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Published January 15, 2011, 06:32 PM

Ryker French Receives Some Much-Needed Help

We've come to know 8-month-old Ryker French, who was found not breathing at his East Grand Forks daycare. Ryker's recovery is nothing short of a miracle. A baby who wasn't supposed to live another night, just 2 months ago, now is still here with his family.

People in the area are helping one of their own batting an unknown illness. We've come to know 8-month-old Ryker French, who was found not breathing at his East Grand Forks daycare.

Ryker's recovery is nothing short of a miracle. A baby who wasn't supposed to live another night, just 2 months ago, now is still here with his family.

"So we were at the lowest low, and the next thing you know he was opening his eyes and we're optimistic, he's made so many improvements," said Tim French, Ryker's father.

On Saturday, friends, family and strangers supported the French family. A free-will donation, baked potato feed, silent auction and desert were all part of a fundraiders for the 8-month-old's family.

"It's a good thing to be apart of and that's what being in a community is about," said Rod Reamy, who attended the benefit.

Insurance has covered $230,000 of Ryker's treatments, so this benefit will significantly help the family with medical expenses they can't make on their own.

"To know that it was put together with love and that was basically what this entire benefit is about, is being able to show back the communities attention and affection back towards Ryker's family," said Skip Haag, a volunteer.

Ryker's mother, Michelle, stays positive through it all, even as she gives him steroid shots every day in hopes he gets better.

"He's very agitated, he has to get his blood pressure and his glucose checked quite frequently because of this drug," said Michelle.

Through all the tears and worry, the French family is just happy to have their little boy home and the gracious giving by a community they've come to know and love.

"We're here, Ryker's here and we will keep chugging along, we're still positive, looking for the best possible case scenario for him," said Tim French.

If you'd like to help the family, donations can be sent to the Ryker French Fund at any Bremer Bank.

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