Taco Bar event March 23 at the Crookston Eagles will benefit UMC student battling health challenges

    The ‘Rally for Allie’ continues for University of Minnesota Crookston student Alyssa LaSart who was recently faced with two major health incidents. UMC students will be holding one last fundraiser, a freewill taco bar dinner and silent auction, on Thursday, March 23 from 5-7 p.m. at the Crookston Eagles for LaSart.

    Allie, 20, a UMC Animal Science major, was diagnosed in September 2015 with a malignant ovarian tumor on her right ovary and had the entire organ removed along with a football-sized cyst on her left ovary. At her bi-annual ultrasound in December 2016 they found another mass and she was faced with having her left ovary removed which would render her infertile.

    Thanks to recent donations from UMC students and staff and her family, and a loan that she took out for fertility treatment and egg retrieval surgery, LaSart was able to harvest and freeze four of nine viable eggs to give her the chance to have children some day.

    Allie had her left ovary and a low-grade cancerous tumor removed in mid-February as well as her appendix. She is left with no ovaries, but still has her uterus. She has since returned to classes and will have a check-up appointment over spring break in the Twin Cities.

    If you can’t make it to the Crookston Eagles for the taco bar fundraiser and silent auction but would like to donate or learn more about Allie’s story, you can visit her GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/alyssas-fertility-fund.