Richard and Kim Cossette on one of their many travels.

Why I give: Richard Cossette

November 20, 2020

Kim Cossette had a passion for medicine and caring for others. In her 25 years as a pharmacist at Sanford Pharmacy Broadway in Fargo, she helped bring healing to countless patients even while facing her own battle with lung cancer.

Kim passed away in June 2019, six years after her cancer diagnosis and at just 59 years old. Her husband, Richard Cossette, is carrying on her legacy by supporting cancer research and care at Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center through the Foundation’s Reimagine campaign.

“Sanford gave Kim so much in her lifetime. I hope that our family can have an impact on the search for cancer cures,” Richard said. “Kim would be proud of this gift.”

Kim was diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer in 2014. After just six months of treatment, she seemed to have put cancer behind her. But the lung cancer came back more aggressively.

Through all the ups and downs, Kim stayed positive.

“Kim wanted to live her best life,” Richard said. “Each step, whether it was forward or backward, she was optimistic. She never let it get her down.”

With expert care at Roger Maris, Kim was able to continue doing the things she loved: working, traveling, driving classic cars and spending time with her 10 grandchildren.

During her last few months, Kim and Richard drove to Mesa, Ariz., stopping at National Parks she longed to see before returning to Fargo. She also continued to work at Sanford, officially retiring just two weeks before she passed away.

“Kim fought the cancer the best she could, and we’re so grateful for the care she was able to receive close to home at Roger Maris,” Richard said.


Reimagining cancer care

Thanks to inspiring donors like the Cossette family, we’re nearly $5 million toward our $15 million campaign goal to help transform the future of cancer care at Roger Maris.

In addition to furthering cancer research, the Reimagine campaign will support expanding cancer treatment and services, care at the Sanford Hospice House and education and training for the oncology workforce.

Here are just a few ways this generosity is already at work:

  • 250 patients have celebrated life at the new hospice house and through at-home hospice services.
  • 253 cancer clinical trials are currently open to cancer patients, providing access to leading-edge care while helping advance treatments of tomorrow.
  • 6 fellows will be training every year in the three-year hematology and oncology fellowship once it reaches full capacity. The program will launch in 2021 with two fellows.
  • 60 patients will receive treatment as part of the region’s first bone marrow transplant program. Groundwork is underway to launch the program and provide lifesaving care, close to home.

To learn more about the Reimagine campaign and to show your support, visit sanfordhealthfoundation.org/reimagine.