Support Sheena – fundraiser for local woman on now

On February 9, 2024 Sheena (Blaess) Dix was airlifted from WinnMed Decorah to Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, Minn. after suffering a brain bleed/hemorrhagic stroke that affected her entire left side. Following a craniotomy, Sheena spent three weeks in Saint Mary’s Intensive Care & Neuro Units, regaining strength and motor/speech functions through various therapies before transferring to intensive therapy at Unity Point-Allen Hospital’s Acute Inpatient RehabilitationCenter in Waterloo.

A Bluffton native, Sheena graduated from North Winneshiek High School before attending Northeast Iowa Community College. She has live in Decorah for the past 20 years and has a teenage daughter, Livia. In November 2022, Sheena joined Helms Funeral Home and is attending DMACC for Mortuary Science while working as an Associate. Her goal is to be a licensed Funeral Director.

Sheena has touched many lives in Decorah and the surrounding communities through her 14 years in elder care/social work, serving residents of Aase Haugen Senior Services and Barthel Eastern Star/Arlan Falk Assisted Living. She also assists community members with end-of-life care and planning (Full Sirkel Solutions) and was a long-time member of Decorah’s Alpha Sigma chapter of Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority.

Sheena has made tremendous progress toward recovery but has a challenging road ahead. Friends are organizing/accepting donations to assist with medical expenses and ongoing needs as she continues outpatient therapy and recovery in Decorah over the next several months.

How to donate:

1. The “Sheena Dix Benefit Account” has been established at Kerndt Brothers Bank, Decorah. Donations can be made at any Kerndt Brothers location.

2. Checks made out to the same name can be mailed to 409 Twin View Drive, Decorah, IA 52101

3. A GoFundMe account has be established to support electronic donations:

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