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Alum and former employee seeking help

January 3, 2017

Adeline RaisanenA former employee and 2004 graduate of Finlandia University is looking for your help. Scott Raisanen’s daughter Adeline was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HPLHS) at the 20 week ultrasound. It’s been a difficult journey for the Adeline, and to help offset the costs a GoFundMe page has been created. Any help from the Finlandia University community would be appreciated.

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Additional information on Adeline is available below courtesy of the GoFundMe page.

Scott Raisanen former student, hockey player, and employee. Scott graduated in 2004.

“She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. She walked with the universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings.”

Sweet Adeline Raisanen was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HPLHS) at the 20 week ultrasound. In very simple terms, she would be born with half a heart. Essentially, this means that for any chance of survival, she would need a series of three open heart surgeries starting at one week old and the last being around age three. These surgeries do not fully correct the issue, but gives her heart time to grow until she will likely need a heart transplant.

This unexpected journey means a new definition of normal for the Raisanen family. Tara will be need to be home with Adeline for an undefined amount of time, possibly until she enters school. Between doctor visits, surgeries, and moving to one income, one of the greatest challenges for this family will be one of financial need.

Many of you have asked me, over the last several weeks, how you can help the Raisanen family. Here is your opportunity.  Chances are you already know that both Scott and Tara are two of the kindest human beings your will ever meet.  Your financial gift will help to provide strength and stability to Tara,  Scott, and big sister Bella. Your contribution is pricesless to this family. Thank you for your donation.

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