Lianne Dennstedt Memorial Fund

For: Lianne Dennstedt
Murrieta, CA
Organizer: Shawn Dennstedt
Lianne Dennstedt Memorial Fund (Lianne Dennstedt)
of $40,000 goal
65% Complete
Raised by 351 donors

The Story

People are curious how Lianne contracted meningitis. This is what her medical team thinks:

Nineteen year old Lianne was just beginning her sophomore year at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff as an Environmental Science major.

Lianne showed up at school on August 26, 2017 with a sore throat. Over the following days, her sore throat became so infected that the infection traveled through the tissues of her throat into her jugular veins. Blood clots developed in her jugular veins and became infected as well.

Simultaneously, the infection traveled backward through the tissues of her neck into her spinal column where her spinal fluid became infected. The infected spinal fluid is what caused the brain to become infected and swell (meningitis).

At some point, the blood clot in her right jugular broke up and all the tiny infected blood clots made their way into her lungs causing the pneumonia.

All this happened over the course of about five days. It was very fast moving and acting. Lianne's condition was caused by a bacteria, but it was not from an outside source, the bacteria came from inside her own body.

No one is to blame. People get sick. Even in the good ole United States of America, good people get sick.

Meningitis, though rare, is prevalent on college campuses and military bases. Places where large groups of young people are housed in close proximity.

My advice would be to ensure your college students receive their meningitis booster shot and to seek treatment for illnesses sooner rather than later.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 15, 2018


Posted on March 15, 2018

Hello all,

Just thought you might be interested to know that Jaimee has been accepted to NAU and will start classes this summer to - in Jaimee's words - "Finish what Lianne started." Jaimee will be majoring in education to fulfill her desire (at this point) to become a teacher. Now to figure out how to pay for it lol. Fortunately there is still a little left over in Lianne's fund that I will be transferring into Jaimee's account.

This Sunday marks six months since Lianne passed away. We are all doing as well as can be expected, but it has definitely been challenging.

For all of you in the Flagstaff area this summer, keep your eyes open for Jaimee. Be sure to say hi and give her a hug...we still need as many of those as we can get.


Posted on October 30, 2017

Posted on October 30, 2017

Greetings All, this will most likely be my final update on Lianne's page. I plan to keep this page active so we can look back at any time and remember all the kindness and generosity we found here as well as re-read all your wonderful comments.

To date, this fund has received donations from nearly 350 sources. That absolutely blows my mind!

I received email notifications of every single donation, so even if you chose to donate "anonymously," I still know who you are.

I wish that I had the time and resources to thank every single one of you individually, but I simply don't.  Lianne passed away just 42 days ago and we are still facing a lot of personal and emotional challenges as we work our way through the grieving process. Some wounds will never heal.

Please know that we thank you all from the very bottom of our hearts for the generosity and support (both financial and emotional) you have shown to us during this most difficult of times. We will make every effort to pay it forward in the future.

Blessings to you all,


Posted on October 10, 2017

Posted on October 10, 2017

I watched my little girl be lowered into the ground this morning under a beautifully cloudless blue sky.

I will miss most the conversations we would have had about life. Feel free to visit my dreams anytime...

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to this campaign, your donations helped immeasurably.

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