An earlier post is repeated below:
A few days remain before a benefit in Grand Forks for Teagan Leehan.
She’s the 10-month-old East Grand Forks, Minn., girl who was the recipient of a new liver this summer.
In fact, little Teagan needed two liver transplants – the first failed to work sufficiently – in early summer in order to survive failing health caused by biliary atresia, or blockage in the ducts that carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder.
Teagan’s liver transplant was expedited at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis during early summer when tests found a tumor, likely cancerous, on Teagan’s liver.
Teagan, whose 1st birthday will be Oct. 31, is the first child of Drew and Lyndsey (Van Eps) Leehan. Her grandparents are longtime East Grand Forks residents Ken and Rachel Van Eps.
Drew Leehan is a production manager at LM Wind Power. Lyndsey Leehan is an emergency room nurse at Altru Hospital.
Sunday’s benefit is from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Ramada Inn., 1205 N. 43rd St., Grand Forks, and will feature pulled pork sandwiches, plus a baked potato bar, bake sale, silent auction, gift basket raffle, face painting, children’s games and live music.
NDAD, Vessel Christian Foundation and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans are benefit sponsors. NDAD is serving as custodian for monies raised on behalf of Teagan, and the donations already are coming in.
All proceeds will be used toward Teagan’s medical and essential day-to-day expenses, including a lifetime of tests, medications and medical visits.
If you can’t attend the benefit, donations may be mailed to or dropped off at: NDAD, 2660 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58201. Please make checks payable to: NDAD / Teagan Leehan.
Learn more about the fundraiser at: