Bulletin boards, storefronts and other visible locations around the East Grand Forks and Grand Forks area soon will display the accompanying leaflet in support of young Teagan Leehan.
Sunday, Sept. 16, is the date set for a fundraiser in support of little Teagan, who will turn 1 on Oct. 31. What a young life she’s already experienced. Teagan has undergone two liver transplants — one of them failed — at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, both to deal with a life-threatening medical condition.
Teagan, the daughter of Lyndsey (Van Eps) and Drew Leehan and the granddaughter of Rachel and Ken Van Eps, is on a recovery journey now, but she also faces a lifetime of tests, medicines and medical visits to maintain her transplanted liver. The family already is shouldering a significant financial burden as a result of Teagan’s health challenges.
NDAD, through its Community Fundraiser program, is part of Team Teagan’s cause. The longtime charitiable nonprofit is providing publicity support in addition to serving as custodian for donated funds, all which will be used to support Teagan and her family with medical and other essential day-to-day expenses.
If you’re unable attend the benefit, set for 3 to 6 p.m. at the Ramada, 1205 N. 43rd St., Grand Forks, on Sept. 16, you may help by sending a donation to NDAD, c/o Teagan Leehan fundraiser, 2660 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58201, or by dropping off a donation at that office or one of its other offices in Fargo, Minot and Williston. Please make your check payable to: NDAD / Teagan Leehan.
You also may donate online to help Teagan at http://www.ndad.org/fundraisers.asp, and use the “Give Online” button next to Teagan’s story.
Other fundraiser sponsors include Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Vessel Christian Foundation.
Contact LaRae Foerster at (218) 779-8563 with other questions, or to find out how to donate items for a silent auction or gift basket raffle.
NDAD’s fundraisers page also includes information about benefit efforts for others, including Helen Garcia, an East Grand Forks woman battling breast cancer, and Dennis Ahoe, a Williston man who became a quadeplegic after a serious motorcycle accident near Minot.
About NDAD’s Community Fundraisers program
NDAD-sponsored community fundraisers are conducted by friends and families of a person with a disability or a serious health challenge. NDAD, a charitable nonprofit organization, acts as custodian of the funds raised, which can be used to help the individual with medical and other urgent needs and expenses, including helping with doctor, clinic or hospital bills and paying pre-existing bills.
NDAD allows the client to use the bank of his or her choice to hold all funds that are raised.
The community fundraiser service is offered free of charge by NDAD. All funds raisesd are spent on the client’s needs. It’s a service NDAD has provided across North Dakota for the majority of its 37 years. References are available.
The service offers benefits in several ways. NDAD is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, meaning any funds donated to NDAD qualify for a charitable donation and are deductible for donors who itemize. Funds donated to bank accounts that are not under 501(c)(3) status are not deductible funds.
Donations directly to a needy individual also may cause that person to lose eligibility for various public assistance programs that are based on income. With NDAD as fund custodian, the funds should protect eligibility for public programs.
NDAD tracks all funds raised and expenses paid. The client, family member or representative can bring in the donation, and NDAD will provide the necessary accounting functions. Approved bills must be submitted to NDAD, where they will be paid with donated funds — a service that can be of great relief to individuals or families dealing with overwhelming situations. If clients are at medical facilities out of town for long periods of time, it also can be a great convenience.
NDAD’s long reputable service in North Dakota also is a factor sometimes when potential donors consider a fundraiser sponsored by the organization. Also, NDAD provides marketing and consulting expertise to help with fundraisers, including creation and copying of posters, letters or any other advertising items necessary for fundraisers.
Learn more about NDAD’s Community Fundraisers program by calling (701) 775-5577 or toll free (800) 532-NDAD.
It’s yet another way NDAD helps others help themselves.