Craig Whitney served as the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce president for 10 years.

Community gives back in chamber president’s memory

July 31, 2020

Craig Whitney saw a brighter future for the communities he served. During his 10 years as the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce president, he worked to bring that vision to fruition.

“He was the epitome of a leader,” said Tom Dawson, chair of the chamber. “He didn’t sit around and wait for things to happen. He was always on the forefront of development and innovation.”

Craig lost his battle to cancer last December. Today, friends and colleagues like Tom are honoring his memory by supporting Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center, where Craig received cancer care.


Caring for Craig

Located in the heart of the community in downtown Fargo, Roger Maris is one of the top cancer centers in the country. Like so many others, Craig turned to Roger Maris after his own cancer diagnosis.

Craig’s disease advanced quickly, but Tom shared, “For that short period of time, Roger Maris was a really important part of his life, and he talked about how well he was cared for.”

Despite Craig’s illness, he continued to lead with an innovative spirit. He was also a genuine friend, known for his big personality, sense of humor and eye for fashion. He rarely talked about his treatment, instead focusing on the positive and his vision for the future of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo.

“He was very optimistic,” Tom said. “He never talked in a negative way. I last saw him just a few days before he passed, and he continued to talk about the things he wanted to get done rather than himself.”


A brighter future

Along with other local members of the business community, Tom and his company, Marsh McLennan Agency, donated to the Reimagine campaign for Roger Maris in Craig’s memory.

Gifts made to the Reimagine campaign will help expand research, cancer treatment and services, care at the Sanford Hospice House and education and training for the oncology workforce.

“What he did for the community, what he did for the chamber, all those memories deserve to live on,” Tom said. “We as a business community and Craig’s family want people who never met him to know what he did for the community.

“Roger Maris was the perfect organization to help continue his legacy.”

Join us today to reimagine the next generation of cancer care and discovery. Visit sanfordhealthfoundation.org/reimagine or contact a member of our team at (701) 234-6246.