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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.

GRETCHEN GRAF
Give Online(NOTE: The benefit for Gretchen Graf has been held, but the NDAD fund to help Gretchen remains open for donations.)

Gretchen Graf has been a pastor and teacher in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks since 1993. Eight years ago, she was diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a form of chronic leukemia and prevents bone marrow from making blood.

In August, Gretchen will begin a bone marrow transplant process with her sister as her donor. Gretchen and a caregiver will need to live in Rochester, Minn., for almost four months for this transplant at the Mayo Clinic medical complex and then travel frequently for follow up during the next year.

Join the community for some sweet treats July 12 and wish Gretchen well.

The Dessert Benefit for Gretchen Graf is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Grand Forks. Calvary is at 1405 S. Ninth St.

There will be a free will donation collected to help defray the costs that Gretchen will incur while she needs to be in Rochester and travel back and forth.

You also can donate online, using the "Give Online" button with this article and using your credit card or PayPal account.

Or, you're invited to mail a donation to NDAD, c/o Gretchen Graf Fundraiser, 2660 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58201. Please make checks payable to NDAD and write "Gretchen Graf" on your check''s memo line.

All proceeds will be used by Gretchen for medical and general expenses.

NDAD is a sponsor of this benefit and the fund custodian as part of the charitable nonprofit''s free Community Fundraisers Program.

Follow NDAD's Facebook page for more information about the upcoming dessert benefit for Gretchen: http://facebook.com/ndad.nd/.

There's also an Facebook event page: http://bit.ly/29869HZ
Mail Donations For GRETCHEN GRAF To:
NDAD
c/o Gretchen Graf Fundraiser
2660 S. Columbia Road
Grand Forks, ND 58201

Please make checks payable to NDAD and write "Gretchen Graf" on your check''s memo line. Thank you.

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KRISTIN EINARSON ROSENTHAL
Give OnlineNOTE: The benefit for Kristin Rosenthal has been held, but donations continue to be accepted at the NDAD fund set up for Kristin and her family.

Life for Kristin Rosenthal took a dramatic turn toward the difficult in late November 2015.

Nov. 22 was supposed to one of the best days in the Grand Forks woman’s 40 years of life. It was the day of her daughter Emerson’s 8th birthday party.

Instead, Kristin injured both knees when she landed “totally wrong” while jumping on a trampoline at the party site.

Now, as Kristin struggles to recover from major surgeries on both knees, a benefit is set for Sat., Jan. 23, at the East Grand Forks Eagles Club to help her deal with medical and general expenses. The benefit is set for 3 to 6 p.m. that day, and plans include a freewill-offering meal of pulled pork, cole slaw and beans, and a bake sale and silent auction.

Proceeds from the benefit, which is sponsored by NDAD, will go to help Kristin and her family with her medical and general expenses. Thrivent Financial also is a sponsor.

Kristin is a visitation supervisor for Grand Forks County Social Services, but has been unable to work since the accident. Her husband, Dave, works for Rydell’s.

In her first surgery after the accident, Kristin put an external fixator on her right leg, where her knee dislocated, to keep it straight. Her left knee dislocated, too, but had gone back into place. But Kristin knew something was wrong with that knee, too, and told her medical team as much. A subsequent MRI revealed that both knees needed total rebuilding, she recalled. The hospital surgeon told her that she would be OK but only after at least a year.

Kristin soon was accepted at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis and transported by ambulance Nov. 30, while her husband, Dave Rosenthal, remained home to care for their daughter.

Kristin’s parents, Einar and Elaine Einarson, came to the Twin Cities to be with her.

Kristin’s U of M surgeon “continually stressed how big these two surgeries were going to be. He would harvest part of Kristin’s hamstring for her anterior cruciate ligaments on both knees and then use cadaver parts to rebuild them, she learned.

Her left knee was rebuilt Dec. 1, and her right knee Dec. 9. She was left weak and in pain with an uncertain outlook, she recalled.

“The surgeon stated that he hasn’t seen where someone had damaged both of their knees at the same time,” Kristin recalled.

While she learned that it takes, on average, six to eight weeks for toe-touch weight bearing on a leg with a rebuilt knee, she had two knees to be concerned about. Both of her knees were locked in extension by braces. She was challenged to adapt to perform simple daily tasks.

On Dec. 17, after Kristin learned how to perform standing transfers and range of motion maneuvers, within certain guidelines, in occupational and physical therapies, she was released from the U of M hospital.

Kristin had worked with NDAD and used its short-term adaptive equipment loan program in an effort to ensure a temporary residence at her parents’ Grand Forks home would work for her. “We live in an older home where the doorways were too small and I would be wheelchair-dependent for an uncertain amount of time,” she explained.

But she didn’t go to live with her parents immediately. Kristin’s insurance finally approved her for seven days at Valley Memorial’s transitional care unit (TCU), but her insurer overturned an earlier decision to pay for transportation back from the Twin Cities to Grand Forks, “a huge expense out of pocket,” she said.

“Being at the TCU allowed me to get stronger and continue with PT and OT,” Kristin said. “We focused on things that I would need to overcome when I got to my parents’ home.”

Kristin, who friends and family members say is known for taking care of others who have been in need, says she’s faced continued frustration having to advocate for herself with her insurance provider, mostly recently “as they continue to deny medication that is crucial to my recovery and health.”

Fortunately, she said, her friends and relatives have been great support, she said.

You can help Kristin by clicking the “Give Online” button that accompanies this story and donate using PayPal or your credit card. Or, you can mail or deliver your donation to the following address:

NDAD
c/o Kristin Rosenthal Fundraiser
2660 S. Columbia Road
Grand Forks, ND 58201

Please make your check payable to NDAD and be sure to write “Kristin Rosenthal” on your check’s memo line. Again, your full donation will be used to help Kristin and her family.

The fundraiser is sponsored by NDAD through its free Community Fundraisers Program. Learn more about it by calling (800) 532-NDAD.





Mail Donations For KRISTIN EINARSON ROSENTHAL To:
NDAD
c/o Kristin Rosenthal Fundraiser
2660 S. Columbia Road
Grand Forks ND 58201

Please make your check payable to NDAD and be sure to write “Kristin Rosenthal” on your check’s memo line. Again, your full donation will be used to help Kristin and her family.

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MARK KOLLER
Give Online(The benefit for Mark Koller has been held, but the fund to help Mark remains open for donations.)

Mark Koller of Grand Forks is no stranger to health challenges, and now he faces his greatest one yet – one that has prompted friends and family to plan a Feb. 13 benefit on his behalf.

About 20 years ago, Koller, 52, was placed on blood thinners to help accommodate an aortic valve replacement in his heart. Since then, he’s had his blood levels checked on a monthly basis.

One such check in November 2015 revealed that his blood levels were dangerously high.

Mark soon was admitted to a hospital, where tests revealed he had a mass on his pancreas.

A trip to the Mayo Clinic medical complex in Rochester, Minn., followed, as did numerous medical tests , hospitalizations and procedures – complicated by Mark’s heart valve replacement and blood levels.

He developed pancreatitis in Rochester and was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma, a cancer formed from glandular structures in epithelial tissue, which lines the surfaces and cavities of the body’s organs. A malignancy had formed on his pancreas.

Because of his diagnosis, Mark is unable to work at his job as a Transystems truck driver and trainer. He’s required to under chemotherapy and will return to Mayo Clinic for surgery and medical care on an ongoing basis.

Mark is married to Susan Koller, and they have four adult children and four grandchildren between them. Mark, a former longtime mechanic for Rydell Auto, spent the first part of his life in the Glen Ullin, N.D., area before moving to Grand Forks about 30 years ago.

Meanwhile, work continues to prepare for the Sat., Feb. 13, benefit at the East Grand Forks (Minn.) Eagles Club. Event plans call for $5 sloppy joe meal, plus a silent auction, bake sale, 50-50 raffle and music provided by deejay Robert Benda. Organizers also will sell $2 “Mark’s Mission” bracelets – each the color purple to represent cancer of the pancreas. Freewill offerings also are welcomed.

Donations to help Mark are being accepted online at http://www.ndad.org/fundraisers.asp. Click on the “Give Online” button that accompanies this article and benefit poster, and use your PayPal account or credit card to make the donation.

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

All proceeds will be used toward helping Mark Koller with medical and general expenses.

The event is sponsored by NDAD, through its free Community Fundraisers Program, and also by Thrivent Financial. Learn more about NDAD’s role and the program by calling (800) 532-NDAD (-6323).

Mail Donations For MARK KOLLER To:
NDAD
c/o Mark Koller Fundraiser
2660 S. Columbia Road
Grand Forks, ND 58201

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

All proceeds will go toward helping Mark with medical and general expenses.

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RYLIE HEISLER
Give Online(NOTE: The benefit for Rylie Heisler was held Jan. 30, but the NDAD fund collecting donations for the Heisler family remains open.)

Rylie Heisler is a senior at East Grand Forks (Minn.) Senior High School.

She has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma bone cancer and is undergoing treatment, which includes chemotherapy and surgery.

Rylie is the daughter of Dee and Doug Heisler and the sister of Hadyn Heisler.

Rylie is the type of person who works hard, is always willing to help others and wears a smile daily.

A benefit will be held Sat., Jan. 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the East Grand Forks American Legion, 1009 Central Ave. N.W. The benefit will feature a freewill-offering taco bar, plus live and silent auctions, a bake sale and live music by Dan the Dance Man.

All proceeds will be used to help the Heislers with medical and general expenses.

People also can donate at East Grand Forks Senior High.

You also can make a donation at NDAD.org on this very page by clicking the "Give Online" button and using your PayPal account or credit card to make a donation.

Or, you may mail a donation to NDAD, c/o. Rylie Heisler Fundraiser, 2660 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58201. Please make checks payable to NDAD and be sure to write "Rylie Heisler" on your check''s memo line.

The fundraiser for Rylie Heisler is sponsored by NDAD through its free Community Fundraisers Program. Learn more about it by calling NDAD at (800) 532-NDAD (-6323).
Mail Donations For RYLIE HEISLER To:
NDAD
c/o Rylie Heisler Fundraiser
2660 S. Columbia Road
Grand Forks, ND 58201

Please write your check to NDAD and be sure to write "Rylie Heisler" on your check''s memo line. Thank you.

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NANCY KOHO
Give Online(NOTE: The benefit for Nancy Koho has been held, but the NDAD fund to support Nancy and her family remains open for donations.)

On Thursday, June 16, Grand Forks Country Club will sponsor and play host to a fundraising golf tournament -- Kick’N Out Cancer -- for cancer patient Nancy Koho, the club’s bookkeeper.

The tournament will be followed that day with more fundraising for Nancy, also at the country club, featuring a rib dinner, ice cream social and other family-fun activities.

Nancy was first diagnosed with a rare and aggressive metaplastic breast cancer in July 2015.

Nancy, a native of Warren, Minn., and resident of East Grand Forks, Minn., has undergone two surgeries to remove the tumor and completed several rounds of chemotherapy treatments, traveling to and from Chicago for these strong, strategic treatments. She is undergoing radiation treatment at the time of this writing.

Nancy daily demonstrates the strongest of will, determination and faith that is humanly possible and refuses to let her health challenge affect her daily routines, according to those closest to her.

Given the financial strain of her medical treatment, Grand Forks Country Club members want to help Nancy and her family maintain her daily routine as much as possible and relieve her of some of her burden.

Nancy is a self-employed accountant whose clients also include Hope Church. She is married to K.C. Koho. They have two children: Kaleb, an East Grand Forks Senior High sophomore, and Abbie, a Riverside Christian School fifth grader.

All are welcome to participate in the Kick’N Out Cancer tournament, which includes 18 holes of golf, a card, an 11 a.m. lunch, 12 noon shotgun start and the 6 p.m. rib dinner. Early-bird registration is $110, with payment required before June 1. After that, registration costs $125.

Golf tournament tickets can be purchased at the Country Club. Early-bird registration is $110 with payment before June 1, and $125 afterward. Call (701) 772-4831 to register for the tournament or to reserve dinner tickets.

Additional tickets for the rib dinner are $20 each for adults, $5 for kids.

The freewill-offering family ice cream social will begin at 7 p.m. The evening activities also include games, photo booth, raffles and life music.

Charitable nonprofit NDAD also is sponsoring fundraising activities for Nancy Koho and has set up a fund to help her. You may donate online to help Nancy on this Community Fundraisers page, clicking the "Give Online" button that accompanies this article and poster. Or, you may mail your donation to NDAD, c/o Nancy Koho Fundraiser, 2660 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58201. Make your check payable to NDAD and write “Nancy Koho” on the memo line. For more information, call (800) 532-NDAD.
Mail Donations For NANCY KOHO To:
NDAD
c/o Nancy Koho Fundraiser
2660 S. Columbia Road
Grand Forks ND 58201

Please make checks payable to NDAD and write "Nancy Koho" on your check''s memo line.

All proceeds will be used to help Nancy and her family with medical and general expenses.

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