Fund established, fundraiser planned for UMD student found in subzero coldA fund has been established and a fundraiser will be held Saturday to provide financial assistance for Alyssa Lommel, the University of Minnesota Duluth sophomore who was found outside a Duluth home a week ago after spending more than nine hours in subzero temperatures.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
A fund has been established and a fundraiser will be held Saturday to provide financial assistance for Alyssa Lommel, the University of Minnesota Duluth sophomore who was found outside a Duluth home a week ago after spending more than nine hours in subzero temperatures.
Lommel, 19, is being treated at Regions Hospital in St. Paul for severe frostbite and hypothermia. Her family reported on Lommel’s Caring Bridge website Friday that she had to undergo emergency surgery after experiencing trouble breathing, even with a ventilator. She was switched to a more aggressive “oscillating ventilator” that seemed to be working, her family reported.
“They tell us she is making ‘baby steps’ toward progress,” Lommel’s family said online.
The fund for Lommel is at Bremer Bank in St. Cloud. Donations can be directed to:
Alyssa Lommel Fund
1100 West St. Germain St.
P.O. Box 847
St. Cloud, MN 56302-0847
Lommel was dropped off at her driveway on Woodland Avenue at about midnight, and that was the last anyone saw of her until two people found her on the steps of a neighboring home at 9:30 a.m. last Saturday.
Nobody was home at the house where she was found, police said. The overnight temperature dropped to 17 degrees below zero.
A raffle and dinner are scheduled for Saturday in Duluth to benefit Lommel and her family.
The raffle will be held in conjunction with the Northern Lights Boot Hockey Classic from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Woodland outdoor hockey rinks, adjacent to Fryberger Arena, 3211 Allendale Ave. There also will be a card to sign to bring to Lommel and her family.
The spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at The Other Place Bar and Grill, 3930 E. Calvary Road. Tickets for the dinner are $10.