Rally to Recovery for Jim Dressen

The Dressen family could use your help!!

Jim Dressen, 51— husband to Michelle, father to Adam, 23 and Sarah, 18—was diagnosed
viral meningiitis and hospitalized on Aug. 31. He was released Sept. 4 and went home to recover. He did not recover and progressively got worse. Finally, after much persistence, his primary care doctor referred him back to an Infectious Disease doctor, who immediately readmitted Jim into the hospital on Sept. 29 for more tests. Three weeks and several spinal taps, MRIs, CT scans and even a brain biopsy still did not reveal the underlying cause of Jim’s severe spinal and brain lining swelling. He is currently in rehab, and has a long road to recovery ahead of him.

So, lots of people get sick, why start a GoFundMe page?

To compound matters, Jim lost his job at the end of last year, and was actively doing handyman work and beginning an exciting new journey as a sales rep. He has been out of work for 9 weeks and counting, which is the impetus for this page.

How will my donation be helpful?

This has been very stressful on the family. Michelle works full time and Sarah is in school and works 20 hours a week. Between daily trips to the hospital and work schedules, the family is stretched thin. Rather than meals (dietary and work schedules makes this difficult!), the Dressen family is reaching out for funds they can use for gas, uber, food, mounting medical bills and future co-pays while they support Jim in his recovery. He will require many follow-up doctor visits and out-patient rehab upon his release. Funds raised on this page would allow Jim to focus on a full recovery, not on how to pay expenses.

Thank you!

This was not an easy decision for the family to agree to ask for help and every donation is humbly appreciated and received with a heartfelt thank you.

  • Lisa Benenfeld 
    • $50 
    • 45 mos
  • Bob & Sandy Grandstaff 
    • $50 
    • 45 mos
  • Judith and Joseph Klarberg 
    • $50 
    • 45 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 45 mos
  • Pamela Habrowski 
    • $250 
    • 45 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Beth Wagner Cohen 
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Michelle Wagner Dressen 
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