After a three-year struggle against Familial Chronic Pancreatitis — often debilitating her from normal activity, EHS high school student, Willow faced receipt of a groundbreaking operation at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. A 12-hour surgery and up to 10 weeks recovery at the hospital and nearby Ronald McDonald House presented big challenges for this local family.

ENIN learned of Willow’s situation and acted quickly to assess and provide what the family was going to need in the immediate – funding for travel, short-term housing costs in MN, and upfront medical co-pays. We also recognized the lengthy time apart for the family and supplied iPad minis allowing the family to stay connected via Facetime through it all.

Willow and her family’s strength truly inspired us at ENIN, and we were not alone. It was amazing to see the numerous other fundraising and support efforts put on by our great community.