Letter to the editor – Funds needed to help West Point family


Dear Editor;

Tom Kruse is the son of Dan Kruse and Shelly Kruse, grandson of Ceil Kruse and Letta Grosekemper. Tom was born with three major heart issues that required surgery and long recoveries at the ages of two and six. He has done quite well for 30 plus years, but recently because of his unstable heart, Tom made four emergency visits to Ft. Madison Community Hospital within 4 months that resulted in medical flights and admissions to Mayo Medical Center each time. His last stay at Mayo began on June 2nd and he underwent a 10-hour open-heart surgery on June 11th and discharge on June 21, 2018. At the request of his physician, Tom had visits to Mayo with a hotel stay on June 20 and 21, 2018. There are ongoing concerns about kidney function related to the long surgery that will require ongoing follow-up. Tom has frequent lab tests and will soon begin the required cardiac rehab with therapists in Burlington.

Tom’s wife, Sarah, gave up her in-home childcare business to care for Tom and their three children (ages 5, 8, and 11). Tom is on medical leave from his job at Sinclair Tractor in Houghton. Neither Tom nor Sarah will be working for several months, maybe longer. Medical bills are growing astronomically; just one of Tom’s shorter hospital stays cost nearly $30,000.

How can you help? Any donation would be wonderful and can be made in the following ways:

A deposit to the Tom Kruse Heart Fund account at Pilot Grove Savings Bank;
An electronic donation to the Tom Kruse Heart Fund via gofundme.com/tomkruseheartfund; or
A personal check mailed to Tom Kruse at
1755 128th Street
West Point, IA 52656

If you have any questions, please call Jeanne Foecke at 319-759-8130.
Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity!

Jeanne Foecke

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