Aaron Erickson Fundraiser

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Aaron Erickson is a Moorhead High School student who was born with a rare and complex congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). With this congenital heart defect, the left side of his heart is critically underdeveloped and the pumping chamber is unable to effectively pump blood to the body. Children with this defect typically undergo 3 open heart surgeries, the Norwood, Glenn, and Fontan, over their first few years of life. Aaron has been a fighter since the day he was born. He underwent his first open heart surgery at just 5 days old. Only six months later, he unexpectedly needed arch reconstruction. Four months after that, he endured a third open heart surgery. All within his first year of life. At three years old, Aaron persevered through his fourth open heart surgery. Since that time, he has dealt with a narrowing of different arteries and his aortic arch, along with heart rhythm problems. In overseeing his condition, he has continued to undergo countless procedures, tests, and monitoring throughout his entire childhood.

In April 2021, at one of his routine cardio appointments, Aaron’s echocardiogram indicated his heart’s function had significantly diminished. Aaron has always been a warrior who displays courage, strength, determination, and wisdom beyond his years as he navigates his HLHS journey. He continued to exhibit these qualities after this challenging appointment when it was evident his body would need a heart transplant to thrive. Aaron was officially put on the UNOS list September 1st and is currently awaiting a donor heart.

During this initial phase of his new heart transplant journey, Aaron and his mom, Holly, will incur travel, housing, and living expenses in Rochester while he attends appointments at Mayo pre-transplant, and additional expenses during the 3 months post-transplant when they will reside in Rochester due to the frequency of required visits. While normally they would stay at the RMH, COVID restrictions would make physical contact with Aaron’s loving dad and supportive sister almost completely restricted. Knowing how much being with his family will be critical for Aaron’s care and recovery, alternative housing arrangements are necessary. Beyond those basic needs, organ transplants are complicated and costly. Even with insurance coverage, there are many expenses that will be incurred that are not fully covered, particularly portions of the lifelong medications needed to sustain the transplant, some physician fees, as well as general care before deductibles are met. Depending on the additional complexities of Aaron’s case once this lifesaving procedure occurs, unexpected post-care expenses are a real possibility as well. Additionally, Holly will need to take extended leave away from her job as a West Fargo teacher, where she is beloved by her students.  She has given so much to her students and made such an impact on so many lives, it is only fitting that we as a community are able to give back to such an amazing human and family.

Please give generously to this online fund.  Lend A Hand Up will boost online gifts by 20% up to $5000.  Checks may also be made to the Aaron Erickson Benefit Fund at US Bank | 403 Center Ave, Moorhead, MN 56560 Attn: Brian Ness.  For more information, contact Lyn King @ [email protected]  or Eric Dobervich @ 701-238-8830

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  1. Bryan Thompson

    Kick ass bc you deserve nothing more than to live life to the fullest! People like you show the rest of us that you can overcome anything you put your mind too!

  2. Zoe

    Hi Aaron! I am a nursing student in Minot. I came home from school today after wrapping up our pediatric cardiology rotation where I learned about your heart syndrome and I immediately saw your story on the news. I was amazed by seeing your resilience and all of the pictures of you going through treatments. Even though you don’t know me, I am so proud of you and I’m sure every one else is too. I donated what I could and I hope it helps. I am sending you so many positive thoughts and tons of strength!!!

  3. J.Trosvik

    I hope everything goes the best it possibly can! We will be thinking about you and praying for you during this next journey!
    House 6B-Mrs. T

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  1. Bryan Thompson

    Kick ass bc you deserve nothing more than to live life to the fullest! People like you show the rest of us that you can overcome anything you put your mind too!

  2. Zoe

    Hi Aaron! I am a nursing student in Minot. I came home from school today after wrapping up our pediatric cardiology rotation where I learned about your heart syndrome and I immediately saw your story on the news. I was amazed by seeing your resilience and all of the pictures of you going through treatments. Even though you don’t know me, I am so proud of you and I’m sure every one else is too. I donated what I could and I hope it helps. I am sending you so many positive thoughts and tons of strength!!!

  3. J.Trosvik

    I hope everything goes the best it possibly can! We will be thinking about you and praying for you during this next journey!
    House 6B-Mrs. T

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