Greyson and Lauren Burdick

NOTE: This benefit has been held, but the fund remains open for donations.

A benefit will be held Sat., Nov. 16, at University Lutheran Church in Grand Forks to help the Matt and Jaci (Van Eps) Burdick family with medical expenses related to the premature births of their second set of twins.

That’s right - a second set of twins, barely two years after the first.

The benefit, sponsored by charitable nonprofit NDAD, is intended specifically to help the Burdicks reduce or eliminate the medical expenses from the second twins’ births. 
Poster for NDAD-sponsored Burdick family fundraiser
The Burdicks became parents of twin boys, Christian and Logan, on April 5, 2017. They were surprised to be expecting twins the first time.

When Jaci became pregnant a second time, she had her first ultrasound about eight weeks later, “and that is when we found out that we were expecting twins . . . again,” she recalled. “We were shocked.”

Just prior to the ultrasound, she and Matt were joking with the women administering the test about the possibility of having a second set of twins: “’What are the chances?’ we said.”

Greyson and Lauren Burdick, who will be 5 months old at the time of the benefit, were born earlier this year on June 6, more than a month before their due date. They spent time in Altru Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit following Jaci’s discharge from the hospital. 

The result: the Burdicks’ medical expenses this time around were substantially higher than for the births of their first twins.

Jaci says Greyson and Lauren “are currently doing great!” They’re spending time at home with Mom to reduce the chance of any daycare-related illness. The older twins also are not in daycare, either, because Jaci is unable to work full time at her job as a financial assistant at Opticare Forks Vision Clinic. Matt is a property manager at Dakota Commercial.

Thanks to help with the children from Matt and Jaci’s mother, Rachel,  “I am able to work very part time” at Opticare  which, Jaci says, “has been a godsend and has been more than willing to accept any amount of hours that I am able to work to maintain some sort of income.”

The Burdicks met in May 2011; they married July 21, 2012. Matt, who’s from Coon Rapids, Minn., attended the University of Minnesota, Crookston.  Jaci, who’s from East Grand Forks, attended Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.
The Burdick multiples: Christian, Greyson, Lauren and Logan.

Benefit fundraiser

The family-friendly Nov. 16 benefit, set for 5 to 8 p.m., will include a freewill-offering soups-and-breads supper, bake sale and raffles, plus face painting, balloon animals and other activities.

Download a PDF of NDAD’s Burdick family benefit post HERE.

There are several other ways you can help the Burdicks:
  • Click the “Donate Now” button-like graphic on the top of this fundraising page and use PayPal or your credit card to make a donation online. Other than PayPal’s small transaction fee, all of your gift will go to help the Burdicks.
  • Send a check to NDAD, c/o Burdick Family Fundraiser, 2660 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks ND 58201. Make your check payable to NDAD and write “Burdick family” on your check’s memo line. All of your donation will go to help the Burdicks.
You're encouraged to follow and share posts about this fundraiser on NDAD's Facebook page to help inform others about this event. Thank you.
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NDAD is sponsoring the Burdick fundraiser through its free Community Fundraisers Program. Learn more about it HERE or by calling the NDAD office nearest you.

Kashton Faul
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