Help support former Northern Iowa swimmer Jody Petersen through surgeries

Former University of Northern Iowa swimmer Jody Petersen is undergoing three surgeries, and some of her supporters shared with SwimSwam a way others can help her out.

Petersen is a recent graduate of UNI and was a backstroker/freestyler for the Missouri Valley Conference program. But Petersen suffers from ulcerative colitis, a disease of the colon and large intestine. Despite finishing her student teaching in elementary education, Petersen is now unable to work, dealing with complications from a surgery with several more surgeries still to come before she is back on her feet for good.

Petersen’s family has set up a GoFundMe campaign for anyone interested in helping Jody out with her medical bills or other expenses until she is able to work again. You can find the campaign by following this link.

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Roger & Chris Thompson

Dear Jody … Hi, I’m Chris, Diana’s OLDER sister. My husband, Roger, and I are so happy to do whatever we can to ease the stress of medical bills for you and your family. We will have the pleasure of meeting you this weekend at Diana and John’s house. Hope you’ll be felling better and better.

Love, Chris & Roger

I was lucky enough to Coach Jody as an Age Grouper before her family moved to Iowa. What a wonderful kid! It has been a privilege to watch her become such strong woman. Jody your St Charles Swim Team Family has you in our thoughts.

Coach Jon

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