By John Lauritsen

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A retired teacher in need of a lifesaving heart transplant will get a boost from his hometown.

Fred Blom taught fifth and sixth grade in Montevideo for 25 years. This summer, he and his wife Jeri will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.

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But Blom has been dealing with a serious heart condition and doctors have told him he will need a transplant in order to survive.

“He’s not only my husband, but my soul mate. His desire is to see our 7 grandchildren grow up,” said Jeri.

In response, the town that Blom taught in for a quarter century is literally opening its doors for his medical costs.

On Saturday, June 9, Montevideo will hold a “Main Street Day.” A percentage of store sales, along with food and entertainment, will be donated to the nonprofit “Help Hope Live” in honor of Blom.

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As former students have heard about Blom’s condition, they have been writing notes of encouragement.

One wrote, “I never used to like history until I was in your class.”

Another said, “I became a teacher because of you.”

Main Street Day will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 9. There will also be face painting, line dancing, music, and a silent auction.

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John Lauritsen