Overwhelming Support For Young Children With Rare Disease

By Laura Hamilton laura@kkcqradio.com (02/12/18)

Fosston is known as a community that cares and once again they opened their hearts and their pocketbooks to help a family with two young children suffering from a rare disease. Lydia and Drew Wahlstrom have Batten disease, a fatal neurological disorder. They are the grandchildren of Pastor Paul and Sheryl Magelssen of Fosston, A benefit for the Wahlstroms was held the first weekend in February There was a spaghetti supper and silent auction from 5 to 7 pm on Friday, February 2nd at Fosston High School during the boys and girls basketball double header vs. Fertile. Then on Saturday, February 3rd a free will concert was held at Hope Lutheran Church beginning at 7:00 pm. The concert featured Matt Atherton along with Lydia and Drew's Mom Laura and her sisters Rachel and Kara. Donations from the benefit continue to come in but $21,000 has been raised thus far which will go toward making the Wahlstrom's home handicap accessible. An emotional Cheryl Magelssen shared her heartfelt thanks during the Sunday morning church service at Hope Lutheran Church in Fosston.


A fund for Lydia and Drew Wahlstrom has been set up at the First National Bank in Fosston and Bagley.

Donations can also be made at www.journeyhomeusa.org. They are the non-profit renovating the house for the Wahstrom family. Donations are tax deductible.