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Ali Borgen ‘Smile Wide’ music scholarship established

March 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The family of Ali Borgen has established a scholarship with the Grand Forks Foundation for Education to benefit students in Grand Cities Children’s Choir, the Summer Performing Arts program or involved in private music lessons. Continue Reading

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Petersburg Girl Keeps Best Friend’s Spirit Alive in Fight for a Cure

January 25, 2012 in WDAZ

PETERSBURG, ND (WDAZ-TV) – A year after a 14-year-old Grand Forks girl dies of Leukemia, her best friend keeps her memory alive fighting for a cure. Continue Reading

Smile wide: Friends and strangers rally for Ali and all kids facing cancer

January 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Ali was Farrah Heitkamp’s friend, and Farrah, 15, told her friend’s story today to schoolmates at Dakota Prairie High School in Petersburg, near where Ali’s family had lived the first years of her life, before the family moved to Grand Forks. Tuesday was the one-year anniversary of Ali Borgen’s death. Continue Reading

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GF Mayor Honors Ali Borgen on ‘Smile Wide Day’

September 8, 2011 in WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) -At the September 6 City Council meeting, the mayor of Grand Forks recognized a little girl who captured the hearts of many in the area and told them to smile wide everyday.
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In GF, ‘Smile Wide Day’ honors 14-year-old Ali Borgen

September 5, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Today is “Smile Wide Day” in Grand Forks in honor of Ali Borgen, the spirited 14-year-old girl who fought against leukemia until her death on Jan. 24. Today would have been her 15th birthday. Continue Reading

Ali Borgen loses long, spirited fight with leukemia

January 24, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Ali Borgen, the cherubic Grand Forks kid whose painful but spirited fight against leukemia captured the concern and admiration of thousands in her community and beyond, died early today. Continue Reading

Hundreds turn out for Ali’s celebration

January 9, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Transferring from limo to wheelchair, Ali Borgen was accompanied down a red carpet at the Ramada Inn by her mother, Karen, glamorous in a pink feather boa, and her father, Rich, head painted swamp green and studded with bolts: a more than passable Shrek. Continue Reading

‘Overwhelming’ response to Ali Borgen silent auction

January 7, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Artwork, motel packages, handmade jewelry, Fighting Sioux hockey tickets more than 50 donated items will be auctioned off Sunday to benefit childhood cancer research at Ali Borgen’s “Celebration of a Lifetime.” Continue Reading

A cluster of questions

October 3, 2009 in Grand Forks Herald

A woman who has made awareness of childhood leukemia her life’s passion wants state and national health authorities to investigate a possible “cancer cluster” in Grand Forks County. Kristen Abner has identified at least nine cases of children diagnosed in the past three years with leukemia, including seven in the city of Grand Forks. Continue Reading