By Rylee Nelson
FARGO, N.D. – When Aidon, the son of The Forum’s Stacie Zeck was sent via Life Flight to the Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, The Forum’s accounting department headed an effort to help the family curb the financial costs. Volunteers toured The Forum building selling ribbons and accepting donations for Aidon’s cause.
“Everyone should be so proud to work here. When the employees at The Forum were informed of Aidon’s situation, they went above and beyond to help. I am blown away by the generosity of our ‘Forum Family.’” said Sarah Elliott a Forum accounting employee.
Elliot noted that the response from her co-workers was more than she could have expected.
“Campaign turnout was amazing. Co-workers were stopping by before the event to drop off donations,” Elliot said. “Donations were ready to go the day that fundraisers went desk-to-desk, and those that were missed came by the next day to make donations, wanting to make sure that Aidon and his family received the support.”
Aidon suffered from esophageal varices, which causes internal rupturing and life-threatening bleeding. Though he was sedated and required a ventilator for seven days, his condition has since stabilized. However, doctors expect more surgery and treatment in the coming weeks.
Elliot and those who participated hope the funds raised helps to allow the family to concentrate on other things.
“The impact to Aidon is great,” Elliot said. “The donations allow him and his family to focus on recovery.”
The Forum is owned by Forum Communications Co., which is a multimedia information company based in Fargo. FCC owns dozens of newspapers, websites and television and radio stations, and commercial printing plants in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.