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Spaghetti Feed benefit set for Rosalynn Anderson

Rosalynn Anderson

In her short life, 17-month old Rosalynn Anderson has earned the love and admiration of family and friends and everybody else for that matter who has had the privilege of coming into contact with her.

Now that group of people is banding around her in a show of support hosting a special benefit event as the little girl faces medical difficulties.

The spaghetti feed, silent auction and raffle/bake sale along with a live band benefit for Rosalynn or "Rossi" as she is affectionately called will take place Saturday, Sept. 8, starting at 4 p.m. at the Teamsters Hall, 21 18th St. S., Fargo.

Rosalynn has been diagnosed with Tracheobronchomalacia with at least 50 percent narrowing of her trachea and an uncertainty of an underlying condition. She has been admitted to the pediatric intensive care four times and the regular unit at least five times including overnight stays for observation since November 2011, fighting a continuous battle with respiratory issues. Rosalynn is currently working with specialists in Fargo but due to the extent of her issues is presently at the University of Minnesota Hospital, where she is undergoing several tests and meeting with different specialists which her family hopes will result in a definite diagnosis.

The benefit will help defray some of the medical costs and expenses related to her treatment and travel.

Rosalynn's parents are Joshua and Elizabeth Anderson, of Moorhead, and her grandparents, Curtis and Tammie Bakko of West Fargo; Brian Haglund and Stacy Stevens, Moorhead; and Joel and Dawn Anderson, Barnesville. She also has two doting sisters, Cadence, 7, and Samara, 5.

Referencing the recent testing Tammie said, "Hopefully we can get some answers to questions and be able to fix this baby. She is just a beautiful little girl. She has a smile on her face and in her heart at all times. Even when she is at her sickest point, this child still has a smile on her face. She is always happy, easy going and just amazing. She is a true inspiration to this grandma."

Rosalynn's sisters are presently staying with Grandma Tammie and have been skyping their sister to stay in contact while she is away for the testing. "They love her so much and are so concerned about their baby sister," Tammie added.

The family is hoping Rosalyn will be well enough to be able to attend the benefit. Tammie said the event is open to everyone wishing to attend, including children, who will be able to participate until 10 p.m.

Family members will be greeting guests wearing special "Rally for Rossi" T-shirts that will also be available for sale.

The meal will involve a free will donation. There will be various silent auction and raffle items along with a bake sale. Following the meal, live music will be provided by the "Moody River Band."'

Tammie noted that among the raffle items will be a beautiful outdoor shed constructed by a local builder at a value of approximately $2,500.

Those unable to be there but who still like to make a contribution can do so online at click on "Donate," or by mailing to: State Bank and Trust, 1338 8th St. S., Moorhead, Minn. 56560, payable to the Rosalynn Anderson Benefit Fund.

DMF Lend A Hand will provide $5,000 of matching funds for the Rosalynn Anderson Family.