Monday, November 16, 2009

Update on Fred Nehls Condition and NEW Raffle Items

Hello All,
Thought I would give you a quick update on Fred and show you the additional new items donated for the raffle.

First, let me say that Fred continues to have his good days and his bad days. Keeping up his spirits is getting harder to do. The longer he waits for his transplant the more his spirits lower. I keep telling him I have enough strength, faith, and positive attitude for the both of us and will not allow him to give up.

Fred did have a nasty fall a couple of weeks ago and injured his ribs and was getting better but then he fell again last night and reinjured his ribs. I hope the doctor doesn't think I'm abusing him. We have had trouble finding anyone or place to give him an H1N1 vaccination so he continues to wait for the Lincoln Health Dept. to let us know when they have some vaccinations. He continues to have small amounts of blood on his pillowcases but the doctor says not to worry that this is common and placed him on iron and periodically gets infusions of platelets.

As for me...I have my strong days and days that I lean on my faith, family, and my good friends to get me through the rough patches. Don't know what I would do without my mother, sisters, brothers and my good friends: Belinda Harris, Sally Snyder, Jean Ahrens, Carol Spencer, Mary Geibel, Kathy Fisher, and her sister Donna, my nieces (who always call, write, or e-mail) Olivia, Misty, Lisa, and Glenda, and of course my sons, Scott and Jeff, who do so much to help us and make things easier for me to focus on Fred.

I'd also like to thank those wonderful Nebraska Librarians, Library Staff,System Administrators, Commissioners (past and present), and Media Specialist who have keep Fred and I in their thoughts and prayers and made donations or purchased raffle tickets.

When my faith begins to weaken someone always seems to come forward that makes me remember that God will not forget me. I have been blessed to meet some wonderful people...I call them my gifts from God. Thanks to all of you!!

As for the new items donated to the raffle, I would like to thank Donna Hunter and Kathy Fisher for the wonderful prints by Sandi Gore Evans and the great Santa stature that can be used inside or outside. I'd also like to thank Joel Sartore, a wonderful photographer who's taken photos for National Geographic and many photos that he puts into his books.

Nebraska Under aBig Red Sky by Joel Sartore

Tickets for this wonderful book with color photos by Joel Sartore can be purchased for $2.00 apiece or 6 for $10.00. Drawing will be held December 20.

Santa Statue

Raffle tickets for this beautiful statue of Santa can be purchased for $5.00 per ticket or 5 tickets for $20. 00. Drawing will be December 20.

Prints of Original Paintings by Sandi Gore Evans
Sandi Gore Evans' life was dedicated to making art that would reflect the simple joys and honest pleasures of our world. Inspired by her loving family, close friends and cozy Midwestern home, she used her brushes and pens to express a bit of the wonder that she always found in everyday life. Delighting in the beauty of simple things, Sandi's art offers a fresh outlook to life. Her characters are sure to bring out the smiles in everyone. Sandi passed away Sepember 20, 2002 from cancer.

Raffle tickets for these beautiful prints can be purchased for $5.00 per ticket or 5 tickets for $20. 00. Drawing will be December 20.

If you would rather give a donation instead of purchase raffle ticket you can send donations 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.

You can also use Paypal:


Raffle Tickets for Raffle Items

Raffle Ticket


Thank you!

Please send check for raffle tickets to:
Fred Nehls Transplant Fund
C/O Maria Medrano-Nehls
1259 South 21st Street, Apt. 2
Lincoln, NE 68502




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