Friday, July 17, 2009

A Message From Maria Medrano-Nehls

As some of you know – my husband Fred has been on a liver transplant list for over a year. We have been told that the surgery will cost approximately $450,000. This cost does not include the cost of assisting surgery staff or medication and other medical supplies needed upon release. My insurance and his Medicare will cover a lot of the cost but our out-of- pocket expense will still run over $10,000.

Also, part of our agreement with the UNMC Transplant Center is that the care taker (ME) must stay at the facility as long as the patient does because they teach you how to care for the transplant patient. This will allow you to be confident to care for your patient when you get home. This means that I MUST take off 6-8 weeks of work. I have completed the paper work for an unpaid Family Leave of Absence. Since I have no vacation or sick time left I will have NO income during this time. I was encourage to start some fundraising events to raise money to assist with the medical expenses as well as my health insurance which I must pay while on leave and to cover the expenses it will take to keep our home and vehicle running until I go back to work and get a paycheck.
In order to help me with expenses I have set up a special account at 1st National Bank of Omaha and a couple of people have offered to help me by offering various things to be raffled. Please share this information with family and friends.

Donations can be sent to:
Fred Nehls, Transplant Medical Expenses
1st National Bank of Omaha
134 S 13th St # 100
Lincoln, NE 68508
Please make checks payable to: Fred Nehls Transplant Medical Expenses.

B&B Package - My sister-in-law owns a beautiful bed & breakfast in the Amana Colonies in Iowa. She has offered a package which includes a one-night stay at Annie’s Garden Guest House, a historical 1893 elegant B&B which offers a full home-cooked breakfast, gardens, patios, Wi-Fi, bicycles and private bathrooms. (, a $50 gift card to Ronneburg Restaurant ( and two (2) tickets to The Old Creamery Theatre Company ( tickets must be used by December 20, 2009.

If you’ve never visited the Amana Colonies ( you are missing out on one of the greatest places in Iowa. The beauty of the Amana Colonies is the history of one of America’s longest lived communal societies. The Colonies begin in 1714 in the villages of Germany and continues today on the Iowa prairie. The Amana Colonies have stayed true to their heritage and strive to keep their villages as they were in Germany. You will see historical brick streets, stone and clapboard homes with their beautiful flower and vegetable gardens, and their antiqued lanterns. There are many things to see and do in the Amana Colonies so don’t miss out on this great package to visit this beautiful area.

Raffle tickets for this package are: $5.00 for one or 4 for $15.00.

Handmade Quilt – This beautiful handmade quilt was made and donated by Cindy Done. Cindy makes a quilt a week and has made more than 500 handmade quilts in the past nine years. This quilt is 63” x 51” which would work great for a twin bed, lap blanket, or wall hanging. Below are pictures of the quilt.

This picture shows you the whole pattern.

This is a close up of the design.clip_image001

Raffle tickets for the quilt are: $5.00 for one or 4 for $15.00.


Fred Nehls
Transplant Medical Expenses RAFFLE
$5.00 per ticket or 4 for $15
Raffle to be held September 15, 2009. Winners need not be present to win.

Name: _______________________________
Address: _____________________________
E-mail: _______________________________
Item: __________________________________
Thank You!

Please make checks payable to:
Maria Medrano-Nehls
1259 South 21st Street, Apt. 2
Lincoln, NE 68502


  1. Dont forget to add the $100 Pampered Chef!

  2. Dear Maria and Fred,

    We read your story on GalleyCat and have just sent a donation directly to your bank, and posted a message on Twitter.

    Best wishes to you both,

    Davina & Paul