all of you. A very sincere thank you to all who have donated, texted and written to her. She is very blessed to have so much support from so many wonderful people.
Update #2: Friday December 27 2019. On Thursday December 26th, Sandra received her transplant surgery. Early reports indicate that the surgery went well. More to come...
Update #1: As of Monday December 23 2019, Sandra is officially on the transplant waiting list! Best Christmas ever :)
We love you, Sandra!!
Sandra Toews was raised in a Mennonite family in a small community in Barron County Wisconsin. She obtained her GED and Associates Of Arts And Science degree from UW Barron County Campus in 1999. She went on to become an office administrator, started her own rubber stamping business, and later became a Mary Kay consultant. In August 2017, Sandra fell seriously ill and was hospitalized and diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension. Even though her illness left her very fatigued and physically hampered, she continued to work towards achieving her dream of a college degree and a fulfilling career. From 2012 to 2018, Sandra attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She graduated summa cum laude, obtaining a bachelors degree In Business Administration with a major in Accounting. Her health continued to decline, which eventually required her to be hospitalized again in May 2018. Due to the severity of her condition, she was transferred from Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire to Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, where she was put on a portable IV delivering medication 24 hours a day. In August of 2019, she contracted a blood infection and was air lifted from Eau Claire to the University of Minnesota Medical Center where she remained in the ICU for 12 days. She recovered from the infection, but her health continued to deteriorate to the point that she was unable to work and required constant care. On December 2, 2019 she was again admitted to Abbott Northwestern Hospital where she was placed on life support. On Sunday December 15, Sandra was airlifted to Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California where she remains on life support and is in desperate need of a heart and lung transplant. Insurance will be covering a portion of her medical expenses, but a large amount of the additional expenses following the procedure will not be covered. We are hoping and praying a donor is found in the very near future in order for the lifesaving surgery and transplant to be successful.
We are hoping to raise money to help Sandra cover her rapidly increasing medical expenses, now and during her long journey to recovery. Your contribution to this fund, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated and received with a grateful heart.