Updated: 11/30/2012 12:38 PM KSTP.com By: Kaitlin Stevens
Acute Myeloid Leukemia, AML, is a rapidly progressing type of leukemia that is usually found in adults over 40, but 8-year-old Abby Olson of Shakopee was diagnosed on Sept. 26th.
Only about 500 people are diagnosed with this cancer of the blood and bone marrow every year in the United States and it’s rarely found in children.
Abby’s diagnosis means she will need about 6 months of treatment, most of which will be spent in-patient at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.
To help offset some of the high cost of the treatment, Abby’s family is planning a spaghetti dinner and raffle benefit at the Savage American Legion on Saturday, Dec. 1st. The benefit will go from 2 to 8 p.m.
According to the Facebook page that was set up for the event, tickets for the spaghetti dinner are $15. The dinner will include spaghetti, dinner salad, breadsticks, cookies and a choice of coffee or punch.
Raffle tickets will be available and there will be an area set up for families to get up to five portraits taken by a professional photographer for $10.
The event will be held in the banquet room in the back of the legion and guests are encouraged to bring their kids along. All proceeds will go to the Abigail Olson Donation Trust at Wells Fargo, according to the event page.
Dinner tickets will be available at the door or in advance by contacting Russ Rice at 952-292-8777 or Sarah Olson at 952-445-2209.
Donations can be made by stopping in to any Wells Fargo Bank and specifying the amount you would like to be deposited into the 'Abigail Olson Donation Trust'.
People can also mail donations to: Wells Fargo, 8041 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park, MN 55445. Mailed donations will need to note that they are for the 'Abigail Olson Donation Trust' and attention William Couch.
According to the event page, the family has linked a Paypal account that will directly deposit to the Wells Fargo fund.
Click here if you’re interested in making a donation.