Join Alera's Health Journey

Alera Ivy Lorraine Keown was born on Friday, September 14, 2018. 

Little Miss Alera has spent the first four weeks of her life in the NICU at Altru hospital in Grand Forks as she was diagnosed with Down Syndrome and has a Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD). She will require open heart surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota to repair her heart. Alera will be air lifted to Mayo in the next few days (plans pending based on surgeon's and flight availability) to have her surgery and will spend approximately two weeks at Mayo during her recovery before returning to Grand Forks to begin her life at home with her family.

Alera's Mom, Janalle, and her Grandma, Barb, will be making the trip to be with her during surgery, while Dad, Shawn, stays in Grand Forks to be with their three other children (Mason, 14, Nova, 13, Jamison, 2). Janalle and Grandma Barb will be making several trips back and forth to Grand Forks during Alera's recovery. 

Once back in Grand Forks, Alera will need ongoing therapy in connection with the Down Syndrome diagnosis. 

Even with all of the amazing resources we've learned about in the last four weeks, we know that this is going to be an expensive time for the Keown family. This fund will be used for any unforeseen and uncovered expenses associated with travel, medical and other related expenses for Alera's family. We're asking if you would be willing to help support them financially during this time through this fundraising effort. 

This fundraiser was started by Alera's Aunt, Sarah Horak and will also be updated by Grandma Barb. Feel free to reach out with any questions. We love you and appreciate your support!


Sarah Horak
Grand Forks, ND

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