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Learn how to help a Fargo teen in need of a heart transplant and other ways to Lend A Hand Up

Check out our weekly list of new fundraisers and benefits from Lend A Hand Up, a nonprofit crowdfunding site that adds a 20% boost to online donations.

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Clay Fell
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New Fundraisers

Clay Fell , Fargo, was diagnosed with Limb Girdle21 Muscular Dystrophy when he was 5 years old. Clay, now 18, is confined to a wheelchair and awaiting a heart transplant through the Mayo Clinic. Because of the Hoyer lift needed to transfer him between his bed and wheelchair, travel and accommodations are difficult and expensive to find. His sister Addison passed away in 2022 from a similar diagnosis.

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Dan Dahlstrom
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Dan Dahlstrom , West Fargo, was diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma in December 2021 just as he was planning his retirement with wife Sherry. He underwent two Y90 procedures to shrink the tumors and was able to receive a new liver on May 3rd. He is currently in Minneapolis, beginning his long road to recovery.

Learn more/give at www.lendahandup.org.

Upcoming benefits:

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Val Howard
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A golf scramble, raffle and bean bag tournament to benefit Val Howard will be held May 20 at the Birchwood Golf Course in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. Howard is experiencing pain and limited mobility due to mitral valve disorder, neuropathy, and breast cancer that has metastasized to her organs and bones. After recent surgery and a lengthy hospital stay, she has resumed treatment at Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo. Funds raised through the tournaments, raffle, and online Lend A Hand Up fundraiser will help Val and her husband, Gary, with medical bills and other expenses that are creating financial hardship.

Learn more/give at www.lendahandup.org.

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Lend A Hand Up is a 501c3 nonprofit subsidiary of Dakota Medical Foundation. Gifts raised through Lend A Hand Up’s giving site increase in value by 20% to help area families experiencing hardship due to a health issue, recent loss of life, or traumatic event.

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