Fueled by Philanthropy: How Generosity is Advancing Cancer Care in Fargo

Thirty-five years after the community of Fargo came together to build the Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center, philanthropy continues to make progress possible— fueling breakthroughs in research, supporting lifesaving equipment, advancing new treatments, and powering important programs that bring hope, healing and comfort to patients and families when it matters most.


Earlier this month at the Roger Maris Gala, we recognized the history of the Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center and celebrated its exciting future, including plans to develop an on-campus lodging facility for cancer patients and their loved ones.



Milestone Moments

See the impact of philanthropy over the years at the Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center:


1990 Roger Maris Cancer Center (RMCC) opened


1990 Started massage therapy program for cancer patients


1990 Became a Children’s Oncology Group site for childhood and adolescent research


1990 Became a National Cancer Institute’s Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) site


1990 Started offering low-dose radiation brachytherapy


1991 Established the North Dakota Hemophilia and Thrombosis Treatment Center at RMCC


1995 First endowment created for RMCC


2000 Meritcare Auxiliary raises funds to purchase new mammography machine


2004 First RMCC navigator hired


2005 First center to offer stereotactic radiosurgery treatments for brain tumors in the region


2006 Treatment unit opened to offer high-dose radiation brachytherapy


2007 – North addition completed, which expanded space for pediatric oncology, pediatric and adult infusion and support services.


2009 Started the Survivorship program


2010 Edith Sanford Breast Center opened


2012 Started a healing arts program for patients


2012 Remodeled RMCC lobby


2015 Began integrative health program at RMCC, offering classes in yoga, mindfulness and more


2017 Added 3rd vault in radiation oncology


2018 Added 10 more rooms to infusion center at RMCC and expanded infusion center pharmacy


2019 Launched $15 million Reimagine campaign


2021 Created Roger Maris All-Star Week, annual weeklong event raising funds for RMCC and awareness for the legacy of Roger Maris


2021 Launched hematology-oncology fellowship program in partnership with the University of North Dakota


2021 Started North Dakota’s only blood and bone marrow transplant (BMT) program, offering autologous transplants


2022 Began offering second phase of BMT program, allogeneic transplants


2022 Opened RMCC location at Perham Health


2023 7S Oncology Team received Sanford Patient Experience Award, given to one department annually across the entire organization


2023 Launched the third and final phase of the BMT program with CAR T therapy


2023 Expanded pediatric hematology and oncology clinic and infusion center, nearly doubling capacity for care


2023 Becker’s Healthcare recognized RMCC as a top 100 oncology program in the United States


2023 Expanded Perham RMCC location, adding five infusion chairs and additional provider


2024 Plans unveiled for the Peltier Lodge, an on-campus lodging facility for cancer patients and their loved ones, launched thanks to a transformational lead gift from philanthropist Norma Peltier


2024 Pediatric Oncology Team received Sanford Patient Experience Impact Award


2024 Opening Cully’s Cottage, a play area for pediatric patients made possible thanks to the Cullen Children’s Foundation, at RMCC this winter