Lori Thorson Fundraiser

For: Lori Thorson
Organizer: Lori's Family
Lori Thorson Fundraiser (Lori Thorson)
of $25,000 goal
78% Complete
Raised by 147 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

In August 2012, at the age of 38, Lori was diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a fatal, progressive neuromuscular degenerative disease for which there is no cure.  In January 2013, Lori was also diagnosed with Lyme Disease.  

Through this fundraiser, Lori’s family hopes to be able to purchase a wheelchair accessible vehicle and defray medical expenses associated with Lori’s care and remaining in her home.  Lori, her husband, Shawn, and two children, Elisabeth and Ian, live in Alexandria, Minnesota.

A benefit for Lori Thorson was held at St. Mary's Church in Alexandria, MN on March 29, 2014.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 1, 2014

Posted on April 1, 2014

My family and I were completely overwhelmed by the incredible community response for the March 29th benefit held at the Church of St. Mary in Alexandria. 

While the organizers had planned for 450-500 meals, they estimate 750+ were served.  It brings to mind the miracle of the loaves and fishes (is "fishes" a word when used in that context?).  The pulled pork held out (which is the miracle), and a few runs were made for additional beans, coleslaw and soda.  We are grateful to those who did without buns toward the end of the serving... SORRY! 

I don't know where to begin to thank everyone who made the night possible...

Since hand writing is difficult and I cannot possibly thank everyone individually, please extend our sincere gratitude to everyone involved:

THANK YOU to my family (sisters, brothers, moms, dads, nieces, nephews) for all of the laborious planning, silent auction organization, phone calls, purchasing, pick up, set-up, clean up, troubleshooting, problem solving and plain hard work.

THANK YOU to my friends, boss, co-workers, family friends, extended family and volunteers for help with the same. That includes a big THANK YOU to my Douglas County Hospital family for all of the completely unexpected kind and uplifting words posted throughout the gymnasium... You all are the best! 

THANK YOU to the St. Mary parish family and volunteers, Father Steve, Kathy Fischer, custodial staff and religious education students for their tremendous support and help throughout the planning process, serving the dinner, baking and donating goodies/bars, set-up, clean up, and countless other tasks.

THANK YOU to all of the very generous donors and contributors for such an incredible silent auction.  I cried when I saw everything that had been donated; I was absolutely stunned.

THANK YOU to the wonderfully talented musicians who so graciously donated their time and skills entertaining volunteers and attendees: (in order of appearance) Keith Martinson, Kalee Joy Guenther and the Gray Matter Replay Band were fabulous and each "rocked" their own individual style/genre.

THANK YOU to all of the attendees, donors, bidders and the entire community for the overwhelming love and support.  An estimated 1000-1200 people were in attendance, many of whom did not even eat.

THANK YOU to all of you- family, friends, neighbors, and strangers- who have reached out to become the hands and face of Christ to us.  I cannot possibly tell you how much your love and support have meant to us.  Please accept my sincere, heartfelt and deepest gratitude for all of the blessings you have bestowed on me and my family.  May God richly bless you all!

Posted on January 10, 2014

Posted on January 10, 2014

My family and I are completely overwhelmed by the tremendous outpouring of love, prayers and support we have received over the course of the week.   I have been moved to tears many times by the generosity of complete strangers and that of old friends.

I have been contacted by many former schoolmates who I have lost contact with over the years.  I thought I would give an update to tell everyone what I have been doing since highschool. 

In 1995 I graduated from the University of MN, Morris with a degree in Biology and minors in Psychology (good for my GPA) and Chemistry (bad for my GPA).

In September 1996 I married the love of my life and best friend, Shawn Thorson.  And just to set the record straight, we first met when we were 9 years old at a wedding where my sister married Shawn's first cousin (it sounds illegal, but it's not).  Shawn and his cousins were mean to me and would not let me play tag.  In December of that same year (1996, if I have confused you), I graduated from the University of MN, Twin Cities with a degree in Medical Technology and began working at Douglas County Hospital.

During the past 17 years it has been my pleasure to work in the Laboratory and Pathology departments of DCH with some of the finest people I have ever met- kind, geniune, hardworking, smart and caring.  I most recently acted as the Chemistry Department Supervisor (does anyone see the irony?) until September 2013 when it became necessary to begin Medical Leave.

Also during the past 17 years, Shawn and I were blessed with two strong, kind, funny, smart, beautiful (I am their mother) children:  Elisabeth in 1998 and Ian in 2001. They are incredibly patient with and helpful to me. 

Some concerned sweet souls have contacted me to tell me that Lyme disease and ALS can have similar symptoms, a fact of which we are aware.  I wanted to let everyone know that I had a PICC line placed in January 2013, and we have been aggressively treating the Lyme since, to no apparent avail.

That said, I also want everyone to know that I have had a good life.  I could not ask for a kinder, better friend and companion than Shawn.  He has been strong for me when I could not be, and at the same time, patient, tender and loving.  He is the best friend and the truest love I have ever known.

My children are the light of my life and what keeps me going; they are why I get out of bed each day.  They are my legacy and my future and I could not be more proud of both of them.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this fundraiser.  Thank you for helping me to stay with my family and participate in their lives to the best of my ability every day. Thank you for allowing us to see the face of God through you.

Posted on January 8, 2014

Posted on January 8, 2014

Today is the third day of the Lori Thorson Fundraiser and we are almost a third of the way to our goal!  A huge thank you to everyone who has shared this website with coworkers, family, and friends.

We cannot thank you enough for your donations, kind words and support!

Lori & Family

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