Meet a horse-loving Sanford surgeon

August 28, 2020

Not only is Dr. Bree Dewing an expert general surgeon who treats many conditions including breast cancer, she’s also a lifelong horse-lover.

This September, those who appreciate equine sports as much as Dr. Dewing will have an exciting opportunity to get involved during the Cowgirls for a Cure barrel racing competition.

Dr. Dewing recently shared what makes Sanford’s breast cancer program special and why she’s excited to see her fellow equestrians come together to support local survivors.


What difference do you hope to make for your breast cancer patients?

Breast cancer patients obviously have a lot of stress and anxiety after their diagnoses. I really try to express that they are going to be OK and we have a great team at Sanford Bismarck. I hope I can be a source of calm and hope for these patients during a very intense period of their lives.


What makes the breast cancer care at Sanford different?

As a referral center in central North Dakota, we see patients from all over the state. We have a dedicated, multidisciplinary team of providers who treat breast cancer patients every day. We work together to formulate a plan for each patient and specify the treatment to his or her situation and needs.


What does it mean to you to see fellow horse-lovers support your patients?

Seeing this community come together to support breast cancer patients comes as no surprise. The friends I’ve made through showing horses are like a second family, and we are there for each other, no matter what. Even during a competition, everyone supports each other.


Cowgirls for a Cure

Join us for an open 4D (1/2 second splits) and peewee barrel racing competition Sept. 12 at Beard Arena in Menoken, N.D.

  • Free admission for spectators. All attendees are encouraged to wear pink in honor of all the breast cancer survivors in our community.
  • Fundraise a minimum of $100 to enter competition. Sign up at sanfordhealthfoundation.org/cowgirls by Sept. 10. Late entries and day-of registration is $125.
  • Your safety is our priority. Please follow all health and safety measures including social distancing, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home if you’re feeling sick.