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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Benefit being held Friday for Lesley Sagedahl

  • Lesley Sagedahl has been fighting Metastatic Endometrial Cancer for three-and-a-half years, and her friends and loved ones decided the time was right to give her a little help as medical bills pile up....
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  • Lesley Sagedahl has been fighting Metastatic Endometrial Cancer for three-and-a-half years. Her friends and loved ones are concerned about every aspect of her life and have decided the time was right to give her a little help as medical bills pile up.  
    So, they got together and formed a benefit committee, each one with their own assignment to help the event be successful.
    The benefit is this Friday at the Wabasso Community Center with several activities, in-cluding a meal.
    Fundraising activities include Bingo from 4-7 p.m. There is a bake sale, also beginning at 4 p.m.
    A meal, including pulled pork or a hot dog, summer salad, baked beans, chips and a bar, is being served from 5 -8 p.m. There is also a silent auction from 5-8 p.m. as well. To top off the evening there is going to be Karaoke music from 8-10 p.m.  provided by Lauri Alt from Evans.
    “It should be noted that Lauri Alt is the owner of Mama G’s Bar & Grill in Evan,” Sagedahl’s friend Amy Iverson said. “Lauri will be hosting a separate Karaoke event at Mama G’s on Saturday, Nov. 30 and will be donating the proceeds to Lesley’s fundraiser, too. This is huge, because she was a complete stranger until just three to four weeks ago. She is very generous and kind.”
    Iverson went on to share some details of Sagedahl’s life to date.
    Sagedahl is a Wa-basso native, graduating from WHS in 1989.
    From there, she went on to get a degree in early childhood from St. Cloud Tech College.
    After that she went to work for Puzzlecraft in Wabasso. Then she worked a while for Schult Homes in Red-wood Falls.
    Now, Sagedahl is back in Wabasso working at Jonti-Craft.
    “Lesley’s been very fortunate in that she has not lost any work time due to sickness,” Iverson said.  “Only the days off for treatment.”
    Iverson said Sage-dahl has had four sessions of chemotherapy, each treatment taking a whole day. She got one every three weeks.
    Now, she’s due for a PET scan, which is go-ing to show how effective treatment was.
    One of the sponsors is a group of kids called Ya Ya’s Warriors.
    When asked where the term Ya Ya came from, Iverson said when her own kids were very small, her son couldn’t say Lesley and ended up calling her Ya Ya. Eventually, several other children came to call her that, too. Sagedahl’s fund raiser is also sponsored in part by supplemental funds from Thrivent Financial.
    Page 2 of 2 - Anyone who is unable to attend the fundraisers this weekend may make individual donations by contacting Lisa Dudgeon at (507) 342-5210, Vanessa Miller at (507) 430-5190 or Amy Iver-son at (507) 752-7144.
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