About two years ago, the foundation was contacted by Judy and her husband
Jimmy. They lived in North Dakota where Jimmy was a member of Local 1091 of
the Carpenters union in Bismarck, where he worked as a millwright. They traveled
together to many of the states across the upper Midwest for construction projects
Jimmy’s firm worked on. On many of these projects, Jimmy was the foreman.
Jimmy suffered a stroke which brought with it many ancillary medical issues. The
foundation helped them remodel their bathroom for accessibility in 2020.
In June 2021 Jimmy passed away unexpectedly in his sleep.
Years of hard work on the family dairy farm resulted in mobility issues for Judy.
She struggles with degeneration of her vertebrae, severe osteoarthritis of her knee
which will require surgery, heart issues and other medical complications. She was
declared disabled shortly after Jimmy’s passing. The winter of 2021/22 has been
difficult for Judy, and she reached back out to the foundation for one additional
request for assistance after the first couple of major snowfalls. She sought heated
mats for a ramp and deck area by her door.
Due to the loyalty of our donors, the foundation was able to grant her request.
After the mats were installed Judy wrote, “Thank you again for your help. It has
been difficult since Jimmy’s passing, we get a lot of snow here in North Dakota and
we are very rural. If I were to fall shoveling snow, I could be outside a long time
before an ambulance could make it. My mother is old and brittle, a cancer survivor
who relies on me. We are now two widows living alone in rural North Dakota on the
farm we both grew up on. Thank you again for all your assistance!