December 11, 2020
“You just never think it’s going to happen to you. You think it happens to everyone else.” —Stacy Poole, breast cancer survivor
When Stacy Poole found a lump in her right breast, she knew something wasn’t right. The next day, she went to get it checked and was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.
Stacy and her family, especially her daughter Madison, were filled with fear of the unknown, but they quickly learned they were not alone.
Stacy found an entire team of specialists dedicated to her care at Sanford locations in Fargo, N.D., Bemidji, Minn., and near her home in Thief River Falls, Minn. Her care team, spanning across the region, worked together to recommend the best course of action to fight her cancer and keep her close to home.
After a double mastectomy at Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo, Stacy underwent chemotherapy at Sanford in Thief River Falls. The effects of chemo were awful, making Stacy especially grateful to stay close to home.
Then Stacy traveled to Sanford Joe Lueken Cancer Center in Bemidji to finish out her treatment with radiation.
At every step, Stacy gave thanks for the people and simple things that made a difference in her care … like the nurse navigator who helped coordinate her care and the concierge and valet parking that comforted her before every appointment.
Without knowing it, Stacy felt the impact of donor gifts throughout her journey, from the expert care close to home, comprehensive cancer centers and all the people and extra services that helped remind her she wasn’t alone.
Because of your support, Stacy and her family can celebrate her health this holiday season. Stacy is now cancer-free.
As you give thanks for all the blessings in your own life, please consider also giving more families strength and hope for a brighter tomorrow.
Your support means everyone, no matter who they are or where they live, has access to the highest quality of cancer care.
Visit sanfordhealthfoundation.org/holidays to make your first and most important gift of the season.