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The Breidenbach Family


We all know families whose world changed in a matter of hours with the diagnosis of a life threatening illness in one of their children.   

Our Mission​

Our mission is to grant wishes and distribute funds that address the needs and wishes of Northland children - and their families - with life threatening illnesses. 

What We Do

The Northern Lights Foundation seeks to ease the financial stresses placed on these families by providing monetary grants that the families can use at their discretion.

2020 Feature Family

At 20 weeks pregnant, we found out our son, Cayden, was going to be born with a severe heart condition called HLHS- in short he'd have half a heart.  At 18 months he's had two open heart surgeries to rewire his blood flow and has spent a good portion of his life in the hospital.  He has at least one more open heart surgery in the upcoming years and at some point he will need a heart transplant.  


Cayden's journey along with his sweet disposition, endless love and hugs have opened us to a world of kindness.  From nurses, doctors, volunteers, family and friends all who have helped in a variety of ways to get us where we are today.  It's  taken a village to get Cayden to this point and Northern Lights is part of our village.  The finances they gave helped us provide Cayden with his first ever lake trip.  To let our minds escape the constant worries of his health and enjoy a few days on the lake and see Cayden's joy made for a wonderful unforgettable vacation.  


Thank you to the Northern Lights for the gift and for their amazing genuine team and for helping families and kids in their time of need. 


John and Ashley

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