Hundreds Show Support for Baby Aria at Benefit

August 29, 2015 10:34 PM

SUPERIOR, Wis. - A couple hundred supporters turned out to help ease some of the financial stress resting on the Gram family's shoulders. One-year-old Aria Rose Gram has been on an ECMO machine waiting for a heart transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota since June.

There was a dinner, raffle and silent auction at the Belgian Club in Superior. Billie Van Ert, Aria's grandmother, said the cost of gas for trips to Rochester and Aria's father's medical leave has heaped additional financial stress on the family.

"Every single day and every single week, we don't know if she's going to make it," Van Ert said. "There's something going wrong all the time. It's almost a daily thing where something is going wrong, so we just don't know all the time."

Despite all of this stress, Van Ert said the community's support has meant a lot.

"When we first started doing this, I thought we were going to put a few baskets out, have a few people here," Van Ert said. "I have had endless people that I don't even know that have just jumped on the bandwagon to help us and to come out and support Tara and Josh like I've just never ever seen before."

The family is still collecting donations through a GoFundMe site.


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