A Celebration for AliA Grand Forks girl isn't letting a grim prognosis get the best of her. Instead, she is celebrating her life with a special party to inspire and help other children battling cancer.
A Grand Forks girl isn't letting a grim prognosis get the best of her.
Instead, she is celebrating her life with a special party to inspire and help other children battling cancer.
Every song from the choir, every brush stroke from the face painter and every person in costume dressed up as their favorite character were all for Ali Borgen.
"It just great to have them all here and meet all of them who have written me cards and I don't even know them," said Ali, who was dressed up as the book heroine, Pippi Longstocking.
14-year-old Borgen has been battling acute lymbastic leukemia since she was 10.
Biopsies in December showed her leukemia has spread to her bones. Doctors discharged her from the Mayo Clinic when the found 74-percent of leukemia cells in her bone marrow.
"They've done all the treatment options available. Right now she's on palliative chemo to help with the pain and hospice is coming to our house," said Ali's mom, Karen Borgen.
They wanted to have a party to celebrate the end of her treatment, but instead friends and family are getting together for a different reason.
"I just want to have a party to celebrate the last time of my life," said Ali.
"She said I don't just want them to come to my funeral. I want them to see me now," said Karen.
With a silent auction raising $10,400, UND football players helping with games even her dad dressed up as Shrek are helping do something for other children like Ali.
"She wanted everyone to come as their favorite character. I guess I am considered the ogre around the home," said Ali's dad, Rich Borgen.
"They're selling key chains I made, donations.. I want to give the money to cancer research so they can find a cure for kids," said Ali.
Ali's positive outlook, and desire to help other kids with leukemia is perhaps the best reminders of what her party is all about.
"Hug your kids, spend as much time with them as you possibly can," Rich said.
"Sometimes I wanted to give up, but I knew in my heart I could fight for it," said Ali.