Dear Blog People…

It is rare that I come to you with anything all that important, but here goes.

Friends of Otis & James, Perry and Melissa Olson, were blessed with the arrival of their precious daughter, Natalie Beatrice on October 22, 2006.

Born at just 29 weeks, and weighing only 2 lbs 4 ozs, Natalie has been in the NICU since her arrival. After spending almost the first 3 weeks of her life at Trinity Hospital in Minot, she is now at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital, Fairview.

Natalie is proving that she is a fighter, determined to come out on top!

But, this sweet little angel still has a long road ahead of her, and the medical expenses for her care are mounting. So, a special fund has been set up to help Perry & Melissa with those expenses. If you would like to help the Olson’s out in their time of need, we invite you to visit, or to contact:

Prairie Federal Credit Union

The Natalie Olson Benefit Fund
c/o Perry and Melissa Olson
1430 South Broadway
Minot, ND 58701

We came to know Melissa & Perry through one of our wedding clients, Brittany & Steve Miller. Steve is the brother of Melissa, and we loved Brittany so much we hired her on as our assistant during this past, and future summers! We love Steve too, but not enough to keep around the office. We thank you for taking a little time for this, and you may now go about your regular blogging.



By otis

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  1. The Olson family are also dear friends of mine, as we grew up together with Perry’s family at the same summer resort for as long as I can remember. What a great way to raise money for Natalie–she is such a fighter and I know she will pull through! It’s amazing how she improves every day, and to read the wonderful, inspiring updates from Perry, Melissa, and the rest of the family on Natalie’s Caring Bridge site shows how much she is loved. Thanks for posting this in your blog! I am a loyal reader from Grand Forks and it was great to see some familiar names!

  2. I am so moved by the wonder of this beautiful little girl fighting for life. So many times we assume it will not be us, but this could be anyone’s baby. She is truely a gift and I hope everyone that looks at these pictures goes and donates…wether it be a dollar or hundreds Natalie deserves it. I would never stop fighting if that was my daughter, so lets help her receive the medical she deserves. Grow strong Natalie!

  3. I just learned of your post about Natalie on the blog–how sweet of you to support my miracle niece in this way (and her lucky family, too)! Natalie, Perry and Melissa are teaching all of us about perseverance, faith and love, and I know I for one feel blessed to have all three of them in my life.

    The generosity of the people of Minot–and beyond–has been amazing and inspiring. Thank you so much for helping out how you can by posting Natalie’s story and her benefit information. She’s truly a miracle, carried by the undying support of people like you!

    PS–I always enjoy checking out your blog–you do great work!

  4. If we want to make a donation to Natalie and her family, do we just send it to the credit union, or what do we do. We are praying and thinking about such a wonderful little girl right now!

  5. If you would like to make a donation, you can mail it or take it to Prairie Federal Credit Union, where the fund is set up. Thanks to everyone for their support, it is greatly appreciated.


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