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Published April 21, 2012, 08:13 PM

Risland Family Receives Support from Fellow Residents

Bemidji, MN (WDAY TV) -- People in Minnesota are coming together to help a family who has been torn apart. 8 year old Isaiah Risland continues to improve, after a boating accident killed his two brothers and left Isaiah battling hypothermia. Evangelical Church in Bemidji hosted a benefit for the Risland family.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ, WDAY

Bemidji, MN (WDAY TV) -- People in Minnesota are coming together to help a family who has been torn apart. 8 year old Isaiah Risland continues to improve, after a boating accident killed his two brothers and left Isaiah battling hypothermia. Evangelical Church in Bemidji hosted a benefit for the Risland family.

Ruth Risland - Boys' Mother: "They're good boys. They're cute boys. They deserve the love."

Isaiah Risland is steadily improving at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis for hypothermia-related injuries received after a sailboat accident on Clearwater Lake. Isaiah's younger brothers, 6-year-old Zechariah and 2-year-old Jacob, died in the accident. Their mother, Ruth, says she's overwhelmed by the support of the community.

Ruth: "I didn't know that many people cared, which in itself is amazing. it completely surprises me the amount of people that have showed up and given the support that we need as a family."

Caroline Bennett - Isaiah's Great Aunt: "It's been a really hard time, it's every parents' worst nightmare, but the way everybody's pulling together, that's been great; that's really made a huge difference."

Auctioneer: "You have one of them? Which one do you have back there?"

The benefit raised money through an auction, bake sale, and spaghetti dinner. Some people just came and dropped off money. More than 500 people stopped-by in the first hour.

Cassandra Black - Family Friend: "Our phones were blowing up as soon as we put the flyers up with people who hadn't even met the family, so that was good."

Friends, like Cassandra, whose children were close with the Risland boys, say it's great to see that others care about the family as much as they do. family and friends appreciate all the support for Isaiah, whose heartbeat took 6 hours to revive after the accident, and was recently taken off a ventilator

Caroline: "We just got word today that he's walking -with help- so that's so exciting."

Fugate's Automotive covered the entire funeral for Issiah's younger brothers on tuesday.

Donations to the family can be sent to the Dan Risland fund at Country Faith Church in Clearbrook or can be dropped at any Wells Fargo bank.

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