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Idland benefit fundraiser set for Hawley

Friends and Family will host a Benefit Fundraiser on Monday, Feb. 25, for Mariah Idland (Larson) to help offset the growing medical expenses Mariah and her family will incur over the next weeks, months and years.

Mariah was born with anomalous origin of the left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery. She’s had five surgeries repairing and replacing the mechanical valve that was put in her heart as an infant. Her latest surgery, to repair the aortic valve, was Jan. 18 at the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. If heart issues weren’t enough, Mariah also has Factor XIII deficiency, a rare blood disorder that causes a severe bleeding tendency and poses many complications during surgery. Along with heart and blood problems, Mariah recently has begun having issues with her left knee. It fills up with fluid and becomes very painful. After months of suffering, Mariah was referred to a pediatric rheumatologist at the Children’s Hospital where she was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. In her 14 years, Mariah has had to deal with more struggles than most do in a lifetime. Despite rocky roads, her positivity and compassion is unshakable and she truly an inspiration to everyone she encounters.

The fundraiser will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Hawley Elementary School, 915 7th St., featuring a spaghetti supper, and a silent auction with both physical items as well as gift certificates for products and/or services. Any donation will be greatly appreciated.

Online donations may be made to DMF Lend a Hand: and cash or check donations sent to: Bell State Bank & Trust 409 Sheyenne St., West Fargo, ND 58078 with checks made payable to Mariah Idland Benefit Fund. DMF Lend A Hand is supporting the fundraising effort with up to $5,000 of matching funds.