Allie Savelkoul was born in July 8, 2017. One day after her birth, she failed her hearing test. The hospital's medical staff referred Allie's parents to St. Cloud ENT where she failed the Auditory Brain-stem Response (ABR). They found that she's profoundly deaf in both ears.

The Savelkoul family met with a surgeon at the U of M to talk about implanting two Cochlear implants (little electronic devices that can provide some sense of sound to a deaf person) into Allie's ears. She has to wear hearing aids to stimulate her ears in preparation for the implant surgery.

The cost of the surgery is expensive. The Savelkoul family is holding a benefit for their baby girl in hopes that they can raise money to soften the cost of the procedure. The implants will help Allie hear and give her full speech as she grows and develops.

The benefit kicks off on Saturday, March 3 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at St. Martin Hall in St. Martin. There will be live music, a freewill donation dinner, live auction, silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.

A special fund has been set up to make donations through Minnesota Credit Union. You can make checks payable to Allie Savelkoul.

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