Diane Ripplinger

Family and friends of Diane Ripplinger have joined with NDAD to hold a fundraiser to help her with medical and general expenses.

Diane was diagnosed with advanced endometrial cancer in January 2019. Her treatment consisted of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Diane recently was diagnosed with metastasis of endometrial cancer to both lungs, and she's just starting immunotherapy for treatment.  

The fundraiser will culminate with a benefit - "Our Big Do For Diane" - on Sat., April 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Muddy Rivers at the TownHouse, 710 First Ave. N., Grand Forks (NOTE: This is a change from the original location in East Grand Forks!) The event will include a freewill-offering baked potato bar, silent auction, bake sale and more, including music from Dad in Plaid & the Middle Kid," featuring Justin Auch and his daughter, Kenai. Children's face painting also will be available.

A PDF copy of the benefit poster can be downloaded HERE.

Revised poster for April 4 Diane Ripplinger benefit shows Muddy Rivers as new location
To help Diane, you also can:

* Click on the "Donate Now" button near the top of this page, then use your credit or debit card or a PayPal account to make a donation online. PayPal charges a small transaction fee; the rest of the donation goes entirely to Diane.

* Send or deliver a donation by check to: NDAD, c/o Diane Ripplinger Fundraiser, 2660 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks ND 58201. Make your check payable to NDAD and write "Diane Ripplinger" on the memo line. All of your donation will go to Diane.

* Follow the fundraiser on NDAD's Facebook and Twitter pages, and share this page and posts about the event with friends, family members and others who may wish to help.

If you'd like to volunteer, or if have items for the silent auction or bake sale you wish to donate, contact Kim Adams or Sharon Adams.

Diane, a lifelong resident of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, worked as a hairdresser for 45 years before an unexpected injury forced her retirement from the field. She was known for being a perfectionist when doing her client’s hair. She always took her time to make sure it was just right.

Diane raised three children: Brian, Buxton, N.D.; Lisa, Bellingham, Wash.; and Aaron, Sioux Falls, S.D.  She is the proud grandma of four boys: Nick, Noah, Adam and Andrew.

Diane also was the primary caregiver for her mother, Helen Adams, who has
Alzheimer’s dIsease.

Well known for her kindness and generous nature, Diane is an excellent cook and enjoys gatherings with family and friends.

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Charitable nonprofit NDAD is sponsoring the Diane Ripplinger fundraiser and serving as fund custodian through its Community Fundraisers Program. Get more about the program HERE, contact your nearest NDAD office in North Dakota, or call (800) 532-NDAD.
Benefit musicians Dad in Plaid & the Middle Kid
Diane Ripplinger and her mom, Helen Adams
Diane's adult kids: Brian Ripplinger, Lisa Kelsey and Aaron Ripplinger 


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