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Published May 11, 2009, 06:18 PM

Carnival and benefit to be held for Moorhead Para-Professional

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - A Moorhead woman has every reason to wonder "why me”, but you won't hear that from Becky Peterson. The high school Para-Professional works with special needs children, but tomorrow night, fellow teachers and parents are throwing a carnival and benefit to help her out after several strikes against her.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - A Moorhead woman has every reason to wonder "why me”, but you won't hear that from Becky Peterson. The high school Para-Professional works with special needs children, but tomorrow night, fellow teachers and parents are throwing a carnival and benefit to help her out after several strikes against her.

Outside Becky Peterson’s Oakport home today, crews loaded up sandbags. The houses flood damaged and empty. For 14-years, Becky Peterson has worked with disabled and special needs children at Moorhead high, but recently, Becky has dealt with more than her fair share of crisis.

A terrible injury in the classroom resulted in multiple neck surgeries, and the need for an implanted pain pump. Her husband died suddenly and now her house lost to the flood. Those organizing her benefit tomorrow say you'll never hear Becky complain.

“She is a good person a strong faith and she knows people have it worse and she is thankful for what she has got.”

“You have to be able to get away and it is better to be busy all day and then you can't think.”

But promises of a quick recovery and clean up are anything but frequent visits to FEMA and the SBA have resulted in a pile of paperwork and rejection.

“Went out for the SBA loan and was denied that. My income was too low.”

Becky's goal this weekend, getting her furnace and hot water heater going in their flooded home and hope luck lands on her side for a change.

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