Allie’s Wish at Avant Garden – to help Alex

When Anoka High School junior Megan Elizabeth learned that a classmate’s seven-year-old brother was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, she knew she had to do something to help out.

Allie’s Wish benefit concert benefits seven-year old Alex Loehlein, recently diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Photo submitted

Allie’s Wish benefit concert benefits seven-year old Alex Loehlein, recently diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Photo submitted

The teenaged musician immediately thought of Allie’s Wish, a non-profit put together to help those in need, celebrate the gift of giving, and inspire others to do the same.

Eager to stage an Allie’s Wish concert to benefit Alex, Elizabeth contacted two young musician friends – high school seniors Mikk Nestrud and Cole Birklid. Together, they mapped out a playlist and scheduled the concert.

The concert will be staged 6-8 p.m. Jan. 24 at Avant Garden coffee shop (215 Main St., Anoka).

There is no cover charge, but donations are welcome.

If you’d like to help but cannot attend the concert, donations can be made to Alex at www.AlliesWish.org.

More about Alex

After his parents noticed two-year-old Alex had trouble climbing the stairs, doctors diagnosed him with a weak Achilles tendon and assured them he would grow out of it.

Not convinced, they took him to Children’s Hospital and then to Mayo Clinic where his tendon weakness was finally  attributed to Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

To manage his condition, the now-seven year-old boy goes to weekly physical therapy sessions, sleeps with leg braces strapped on, and takes medications.

The Allie’s Wish benefit concert will help ease the family’s financial burden as they care for their little boy.

To learn more about Allie’s Wish, visit www.AlliesWish.org.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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