Applefest is back! The 15th annual fall event will kick off Saturday, September 25 and 26, at the charming, historic Buckstop Junction in south Bismarck. The event signifies the beginning of fall in North Dakota and is a celebration of the autumn harvest and North Dakota heritage. You can stroll through the historic buildings and listen to great local music playing throughout the day. Shop arts and crafts, the silent auction and sample local cuisine at various food booths. There will be baked goods for sale, fresh-squeezed apple cider, and fun family activities. The music and entertainment
Fall 2021 Edition
games, a petting zoo, inflatables, and barrel train rides. All these and much more make Applefest unquestionably one of the best fall event in North Dakota! The cost to attend Applefest is $5 for all ages and kids three and under are free. Parking will be near the Burleigh County 4-H Building with hayrides and bussing available. All proceeds from Applefest benefit the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation, which allows the Bismarck Cancer Center to offer an array of complimentary services, including transportation and lodging assistance, spiritual counseling, support groups, nutritional care, survivorship care plans, massage, and physical therapy. “We are so proud of Applefest and the support it provides for local cancer patients,” said Sara Kelsch, BCC’s Marketing Director, “This event has grown into an annual tradition for all ages.” Check out applefest.org for more information and join the fun this fall at Buckstop Junction! See inside for Applefest Highlights!
15th Annual BISMARCK CANCER CENTER
lineup will include Cottonwood, Legacy Jazz Choirs, Prairie Road, the Minneapolis-based Johnny Cash tribute band ‘Church of Cash’, along with Mylo Hatzenbuhler as the entertainment host. There will also be an area especially for the kids, including
25 26 &
JUNCTION BISMARCK, ND 3805 E. BISMARCK EXPRESSWAY
Dear Friends, Persistence
Most cancer survivors I know have a profound sense of hope. Their sense of hope is based on a realistic understanding of optimism, shaped by positive emotions, and powered by determination. The positive emotions help retain a clear focus; however, there are times when even the most optimistic person’s hope grows thin. The bottom line is, there are times when a person’s sense of despair can overwhelm any glimmer of hope. So, what does one do? The answer is “persist”.
Persist in making a realistic assessment of your situation and giving yourself a gift of hoping for the best. Persist in simplifying your life, recognizing the important relationships, and identifying things dearest to you. Persist in fueling your determination. Facing a cancer journey can be challenging, but it’s essential to take it one day or even one moment at a time, when necessary. Over the years, I’ve seen person after person overcome despair and find hope in believing they can win their fight for health. I’ve watched family and friends battle days of exhaustion and fatigue yet overcame those tough days with hope for better days. I challenge you to look around you... see how persistence has moved so many from failure to victory, all because of pure determination. Inspiration is all around us! Persistence can be one of the most admirable character traits a person can possess. Find your strength and do your best, despite any setbacks. We want you to know that everyone at the Bismarck Cancer Center is here for you… let us help you persist! Blessings, Amy Gross, Executive Director
TThe Bismarck Cancer Center is taking cancer treatment to new levels. The Elekta Versa HD’s new machine features next-generation technology designed to enable complex radiation therapy with extreme accuracy. Treatment with this machine began in July.
The machine is located in the new addition on the north end of the BCC building. Versa HD allows sophisticated customization of the radiation beam directly to the patient’s tumor. External beam radiation is delivered by a device called a linear accelerator, also known as a Linac. The head of the Linac holds a multi-leaf collimator (MLC) that employs multiple moving tungsten leaves to block portions of the radiation beam, shaping it as it exits the machine. The better the shape of the radiation beam, the more accurately it targets the tumor. The more accurate treatment hasless potential
for damage to surrounding tissues and lowers the risk of side effects.
Versa HD provides the staff with more accuracy and precision to focus on the correct dose in the right place. The enhanced accuracy of the Versa HD offers many benefits, including shorter radiation delivery times, increased efficiency, and advanced motion management. Equally as exciting, we are currently replacing one of the existing treatment machines with another Versa HD, with our third machine set for replacement in the next few years.
ask a pro
GET TO KNOW YOUR TEAM
With Dr. John Watkins, Radiation Oncologist, BCC Q: I have seen some blood in my urine. Could it be bladder cancer? A: Blood in the urine can be a sign of bladder cancer, but it doesn’t always mean you have cancer. More often, it’s caused by other things like an infection, benign tumors, stones in the kidney or bladder, or other kidney diseases. In some cases, blood in the urine could be the first sign of bladder cancer. There may be enough blood to change the urine color to orange, pink, or, less often, dark red. Sometimes, the urine color is normal, but small amounts of blood are found when a urine test is done as a general medical check-up. Here are some additional symptoms of bladder cancer: • Feeling as if you need to urinate, even when your bladder isn’t full. • Having trouble urinating or having a weak urine stream. • Having to get up to urinate more often than normal • Pain or burning during urination Bladder cancer may be diagnosed with cystoscopy (possibly with biopsy), urine cytology, x-rays, or a CT scan, and it’s essential to check with your healthcare provider if you have concerns.
Andrea has managed the Central North Dakota Cancer Registry (CNDCR) at BCC for the past eight years. CNDCR is a joint venture of Sanford Health Bismarck and CHI St. Alexius Health, which captures data and provides research assistance for both medical centers and BCC. Andrea attended Concordia College along with MedCenter One College of Nursing and she worked in women’s health at Mid Dakota prior to the Registry. In her free time, she enjoys being at the lake with her family, kayaking and working out. She says her favorite part of her job is helping those in need, “ I like knowing I am helping others and making a difference in our patient’s lives…..just behind the scenes.”
A FEW HIGHLIGHTS TO DATE • Completion of new treatment room. • Framing and insulation of the interior walls on the second floor complete. Sheet rocking has started, and electrical and mechanical work continue. • Remodel for the new CT room is underway, floor prepped and underground plumbing and electrical completed. For updates on our progress, check out the photos on our Facebook page!
JEN Jen grew up in Munich, ND and attended college in Grand Forks at UND where she graduated with her Bachelors in Nursing. She has worked at the Bismarck Cancer Center since 2011 and says, “The best part of my job is getting to know our patients and taking care of them. I also love the team I work with and feel very blessed to be part of the staff at BCC.” Jen enjoys spending time with family and jogging in her spare time.
BISMARCK CANCER CENTER
Hunter recently started at the Bismarck Cancer Center as a Medical Physicist. Hunter is originally from Grant Pass, Oregon and attended Oregon State University where he earned his undergrad in Radiation Health Physics. He then went on to Oregon Health and Science University where he received his master’s degree. Hunter recently completed his residency at St. Peter’s Health Partners in Albany, New York. He says, “I am blown away with how nice everything at the Bismarck Cancer Center is; the staff, the machines and the clinic are all very impressive and I’m so glad to be a part of it.” Diana recently joined the Bismarck Cancer Center as a medical scribe and clerk. She was born in Omaha, NE, but has called Bismarck home for several years. Diana has over 22 years of medical
transcription and received an Associates degree in the medical secretary program at Bismarck State College. Diana is excited to be part of the Bismarck Cancer Center and says, “I am definitely excited about the overall sense of gratification that comes with helping our patients – even from the “back lines”. The additional services that BCC offers their patients is nothing short of astonishing including housing, rides to and from treatment, massage therapy, and guidance through this difficult time in their lives.”
& FUN RUN
hip s r o v i SurvEBRATION CEL
O EC REAM S
happy the Dickinson community was able to take part, “Every year, this event shows cancer survivors that people in the community care and want to celebrate their survivorship. The Ice-cream Social and Color Run are fun ways to bring the Dickinson community together.”
SURVIVORSHIP ICE-CREAM SOCIAL
ANCER CEN TE KC C
The 2nd annual Dickinson ‘Survivorship Ice-cream’ social was held July 15th at Dickinson’s Veteran’s Pavilion to coincide with their local Project HOPE week. This year, a cancer survivor, ‘Color Fun Run’, kicked off the ice-cream social at the Rocky Butte Park across the street, where runners were sprinkled with colorful chalk. Participants and cancer survivors enjoyed Coldstone ice cream, and the Waddington Brothers Blue Grass Band played in the band shelter. Bismarck Cancer Center’s Director of Nursing, Tara Schilke, was
The Bismarck Cancer Center likes to celebrate our cancer survivors every year through a survivorship ‘social’. This year nearly 300 cancer survivors, caregivers, and the
community enjoyed our ‘drive-thru’ celebration at the Bismarck State Capital grounds on June 28, where they were greeted with celebratory ‘survivorship’ signs and cheers. The BCC staff served delicious Coldstone ice cream and music was provided by the North Dakota bluegrass band “Little Blue Stems” .
15th Annual BISMARCK CANCER CENTER FOUNDATION
25 26 &
JUNCTION BISMARCK, ND 3805 E. BISMARCK EXPRESSWAY
Saturday, September 25
Sunday, September 26
11am-1pm Bismarck’s best Bluegrass band Cottonwood (with our very own Jill Wiese) 1-2:30pm Savanah Benz Band - Up and coming Country singer/songwriter 3-4pm Jerilyn and Beni - Country duo from rodeo band Breaking Eight 4:30-6pm Booz N Tuna Acoustic - Rock N Roll acoustic set (they have opened for Hairball and Kixx) *with Mylo Hatzenbuhler as the Emcee Saturday-outside of church Elks Men’s Chorus, New Generation Jazz Choir, Legacy Jazz Choirs, and more!
11:15-1:30pm Prairie Road - classic rock and country favorites in an acoustic harmonizing trio 2-4pm Church of Cash - world-class Johnny Cash Tribute Band (from Minneapolis, MN) Sunday - outside of church Braveheart, River Rhapsody, and more!
ALL DAY ACTIVITIES
KIDS’ CARNIVAL GAMES • PETTING ZOO INFLATABLES • BAKE SALE • APPLE CIDER PRESS ARTS & CRAFTS SALE • DELICIOUS CUISINE MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT GEM & MINERAL DEMONSTRATIONS TRACTOR SHOW • SILENT AUCTION
DAY OF CARING - 2021 The United Way Day of Caring brought together energetic volunteers to help non-profit businesses across the city of Bismarck on August 11. The Bismarck Cancer Center was lucky enough to receive help of 12 Cornerstone Bank employees along with multiple others to scrape, paint, and organize patient housing and apartments. A big “Thank you” to Cornerstone Bank and all the other volunteers that day, for continuing to show your dedication to the Bismarck Cancer Center. We appreciate all of your hard work!
It is the mission of the Bismarck Cancer Center to make locally available, the highest quality, state-of-the-art radiation therapy services to persons with cancer within the Bismarck service area. Such services shall be delivered, insofar as possible, without regard to reimbursement, and always in a supportive, compassionate, and caring manner, and will include needed wraparound services to both patients and their families, educational services, prevention and early detection initiatives, and survivorship programs.
500 NORTH 8TH STREET BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA 58501 BISMARCKCANCERCENTER.COM 701.222.6100
BISMARCK CANCER CENTER FOUNDATION BCC NIGHT WITH THE LARKS
The Bismarck Cancer Center night with the Larks was held on Monday, June 21. The Larks team wore custom super hero jerseys that featured some of the Bismarck Cancer Center’s very own heroes – our staff! The jerseys were auctioned off through an online auction. Vivian, the pink fire truck made an appearance and fans donated to the BCCF with the Miracle Minute dash for cash and 50/50 raffle. We are so appreciative for the community support!
MANDAN ROAD RACE
The Mandan 4th of July Road Race was held this year with partial proceeds, again benefiting the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation. The race is an annual event, and this is the sixth time the group has teamed up with the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation. The race had over 400 participants who competed in a 5k Run/Walk on Main Street in Mandan early on July 4. All participants were given a race medal, a t-shirt, and a reusable bag.
The Mandan Rodeo partnered with the Bismarck Cancer Center on a raffle with partial proceeds benefiting the Rodeo Association and the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation. Volunteers helped sell raffle tickets and a silent auction throughout the rodeo days.
BLUE GRASS GOES PINK
The seventh annual Blue Grass Goes Pink concert was held Saturday, July 31, at Cross Ranch State Park. This event started with a 5k/10k walk/ run trail race through the park. Later that evening, bluegrass band Cotton Wood, featuring BCC nurse Jill Wiese, performed to a record-setting crowd. Attendees were also treated to concessions sponsored by the Washburn area churches.
BEER AND BOUTIQUES
The fourth annual Beers & Boutiques event was held on August 5 in downtown Bismarck. During this event, participants followed a map to different boutiques in the downtown area to shop exclusive sales, try beer samples, and get their Beer Passports stamped. We want to thank McQuade Distributing and the Downtowners for making this event happen!
DRIVE TO SURVIVE
The Drive to Survive meet and greet took place Friday, August 20 with a race car show in the BCC parking lot. Over 150 adults and children came out to have lunch and mingle with the race car drivers. Race cars were on display and a free-will lunch took place. Races for that evening were postponed until August 27. Anyone who purchased a 2021Drive to Survive t-shirt or hat was able to attend the races at Dacotah Speedway for free. We appreciate the support from the speedway and enjoy this long-standing event!
UPCOMING EVENTS BISMARCK CANCER CENTER FOUNDATION
APPLEFEST ~ SEPTEMBER 26-26, 2021
Join us for the 15th annual Applefest at Buckstop Junction. You will find live music, kids games, food and crafts vendors and fun for the whole family! For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit applefest.org.
SPORTING CLAYS FOR CANCER ~ OCTOBER 14, 2021
Bismarck’s Capital City Sporting Clay will host ‘Sporting Clays for Cancer’ clay shoot on Thursday, October 14, to help support the ‘Healing for Today, Building Hope for Tomorrow’ Capital Campaign and Bismarck Cancer Center expansion. The event will start at 1pm with a fun clay shoot, followed by a picnic dinner and silent auction at 5pm. The cost is $500 per squad (5 people) or $100 per person and includes clay and shells. Sponsorships are also available. Contact BCC at 701-222-6100 or check out www.bismarckcancercenter.com/events/ for more information.
BUCKS FOR BRAS ~ OCTOBER 27, 2021
Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse and the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation announce the 10th Annual Bucks for Bras Benefit event to be held Wednesday, October 27. This event highlights the talents of area artists through the glamorization of the brassiere where pieces are sold during a live auction. In addition, there is also appetizers, drink specials and an online silent auction. For more information, visit bucksforbras.com
SPOOK OUT CANCER ~ OCTOBER 30, 2021
The 7th Annual Spook Out Cancer will take place at Puklich Chevrolet on Saturday, October 30. The fun family event is part of their initiative to raise $50,000 for BCCF. Puklich will donate $100 per car sold and $10 for every service visit to the Foundation. Spook Out Cancer will be a trunk or treating drive thru event thru the Puklich Chevrolet car lot from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. In addition, there will be an online silent auction.
COURAGE AGAINST CANCER
Courage Against Cancer once again held their Annual 5K/10K road race events in Zeeland, ND on August 21. Around 30 walkers, runners and bikers of all ages participated in the scenic run/walk on the country roads to raise money and awareness for the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation. About 15 individuals participated in the 5K fun run/walk. The morning concluded with a delicious lunch in the historic Zeeland Hall and a candle lighting ceremony to honor loved ones, current fighters, and survivors.
SADDLE UP AGAINST CANCER
Saddle Up Against Cancer was held on Saturday, August 21 near East Park Lake, north of Wilton. Almost 30 riders took part in this annual event. A silent and bucket auction were also held, and a sack lunch was available for participants. Thank you to the Saddle Up Committee for making this event possible!
A CAP I T A L C A M P A I G N F OR B I S M A R C K C A N C E R C E N T ER
Thank You to Our Capital Campaign Donors... $5,000 - $7,499 Sandra Hovden
Alex Stockert Allan & Shirley Klein Allan Genetzky Amiya Roy Anthony & Anna Rubia Anton Johs Arden & Margaret Toso Arlen & Gail Johnson Arlene F Faiman Arlys Miller Avis Becher Barb & John Dwyer Belle & Ed Krank Ben & Yvonne Weishaar Carl & Beverly Sorensen Carleen Porten Carletta Decker Carolyn A. Wells Charles Bosch Charles Rasmussen Connie & Terry Grove Dale & Virginia Monson Darlene M. Dvorak Darrel & Sandra Heimbuck Donald & Darlene Lutz Donna Carter Dvorak Motors Inc. Eastgate Funeral Service, Inc Eunadelle Nardello Fay Connell Florence Frueh Gary Buck George & Virginia Lee George Mizell & Cheryl Huber Gloria Hamling Gordon Berg Harold Harter Harry & Virginia Bieber Ike & Carol Grantham Jerry Weinberger John Gallagher Joseph West Kevin & Candice Benz Larry & Luella Metzger LeMore Hehr Leslie & Lynette Schaefer
Linda Wallace Lois J Schock Marcine and Steven Moore Marilyn Conway Marisa Skees Marlene Oksendahl Marlyn & Dorothy Schaubert Martin Oil Mary & George Holgard Midco Foundation Morris & Pandora Hummel Myron & Ileen Silvernagel Norma Sperling Pam Borchers Patrick & Paula Scheeler Paul E Everson Peggy & Robert Paul Peter & Loretta Hanson Reinhart Gahbauer Richard & Melinda Miller Richard B Baer Robert & Susan Wefald Rockie & Julie Stavn Ronald Litsey Rudolph & Mary Wolf Sandra Wiche Sharon A Schlecht Susie Lundin Theodore C Johnston Theodore P Heinert Thomas Porter Trish & Clinton Zimmerman
Gail & Tim Horner
Bud V. Zavalney Joan Zavalney
Darlene ‘Chunks’ Fritz Jeanne Wanner
Dorthy Semingson-Gartner & Phylis Herman
Cleone & Sharon Jensen
Jim & Alvin Schneider & Lucille Scharf Thomas Schneider
John Ballard Carol Serr
Joseph & Betty Hutmacher Sydney A Nupen
Kathy (Mrs. Jerry) Bittner Kathleen Lalum
Kathy Berreth, Rick Scharf & Lucretia Dirk George J. and Elaine Fried
Patti Syminow Billie Dixon
Ray O’Shaughnessy Sandra Adams
Ramblers Motorcycle Club, Inc.
Robert Cable Arlene Cable
Roger Willis Mary Willis
Sarah Marchus Kathy Tobolt
Delaino & Norleen Helm
Stephanie Thorsness Steven Steele Pam Steele
Luke & Nikki Lahtinen Thelma Solberg Gene and Linda Gorseth
Eileen Bair Bisi
Kathleen M Bair
Family Who Have Died from Cancer
Bryon & Laura Brynjulson
James Cairns & Steve Stack Darleen Cairns
For more information visit our campaign webpage at www.bismarckcancercenter.com/pledge-card or scan the QR Code.
to those who have donated to the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation since our last newsle er.
BUILDER $1,000 - $4,999 Lee Holden
MEMORIAL DONATIONS: John Dale Evans Sandra Evans
Lynne Zuroff Zuroff Family
HONOR DONATIONS: Tina Rick & Tina Schantz
Debbie Mitchell Roy Mitchell
BELIEVER $100 - $999
Cavalier Fajardo Charlene C Roerick Give 5 To Cancer Jerry & Sandy Heck Jill & Jay Leintz John & Mikey Hoeven Ken & Cheryl Grossman KLJ Solutions Company Larry and Edna Dennis Louise Volesky Matt & Rebecca Fricke Michael A. Lantz Mitch & Lori Beck Norma Sue Lundstrom Roger Will Steve & Donna Hanson Wilfred Wolf William Wilson
MEMORIAL DONATIONS: Bebe Brauer Susan Brauer Sellie
Claudia Riedinger William Riedinger
Connie Wolf Michael Wolf
Greg Carkaff & Geraldine Flahartz Joy Krush
Ronald & Marvel Ritzke
Linda Kawer Rick Detwiller
Lori & Dave Pfenning
Brenda Kraft Dana McMullen Mountain Plains, LLC
Mary Ann Grage
Darbie (Fleck) Young
George & Kris Reisnour Diane Boit Joan Kelsch
Don & Sylvia Schmid
Allan Mautz Jesse & Kim Hruby
Shirley Moots Ray Moots
Tim & Susan Wiedrich
Tom Regan Patti Regan
Verna M. Pfaff Ervin Pfaff
HONOR DONATIONS: Debbie Mitchell Daniel Wetstein
Eleanor Kitzan Eleanor Kitzan
Cash Register Denis Register
CELEBRATION DONATIONS: In Celebration of Your 10-year Survivorship Salon Lisa G.
GIVER up to $99
Angela Qual Barbara Hoffer Brian & Cody Heimes Carol Doll Charles Bosch Darlene Wangen Duane Roth Fay Connell Gary & Laurie Larson Ivan & Arlene Hevelone John & Myrtle Slinde Joyce Waldock JR Malling Kevin & Hildy Oberlander Layne Jose Loren Schock Mighty Missouri Coffee Co. Renee Daffinrud Rita Weisz Sandra K Papke Shereen Schwgler Shirley Rath Tom & Carol Neigum
MEMORIAL DONATIONS: Alvina Campbell & Brandon Krelik John & Delaine Kambeitz
Delaino & Norleen Helm
Ralph & Julie Driessen
Gail & Tim Horner
Heidi “Heck” Hertel Holly Kohler
Marvin & Laverne Schulz
Janice Geigle Vyron Lelm
John A. Rempfer Karen Herzog
John Dale Evans
Pat & Deborah Kovar
Johnny G. Bender Alice Bender
Judy Kuehn Vyron Lelm
Stacy & Randal Fischer
Maureen Frazee Lynn Tweden
Russell & Judy Nelson
Paul G. Schadewald, Sr. Paul & Linda Schadewald
Richard (Dick) Tweeten William & Carol Retterath
Sylvia & Louie Zachmeier
Glenda Thomssen Ronald Schneider
Darla Okeefe Debbie L Burgum Eric Sanders Gary & Sandy Meidinger Jerry and Donna Speidel John Bergquist Sarah Richau Shirley Hall Shirley Breimeier William & Carol Retterath
Verna M. Pfaff
Marlys & Lawrence Enzminger
HONOR DONATIONS: Debbie Mitchell
Janelle Weaver Marshall & Patricia Maxwell Thomas & Brenda Vennes
Wesley & Elaine Kucera
CELEBRATION DONATIONS: In Celebration of the Bismarck Cancer Center Lorraine F Phernetton
Capital Quilters Char Theurer Donna O’shaughnessy Duane Kuntz Fran Trapp Gideon Auxiliary Jan Heck Julie Just Linda Ellwiin Scott & Kathy Howe Shirley Breimeier
SPECIAL EVENT SPONSORS
Adlyn Neumiller Beulah Public School Bismarck Motor Company Border States Electric Supply Cedric Theel Inc. Cottonwood Bluegrass Band Dakota Community Bank & Trust Dakota Eye Institute Dakota Pharmacy & Dakota Natural Heath Center Dakota Supply Group Dakota, Missouri Valley & Western Railroad Inc. Edward Jones Farmers Union Insurance First International Bank & Trust Five Guys Burgers & Fries Fraternal Order of Eagles Dickinson Aerie No. 2328 Gate City Bank Give 5 to Cancer House of Color, Inc. Kist Livestock Mandan High School Mary Jane Harvey Mattress Firm Polished Dental Prairie Knights Casino & Resort Pure Barre Railway Credit Union Scheels Scott & Kathy Howe Star LLC Starion Bank Steven Ilse T & M Electric, Inc Tap-in Tavern Union Bank Westley’s Jewelry, Inc. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of our donations and memorials, please contact us at 701-222-6145 with corrections.
500 North 8th Street, Bismarck, ND 58501 www.bismarckcancercenter.com
THE ART OF LIVING 2022 CALENDAR Bismarck Cancer Center is seeking art for the 2022 edition of “The Art of Living,” a 12-month desk calendar. Photography and artwork of all styles and media will be considered. Art can directly illustrate aspects of the cancer experience, but it is not required. We encourage patients, family, friends, physicians, employees, board members, donors and regional artists to submit work for consideration. You do not need to be a professional artist to be part of this amazing project. The deadline to submit artwork is October 25. Please email an image of your artwork to email@example.com or call Sara at 701-222-6119.