The Gift of Gratitude: Good for Patient and Caregiver

Guardian Angel gifts are a moving and meaningful recognition for caregivers like Dr. Preston Steen, who has been honored 10 times by grateful patients and families

“I’ve been through cancer twice and survived it twice,” says Keith Peltier, a patient at Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center. “A lot of it was due to Dr. Steen’s thoroughness and his care. He’s a great guy in and out of the office…just a fantastic person.”

After facing cancer two separate times, Keith felt words alone weren’t enough to show his appreciation for the care and kindness of his oncologist, Dr. Steen. He chose to take a step further and make a gift of gratitude in Dr. Steen’s honor through the Sanford Health Foundation’s Guardian Angel program. He also welcomed the opportunity to present the Guardian Angel pin and certificate in person.

“Being a part of the Guardian Angel presentation was just fantastic,” Keith said. “It was a great opportunity for me to say thank you in person, in front of some of his colleagues and staff.”

As an oncologist at Roger Maris for more than 30 years, Dr. Steen has touched countless lives and, to date, has received 10 Guardian Angel pins for his thoughtfulness and care. Every dollar is invested back into the mission of Roger Maris.

“The Guardian Angel program allows patients and families to express gratitude in a way that is as meaningful for them as it is for their honorees,” says Amy Hinkemeyer, executive director of the Sanford Health Foundation in Fargo. “It’s humbling for us to help make this connection between people and see how powerful gratitude can be, especially in the healing process.”

Support the Future of Cancer Care

Year after year, an increasing number of men, women and children across North Dakota, western Minnesota and beyond turn to Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo for hope, healing and comfort. Since Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center opened in 1990, its lifesaving mission has not changed, but cancer treatment and the needs of our patients have. Over the past decade, cancer cases at Roger Maris have increased by 34%, to more than 2,000 patients—including 60 to 70 children—every year.

Together, we can help enhance the programs and services patients count on today while expanding treatment options, like bone marrow transplant, fueling research and building the workforce of the future reimagine a new era of care at Roger Maris Cancer Center for generations to come.

Give now to provide hope and healing to patients at Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center today and for years to come.

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Who is your Guardian Angel?

Has a nurse, staff member or physician like Dr. Steen made a lasting difference for you or a loved one?

A gift of gratitude through the Guardian Angel program is a meaningful way to share your thanks. 100% of every dollar will stay local to give hope, healing and comfort to so many others who count on Sanford.

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