Ongoing tribute to Jennifer ... New Underwood School Board President Scott Parsons presents a check for $1,300 from the New Underwood Student Council to James and Wayne Nelson at the “green” basketball game held on Thursday, January 18. Green is the color designating organ transplants. James is the older brother and Wayne is an uncle to Jennifer Nelson, who recently lost her life-long fight with Cystic Fibrosis. Funds to help with the tremendous costs related to her fight are being given in her memory. The Wayne Nelson family lives at New Underwood. James’ family lives in Midland.
Jennifer, 16, the daughter of Wes and Nicole Nelson, died Tuesday, January 16, in Omaha, Neb., from Cystic Fibrous related complications.
When Jenn's medical costs reached her health insurance's $1 million maximum, she was partially covered by a state medical program for disabled children, but the program did not cover all of the family's expenses related to the illness or the transplant.
Teams of volunteers in Midland, Philip, Kadoka and New Underwood joined forces in late 2006 to raise funds that would have helped offset expenses for a double lung transplant for Jenn.