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Community Fundraisers are conducted by friends and families of a person(s) with a disability for which NDAD acts as custodian of the funds raised. These funds can be used to help the person with urgent needs and expenses. The funds may also be used beyond the scope of NDAD’s guidelines, such as helping with doctor, clinic or hospital bills and paying pre-existing bills.

There are many people with disabilities, in communities across the state, in need of financial assistance. 100% of your donation will be used for the person’s needs. Even the smallest donations still have an impact. Any funds donated to NDAD will qualify for a charitable donation and be deductible for donors who itemize.
Below are the current community fundraisers going on throughout North Dakota. Click on a name below to donate and help others to help themselves.

1) TERRY HARMON
Give OnlineTerry Harmon, Grand Forks, has been undergoing treatment for colorectal cancer and a serious infection that led to an extended hospital stay.

After all of this, he will undergo his fourth surgery to correct problems resulting from the previous one.

This has led to mounting hospital and other medical bills.

Friends, family members and co-workers are coming together to show their support with a benefit set for Sat., April 19, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the East Grand Forks (Minn.) Eagles Club. A free-will donation is requested. The benefit will include a baked potato bar, silent auction and music provided by SM Productions & Photography.

For more information, or to donate items for the silent auction, please contact Meaghann at (218) 779-7698 or Larry at (218) 791-0149.

Forum Communications wrote an article about Terry Harmon that was published in some of its publications. You can read it HERE.

The Altru Health Foundation's Legacy newsletter for March featured Terry Harmon in an article about colorectal screening. You can read it HERE.
Mail Donations For 1) TERRY HARMON To:
NDAD
c/o Terry Harmon Fundraiser
2660 S. Columbia Road
Grand Forks ND 58201

Please make checks payable to NDAD and be sure to write "Terry Harmon" on your check''s memo line.

You also may donate online using your credit card or PayPal account. Click the "Give Online" graphic that accompanies this section about Terry Harmon.
2) CINDY JO ADAMS
Give OnlineCindy Jo Adams was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in September and had surgery at the Mayo Clinic complex in Rochester, Minn., Oct. 8. About three weeks after surgery, she began six cycles of extensive chemotherapy at Altru Cancer Center in Grand Forks.

A benefit on Sat., April 26, will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Reynolds, N.D., Adams'' hometown, to raise money to help offset medical bills and general expenses -- including travel for ongoing visits to Mayo Clinic -- for Cindy Jo and her family.

The doors will open at 3:30 p.m. at the K.C. Hall, with a meal and silent auction set for 4 to 6 p.m., followed by a live auction at 6.

The Local Boys band will provide live entertainment beginning at 9 p.m. Other activities include a cake walk for the kids.

Cindy Jo, a real estate agent for Greenberg Realty, lives in rural Reynolds; her husband, David, farms. Cindy Jo and David are the parents of Cassie, a junior at the University of Minnesota, Crookston; and Jordan, a senior at Central Valley High School serving the Reynolds and Buxton areas.

You may donate online using a credit card or money order by clicking the "Give Online" button that appears with this article.
Mail Donations For 2) CINDY JO ADAMS To:
NDAD
c/o Cindy Jo Adams Fundraiser
2660 S. Columbia Road
Grand Forks, ND 58201

Please make checks payable to NDAD and be sure to write "Cindy Jo Adams" on the check memo line.

Learn more about NDAD's free-of-charge Community Fundraisers Program and how it may be able to help you help someone with a serious health challenge or disability by calling (800) 532-NDAD (-6323).
3) LEXIE DAHLEN
Give OnlineLexie Dahlen of Grand Forks is at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis being treated for complications resulting from a deteriorating liver as she awaits a much-needed donor organ for a liver transplant.

The young Grand Forks woman, a 2013 Red River High School graduate, was born with a liver damaged by a disease called biliary atresia. In 1997, when Lexie was 2, her liver was replaced with a portion of her mom’s liver.

For 16 years, Lexie has done well -- even while requiring daily medications, monthly blood draws, numerous doctor visits and many minor surgeries. But problems returned in the fall of 2012. Following an emergency medical airlift to a Minneapolis hospital to deal with gastrointestinal bleeding, plus receiving multiple blood transfusions and more than 10 surgeries, Lexie was placed on a liver transplant list in late 2012.

On March 27, 2014, Lexie was flown by air ambulance to Children's Hospital because of her failing liver, mental confusion and kidney failure.

Donations to help Lexie and the Dahlen family with medical and general expenses can be made to charitable nonprofit NDAD, already the sponsor of several events to raise money for Lexie and the custodian of a special fund for her through NDAD’s free Community Fundraisers Program. All proceeds donated for her – 100 percent – will be used to help her.

All you need is a credit card or PayPal to give online to help Lexie. Click the "Give Online" button that appears on this page with Lexie's photo and this article.

Or, you may mail a donation to: NDAD, c/o Lexie Dahlen Fundraiser, 2660 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58201. Please make checks payable to NDAD and be sure to write “Lexie Dahlen” on your check’s memo line.

Thank you.

Mail Donations For 3) LEXIE DAHLEN To:
NDAD
c/o Lexie Dahlen Fundraiser
2660 S. Columbia Road
Grand Forks, ND 58201

Because of changes in the banking industry, all checks for this fundraiser must be made payable to NDAD. All of the proceeds raised -- 100 percent -- will benefit Lexie Dahlen and her family. Thank you for supporting the Dahlens.

Follow the fundraising efforts for Lexie and other community fundraisers -- plus other NDAD programs and news, information, issues and commentary about disabilities and health challenges -- on NDAD's Facebook page and on NDAD's Areavoices.com blog.

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You'll find information about NDAD fundraisers from recent months below:

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GRANT CAMPBELL
Give OnlineRead NDAD's new article about Grant Campbell at NDAD Insight on Areavoices.com. Some images from the Feb. 20 benefit in Grand Forks for Grant can be found on NDAD's Facebook page. The fund for Grant Campbell remains open for donations. Please read the article and learn how you can help.

Grant Campbell is truly one in a million, according to the neurosurgeon who examined Grant, the focus of a special benefit coming up Thursday, Feb. 20, in Grand Forks.

"Actually," recounted Grant's mom, Pat Campbell, in a online CaringBridge.org post on Feb. 12, "(the doctor) was relating the statistical reference to Grant's odds of having a stroke at age 18, surviving the stroke and more importantly, his recovery from the stroke."

Dr. Douglas Hughes of Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis., was "quite pleased with Grant's progress to date. As are we!!" Pat Campbell wrote after her son completed a follow-up appointment with the neurosurgeon.

It was just early January when Grant, a 2013 Grand Forks Red River High School graduate and University of North Dakota freshman, was found unconscious on a La Crosse ski hill in early January during a visit with family members.

Grant's dad is Dan Campbell, and his sisters are Megan and Anna Campbell. Grant's grandparents are John and Mary Gerszewski of Oslo, Minn.

Grant continues rehabilitation in La Crosse. He cancelled plans to return to UND for spring semester so he can concentrate on his stroke rehabilitation.

He and his family plan to be in Grand Forks for Thursday's benefit. NDAD is sponsoring the fundraiser, a free-will offering event that features a silent auction and a taco-in-a-bag meal. It will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 20 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1001 S. 17th St., in Grand Forks.

The early list of silent auction items includes local restaurant gift cards, an AstroStart remote starter, Red River High School clothing and much more.

You also can donate to help Grant online, using a credit card or PayPal, by click the "Give Online" button that accompanies this article and benefit flier image.

Learn more about NDAD's free-of-charge Community Fundraisers Program and how it may be able to help you help someone with a serious health challenge or disability by calling (800) 532-NDAD (-6323).
Mail Donations For GRANT CAMPBELL To:
NDAD
c/o Grant Campbell Fundraiser
2660 S. Columbia Road
Grand Forks, ND 58201

For monetary donations by check, please make checks payable to NDAD and be sure to write "Grant Campbell" on the check memo line.


Learn more about NDAD's free-of-charge Community Fundraiser Program by calling (800) 532-NDAD.



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KRISTI MAGNUSON
Give Online(NOTE: The benefit for Kristi Magnuson of Grand Forks was held recently, but the NDAD fund for Kristi remains open for contributions.)

Kristi Magnuson was diagnosed almost 10 years ago with an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

At 42, a mom of two young adults (Melissa and Tyler) and grandmom to four children (with a fifth en route), and as a big animal lover with three dogs (Lady, Buddy and Snickers), Kristi faces a very uncertain future.

This fall, on recommendation from her doctor, she had to end her job of 17 years as a special-needs paraprofessional for Grand Forks Public Schools -- a job she relished. She still hopes that her health changes and she can go back to work.

The aneurysm moved into a type-3 status, which is a threat to life. She required surgery to deal with it, even though the expense of surgery far exceeds her ability to pay.

Several days after learning she would have surgery at Grand Forks’ Altru Hospital, Kristi experienced chest pain Nov. 9 and was rushed by ambulance to Altru’s emergency room. She was admitted to the hospital and underwent aortic graft surgery.

She was released Nov. 13, but has made a handful of emergency room trips since. She has battled pneumonia and several internal infections.

Team Magnuson, a collection of family and friends, was formed recently to begin a fundraiser to help Kristi. The team enlisted help from NDAD through the charitable nonprofit's Community Fundraiser Program. NDAD's role includes serving as caretaker for the funds raised. All funds raised -- 100 percent -- will be used to help Kristi Magnuson with medical and related expenses.

A benefit for Kristi is set for Sat., Dec. 7, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the East Grand Forks (Minn.) Eagles Club, 227 10th St. N.W. The benefit will feature a silent auction, bake sale and taco-in-a-bag meal. A free-will offering is suggested.

If you can't attend the benefit, you're invited to donate online. Use the "Give Online" button with this article and photo, and -- with your credit card -- donate a sum to help Kristi.

Or, you can mail a donation to NDAD, or deliver it in person, at: NDAD, c/o Kristi Magnuson Fundraiser, 2660 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58201. Please make checks payable to NDAD.

If you have more questions or seek more information about NDAD''s Community Fundraisers Program, please call (800) 532-NDAD.
Mail Donations For KRISTI MAGNUSON To:
NDAD
c/o Kristi Magnuson Fundraiser
2660 S. Columbia Road
Grand Forks, ND 58201

Please make checks payable to NDAD. The total of all of the money raised for Kristi -- 100 percent -- will be used to help Kristi with medical and related expenses.

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KYLE JOHNSON
Give OnlineNOTE: The benefit for Kyle Johnson was held in late January 2014, but the NDAD fund to help Kyle remains open for donations. A January 2014 NDAD article on Kyle Johnson can be found at NDAD Insight, an Areavoices blog.


On Aug. 21, 2013, at about 8:30 a.m., Kyle Johnson and fellow Grand Forks Public Health Department Mosquito Control worker Jonathan Bartel were hit by a train while riding a Kubota rough terrain vehicle when crossing railroad tracks west of the city's Industrial Park. Neither knew a train was the tracks; although train whistles were blown, the young men did not hear them.

When emergency first responders arrived, both Kyle and Jonathan still were strapped in the RTV.
Both young men were rushed to Altru Hospital, where life-saving triage began immediately. Kyle experienced the worst injuries and was in critical condition. He needed emergency surgery for internal bleeding and a traumatic head injury; he also had a collapsed lung and bruised vertebrae and ribs, and the ocular socket of his right eye was broken.

Today, Kyle -- the son of Les and Deb Johnson -- is at his third medical facility since his accident -- and is eager to once again get home. He's undergoing extensive rehabilitation at the Courage Center in Golden Valley, Minn. Kyle has made significant progress since the accident, but his recovery journey could be lengthy.

Friends and neighbors of Kyle have teamed with charitable nonprofit NDAD in an effort to help offiset some of his medical, rehabilitation and related expenses during this difficult recovery period.

The effort will culminate with a special Kourage 4 Kyle Benefit, set for Sat., Jan. 25, on the sixth floor of the Grand Forks County Office Building, 151 S. Fourth St., downtown Grand Forks. The event will include a silent auction, bake sale and a baked potato, chili and topping bar. A free-will offering is suggested.

All proceeds -- 100 percent -- raised in the Kyle Johnson fundraising efforts will be used for that purpose. That includes donations made online using the "Give Online" button that accompanies this Kyle Johnson article and photo. You can use a credit card or PayPal to donate.

Or, you're invited to mail a donation to help Kyle. Send it to the address provided below. You also can drop off a donation at the same address during NDAD's normal Grand Forks business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Mail Donations For KYLE JOHNSON To:
NDAD
c/o Kyle Johnson Fundraiser
2660 S. Columbia Road
Grand Forks, ND 58201

For monetary donations by check, please make checks payable to NDAD and write "Kyle Johnson" on the check memo line.


Learn more about NDAD's free-of-charge Community Fundraiser Program by calling (800) 532-NDAD.


Items for donation to be used for the Kyle Johnson benefit silent auction can be mailed to: Grand Forks Public Health Department, 151 S. 4th St., Suite N301, Grand Forks, ND 58201; Attn: Kyle Johnson Benefit. Or, please call Debbie Hanson-Misialek or Aly Barclay at (701) 787-8100 if you have items that need to be picked up. If donating items, please do so anytime between now and Friday, Jan. 24.



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You'll find information about NDAD fundraisers from recent months below:

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PEYTON RICHARDSON
Give Online(NOTE: This fundraiser was held recently, but the fund to help Peyton and the Richardsons remains open.)

Peyton Richardson, daughter of Kyle and Amanda (Proulx) Richardson, Grand Forks, is a fun-loving 1st grader at Lake Agassiz Elementary School who stays very active with figure skating and piano.

Peyton, 6, was airlifted to St. Paul Children’s Hospital for severe abdominal pain, abnormal blood work and an extremely high fever — thought at first to be complications from Hirschsprung’s disease, an intestinal illness she's had since birth.

Peyton had emergency exploratory surgery and instead was diagnosed with primary peritonitis, which then caused non-mechanical ileus, a very serious intestinal blockage.

After 15 days, Peyton was released from the hospital and returned home. She since has been admitted to the hospital one other time and been to the E.R. on numerous occasions because of continued complications from infection.

Peyton was to return to Children’s Hospital in late October and possibly will go to Mayo Clinic for more definitive testing.

A benefit to raise money for Peyton's medical and related family expenses will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the East Grand Forks, Minn., Eagles Club, 227 10th St. N.W.

The event includes a bake sale, silent auction and taco-in-a-bag meal. A free-will offering is requested.
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NDAD is a sponsor and the caretaker for funds raised at the benefit. All funds raised -- 100 percent -- will go toward helping the Richardson family.

You also can give online, using your credit card and clicking the "Give Online" button with this article.

Or, you can mail a donation or deliver it in person.

For more information, call (800) 532-NDAD. For more information about Peyton, go to the Prayers for Peyton Facebook page: HERE.
Mail Donations For PEYTON RICHARDSON To:
NDAD
c/o Peyton Richardson Fundraiser
2660 S. Columbia Road
Grand Forks, ND 58201

Because of changes in the banking industry, all checks for this fundraiser must be made payable to NDAD. All of the proceeds raised -- 100 percent -- will benefit Peyton Richardson and her family. Thank you for supporting the Richardsons.

Follow the fundraising efforts for Peyton and other community fundraisers -- plus other NDAD programs and news, information, issues and commentary about disabilities and health challenges -- on NDAD's Facebook page and on NDAD's Areavoices.com blog.

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STEVEN VEZINA
Give Online

(NOTE: A benefit for this fundraiser was held Nov. 23, but the NDAD fund for Steven Vezina continues to accept donations.)

Steven Vezina, 9, is described as a happy-go-lucky boy in Bismarck.. Luck seemed to abandon him in September when he was playing on a trampoline.

He didn't fall off that trampoline. Instead, suddenly, he dropped to his knees, grabbed his head in pain -- and screamed.

Steven was rushed to a Bismarck hospital, where he underwent a five-hour emergency surgery Sept. 21 for a brain bleed attributed to a rare condition called arteriovenous malformation.

AVM, as it's known, occurs in less than 1 percent of the general population, according to literature from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. AVM typically a congenital condition in which blood vessels entangle in the brain or on its surface, bypassing normal brain tissue and directly diverting blood from the artiers to the veins. When that happens, it causes big problems; normally, the arteries carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the brain and veins carry blood with less oxygen back to the heart.

Someone with AVM might have an intracranial hemorrhage, or a type of seizure. Some have localized pain caused by increased blood flow around the AVM. And some have difficulty with movement, speech or vision.

Steven was left with some speech impairment, balance issues and hearing tone loss — and a fist-sized gap in his skull that will be surgically reconstructed with synthetic bone sometime in 2014, possibly in March, according to relatives.

Meanwhile, he wears a protective cranial helmet, attends school part time and undergoes therapy three to four times weekly.

And, according to relatives, Steven maintains a happy-go-lucky attitude despite this dramatic turnabout in his life.

Steven is the son of Michael Vazina of East Grand Forks, Minn., and Traci Jones of Bismarck (formerly of Mentor, Minn.). Steven, born in Crookston, Minn., also has a brother and sister.

A fundraiser has been established, with NDAD as a sponsor, to help offset expenses related to Steven''s medical challenge.

A benefit will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, on Grand Forks' north side, in a side room of The Ho Bar and Casino. The event runs from 4 to 8 p.m. and will feature a silent auction, bake sale and taco-in-a-bag meal. A free-will offering is suggested.

The total of all proceeds -- 100 percent -- will be used to help Steven and his family. NDAD will serve as fund custodian as part of the charitable nonprofit's free-of-charge Community Fundraiser Program to assist people with disabilities and serious health challenges.

Can''t attend the Nov. 23 benefit in Grand Forks? Please consider donating here online, using the "Give Online" button that accompanies this article and a credit card. All of the proceeds from this benefit -- 100 percent -- will be used to help with Steven's medical and related expenses.

Or, you can use the address below to mail a donation, or to deliver one in person during NDAD''s business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, excluding holidays).

READ NDAD'S ARTICLE ABOUT STEVEN VEZINA AT NDAD INSIGHT..

Mail Donations For STEVEN VEZINA To:
NDAD
c/o Steven Vezina Fundraiser
2660 S. Columbia Rd
Grand Forks, ND 58201.

Please make checks payable to NDAD and write “Steven Vezina” on your check notes line *
Again, all proceeds will be used to help with Steven''s medical and related expenses.

It''s part of NDAD''s free Community Fundraisers Program. Learn more about that program and about NDAD by browsing through this website, or by calling (800) 532-NDAD. Or, see NDAD''s Facebook site at http://www.facebook.com/ndad.nd; its Twitter feed -- @ndad4you -- or its Areavoices.com blog at http://ndad.areavoices.com.

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