A benefit is being planned for Jesse Brakke on Saturday, September 11, 2010, in the Rutland City Hall.
Jesse Brakke was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) in 1995. In November 2007 he became ill with congestive heart failure and was hospitalized, having a pacemaker and defibrillator implanted. Then, in December 2008 he became more short of breath and fatigued and was referred to Meritcare Cardiology. His case was too complex so he was referred to the U of M Hospitals in Minneapolis. On March 17, 2009, Jesse had open heart surgery to receive a device to help pump his heart efficiently and prepare him over the next year for a heart transplant. On February 2, 2010, Jesse became the 700th heart transplant at Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis. He is now in the process of recovering and must go to Minneapolis every month for a heart biopsy and other tests to determine rejection. He is on multiple medications at present and will be on rejection meds for life.
Work is underway to gather items for the silent and live auctions and solicitation letters will be going out soon to area businesses and other organizations. Silent auction items will be requested no later than Friday, September 10.
Events for the day will include games in the afternoon, a meal and silent auction followed by a live auction and a street dance and karaoke. If you can’t donate, come and participate in the days activities.