June 24, 2019
For people like Don and Sue Morton, it’s hard to imagine the Fargo region without Sanford Health.
“Sanford has made a tremendous commitment to the city,” Don said. “I think Sanford is just doing a lot of good things.”
The couple moved to Fargo in 1979 when Don was hired as the head football coach for the NDSU Bison. Don led the team for five years before pursuing coaching opportunities out of state, and then returning to NDSU in 1996 to serve in various roles. He stayed in Fargo to join Great Plains Software, then the Microsoft Corporation as it acquired Great Plains in 2001, staying there for 17 years. Don and Sue have remained in Fargo ever since, watching the city evolve with the health care system.
From 2008 to 2016, Don also served two consecutive terms on the Sanford Health Board of Trustees.
Giving back and looking forward
As longtime donors to the Sanford Health Foundation, and through Don’s time on the board of trustees, the Mortons have been a part of Sanford’s history and growing impact. Today, they’re playing a major role in shaping its future.
With a $50,000 gift to the Don and Sue Morton Endowment for Cancer in support of the Reimagine campaign, the Mortons are helping position Roger Maris Cancer Center as a national hub for the next generation of cancer care and discovery.
“It’s the right thing to do at the right time,” Don said. “Sue and I wanted to show our appreciation to Sanford for all the great work they’ve done.
The $15 million fundraising campaign corresponds with Sanford’s renovation of thousands of additional square feet at the cancer center, making way for a major expansion of cancer programs and services.
“It’s money well spent. It’s a plus for the community, and it’s a plus for the patients that Sanford Health serves,“ Don said. “Just seeing the great work that Sanford does, and the leadership and the direction they’re going, makes you want to see their success continue.
“You want to be part of a successful organization.”
A ‘hidden jewel’
Fargo has seen lots of positive growth in recent years, which Don noted makes the city a “hidden jewel.”
“It’s developing into a thriving metropolitan area,” he said. “It’s got a lot of the flavor of a college town along with a growing metropolitan area.”
“I think our community is much better, our state is much better, because of the presence of Sanford Health,” he added.
Don said he and Sue have experienced Sanford’s high quality of care firsthand as Sanford patients.
“Every time we go to a Sanford doctor, we meet a lot of quality physicians and nurses,” he said. “We’re extremely impressed with the entire organization, and we want to support that.”
Don said more people should give to health care because it touches everyone’s life in some way.
“We only go around once in life; we only have one lifetime,” he said. “Sanford Health is dedicated to making sure you have quality of life.”
Reimagine the future of cancer care
We challenge you to think big, share your hopes and vision with us, and invest in a new era of cancer care at Roger Maris. Visit sanfordhealthfoundation.org/reimagine or call our team at (701) 234-6246 to learn more about supporting the campaign.