We’re in this Together: True believers turn out for 61 For 61 events

September 26, 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended 61 For 61 Radiothon, Home Run Walk and Night Out for 61 events in September.

Together, more than $100,000 was raised for patients and families at Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center!

Every dollar raised will help keep Roger Maris on the cutting edge of research and care while supporting important programs, services and complimentary patient amenities.

Here were some of the highlights:

2019 61 For 61 Radiothon

Oskar Binkard stole the show as the 2019 honorary chair for the 61 For 61 Radiothon and the Home Run Walk.

As the 4-year-old yelled, “Ready! Steady! Go!” at the start of the Home Run Walk, everyone could see his cheerful spirit. It’s the same attitude he’s maintained while fighting cancer.

When he was just 2 years old, what seemed like a lingering cold turned out to be so much worse – leukemia. Oskar’s parents put their faith in the specialists and caregivers at Roger Maris, who worked to personalize a treatment plan for their son.

“When you’re there, you feel like you have such a team behind you,” said Oskar’s mom, Samantha.

After two exhausting phases of treatment, the Binkard family’s prayers were answered when Oskar reached complete remission.

2019 61 For 61 Radiothon

Robbie, Dave and Moose from 107.9 The FOX broadcasted the 61 For 61 Radiothon from Family Fare in West Fargo. The crew shared stories of courage and hope and encouraged the community to join them in supporting Roger Maris.

2019 Home Run Walk

The following week, hundreds of people took part in the annual Home Run Walk, also in support of patients and families at Roger Maris.

This year, the race wound through the heart of downtown Fargo. Participants chose a family-friendly 5K or 1-mile course and both routes began and ended across the street from Roger Maris. People of all ages and skill levels walked or ran in honor of a loved one, family member or friend facing cancer.


It’s not too late to support patients at the Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center! Make a gift at sanfordhealthfoundation.org/homerun.