All in the family
Nelson-Jameson contributes over $20,000 to support employee with muscular dystrophy
For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — When Lon Krause of Marshfield created a GoFundMe online fundraising campaign in May, his co-workers and employer knew they wanted to help.
Krause, 45, was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when he was 13 years old. He has recently reached a major turning point in the progression of the disease, including limited ability to stand and the need for a lift device. For several years Krause has been using a power wheelchair, but it required numerous repairs. In addition to needing a lift device and new wheelchair, Krause’s home and vehicle demanded modifications as well.
The employees of Nelson-Jameson Inc., where Krause is employed as an export coordinator, decided they needed to step up and help one of their own. The “Keep Lon Moving” committee was formed in June, and the fundraising started right away. Some of the fundraisers included a basket raffle at the company picnic, weekly break room bake sales, a silent auction, luncheons, a bean bag tournament, and 50/50 raffles.
Sue Krings, credit manager at Nelson-Jameson Inc., said, “Everyone contributed so willingly because they knew who it was going to help and that all the funds would be greatly appreciated.”
With the help of local businesses and Krause’s co-workers, family, and friends, the committee raised over $10,000 in just a few short months. “I am overwhelmed by the support of my co-workers and everyone involved. The efforts and donations made truly reflect the kind of company this is, and I feel honored and proud to be a part of it. I hope to continue to be a part of this generous family environment as long as I can,” said Krause.
Nelson-Jameson Inc. matched the committee’s efforts, and Krause will receive a check for $20,622 at a company event on Sept. 18.
Adam Nelson, vice president of technology at Nelson-Jameson Inc., said, “Nelson-Jameson has always considered itself a family company and tries to promote that culture, but to see everyone here come together as a family to support Lon in such a generous and heartfelt manner was truly gratifying.”