STUDENTS RAISED $7,904 with a benefit dance at Big Lake High School organized by the National Honor Society. The money was donated to Rick Moss, who contracted LaCrosse encephalitis last summer. (Photo by Gail Evans).

BLHS students aid Moss family

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Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
National Honor Society students at Big Lake High School raised $7,904 with a benefit dance for Rick Moss, father of senior Adam Moss, who contracted LaCrosse encephalitis from a mosquito bite last summer.
A big Big Lake Hornet booster, Rick Moss was often seen on campus, cheering on his sons, Anthony and Adam, at their sports events. 
Last August, Moss was taken ill with a sudden fever of 102.8F, It didn’t last long and his wife, Shelly, went to work at her hospital job in the Twin Cities. 
A short time later, Moss was having trouble talking and did not recognize his daughter, Aleesha, 15. The neighbor called for an ambulance. By the time it arrived Rick had no idea where or who he was.
Moss was rushed to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids where he resisted doctors’ attempts to examine him. He began having seizures. Physicians put him into an induced coma as his brain began to swell, pressing against his skull, causing damage.
“They tried to bring him out of it once but he was fighting them so hard, they had to put him back under,” said his friend, Kathie Ziebarth.
Eventually Rick recovered enough to move into acute therapy and then into transitional therapy. He has no vision in his left eye and his short term memory was affected. He has difficulty walking and needs time to complete simple tasks.
Rick worked as a mason and spent his career laying block and pouring foundations, until a shoulder injury put him on the sidelines. He is also an avid outdoorsman who loves hunting and fishing.
“His medical expenses are extreme,” said Ziebarth. “He was not able to work for many months because of a shoulder injury. This illness has impacted the family emotionally and financially.” 

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