From left is Kim Wolf, Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center director, Fargo, N.D., being interviewed by Valley Today; Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center pediatric oncology staff get in the spirit; pediatric patient Oliver Iverson.

Change In 24 donors stand with cancer patients

December 17, 2018

On Dec. 13, more than 110 generous donors and groups gave more than $13,000 during Change In 24, a 24-hour online giving day. Gifts came in from across North Dakota, Minnesota and even Kentucky.

A portion of the gifts will be matched by Dawson Insurance. Every dollar will ease financial strains so cancer patients at Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center can focus on healing.

Thank you!

Donors submitted gifts at and often added a special note of gratitude, encouragement or remembrance.

“A huge thanks to all the great nurses and doctors at Roger Maris Cancer Center. I wouldn’t be here without all of you!” —Michelle Maier

“For all of those that have lost their battle to cancer or are currently fighting their battle against cancer.” —Toni Maras

“I know what these patients are going through. I battled through treatments of stage 4 lung cancer for almost a year. It is tough. It is hard to stay positive. It is hard to keep the hope and faith that it’s going to work! I was told on Nov. 6, 2018, that I am cancer-free! AMAZING! Stay strong, keep hope and faith!” —Brook Neva

Sanford Health employees also showed their giving spirit. Staff at the obstetrics-gynecology department at the Sanford Broadway Clinic in Fargo made a gift in honor of a co-worker, Trudy Buchfink, a Sanford ambulatory nursing assistant.

Staff at Roger Maris held a bake sale and also encouraged employees to donate $5 each to wear holiday sweaters. Altogether, they raised more than $700.

Colleen Hardy, development officer at Sanford Health Foundation, said Change In 24 was a great day.

“The incredible support from so many people means more cancer patients and their families will get some relief from treatment-related expenses not covered by insurance,” Hardy said. “Their strong support shows how much they want cancer patients to focus on healing.”


Join the movement

Just for you, we left the online donation page open. Please visit and show patients at Roger Maris that you’re standing with them.