Taniesha D. Anderson

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

A benefit is scheduled in Minot in November to help Taniesha Anderson, a 19-year-old with a developmental disability, obtain an accessible vehicle with adaptive equipment that would allow her to drive.

The benefit is set for Friday, Nov. 19, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Minot Auditorium. The fundraiser will feature dinner - a choice of ham or turkey with "all the fixins" and a silent auction. A $25 donation is suggested for adults; freewill donations are welcomed. 

Feel free to wear a mask, and social distancing is recommended.

A PDF of the benefit flyer is HERE.
Poster for Taniesha Anderson benefit in Minot. Two images of Taniesha Anderson, the subject of a Nov. 19 benefit in Minot, with the words: "A Benefit for Taniesha Anderson, Friday, Nov. 19, 3 to 6 p.m., Minot Municipal Auditorium, 420 Third Ave. S.W., Main Entrance, Rm 201. Dinner choice of turkey and ham 'with all the fixins'. $25 suggest donation per adult; freewill donations welcomed. Silent auction. All proceeds will go to Taniesha for vehicle and general living expenses. Taniesha Anderson, 19, really can use a vehicle to continue developing her independent living skills as she eners adulthood. The "ride" she seeks is unlike those sought by most others her age - for very good reason. The Minot native and resident was born with caudal regression syndrome, a developmental disorder that impairs her spinal cord, lower back, limbs and more. She's weathered six surgeries and many therapies during her life, and she uses a wheelchair. Taniesha was about to take her road test for her driver's test when her mom's vehicle, which had adaptive equipment, including hand controls, was hit from behind and totaled. That's brought this online college criminal justice student and part-time retail employee's pursuit to a screeching halt. Please help her get back on the road to greater mobility and independence again. Learn more about Taniesha's story and benefit, then DONATE ONLINE to help her at NDAD.org. Or, mail your check to: NDAD, c/o Taniesha Anderson Fundraiser, 1808 20th Ave. S.E., Minot ND 58701. Please make checks payable to NDAD and write "Taniesha Anderson" on your check's memo line... NDAD is the North Dakota Association for the Disabled - Offices in Grand Forks, Minot, Fargo, Bismarck & Williston - (800) 532-NDAD - NDAD.org."
Poster for Taniesha's Nov. 19 benefit and NDAD-sponsored fundraiser.
The benefit is sponsored by charitable nonprofit NDAD under its Community Fundraisers Program. All proceeds from the benefits will go to Taniesha for the purpose of obtaining an accessible vehicle with adaptive driving equipment and for general living expenses.

Taniesha, a 19 year old young adult, was born with a disability known as Caudal Regression Syndrome. It is noted that one out of every 60,000 people get this disease. Caudal Regression Syndrome is a development disability disorder that impairs areas which includes the spinal cord, lower back, and limbs and more.

Taniesha was born and reared most of her life in Minot and has experienced six surgeries throughout her life. Taniesha has weathered the storms of this development disability with the aid of therapies surgeries and a wheelchair. 

Taniesha went with her mother, Sharon, and brother, Jonathan, to Alaska where her mother married in 2018. Taniesha graduated from high school at Matanuska Susitna Middle College in Palmer, Alaska. These days, she is back in Minot and attending American Intercontinental University in Chandler, Ariz., via online and pursuing a degree in criminal justice with a specialty in forensic science.

Taniesha enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, eating, hair styling designs of box braiding and latch hook, and music. Taniesha played the electric drums for the Church of the Living God in Minot and played the violin in school. Taniesha desires to learn how to the play the cello. 

Taniesha was recently hired at a local retail store.

Taniesha has completed her driver's education class in Minot and has some training driving vehicles with adaptive equipment both in Minot and in Alaska.

She was in the final phase of driving experience and scheduling her driver's test when her mother's vehicle, which has adaptive equipment, was hit from behind and the vehicle was totaled. That brought Taniesha's driving to a standstill. For most teenagers, completing driver's education and being able to drive and obtain a driver's license, graduate high school and purchase a vehicle are the first signs of becoming an independent adult. For Taniesha, the accident brought her dreams came to a screeching halt. Her desires to drive and continue her journey toward becoming an independent adult have not.

Taniesha continues to develop independent living skills. She desires to obtain a vehicle with adaptive equipment which includes hand control, and automatic doors with a rear door opening and a rear ramp, with additional modifications that she need to drive a motor vehicle independently. However, the cost of a vehicle, equipment, and modifications are extremely expensive - which once again brings Taniesha to a screeching halt.

This is a picture of a vehicle similar to what Taniesha is seeking.

Will you help fulfill the desire for this young girl that was born with development Disabilities? Let's help make her dream come true! 

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