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INSPIRED TO GIVE. INSPIRED TO HEAL. SanfordHealth Health Foundation Foundation Fargo Summer Summer2012 2011 Sanford

The Carlson



The Year of the Nurse


Carlson Endowment A Fargo couple’s philanthropic spirit and leadership will leave a lasting legacy on the future of health care in Fargo and beyond. Lisa and Philip Carlson, inspired by the care given to their loved ones, have made a $100,000 commitment to support patient care at the Roger Maris Cancer Center. Lisa, the Corporate Chief Financial Officer at Sanford Health, has been with the organization for twenty-five years. Her long history with the organization, together with many personal, family experiences motivated them to establish the Lisa and Philip Carlson Endowment for Breast Cancer, in memory of Grace C. Carlson, Philip’s mother. “We have had my dad, my mother, my step-father, Phil’s mother and Phil’s sisterin-law, who all received state-of-the-art cancer care in this community at our health care system,” she said. “From the point of diagnosis until they passed on, their care was wonderful. We wanted to make sure that this level of service goes on for generations, and is the best it can be.” Philip, a retired school teacher, said it’s all about giving back. “We have been blessed in life and felt we had a great opportunity here to do something special,” he said. “We are proud to support Sanford Health and we believe this fund will provide for the care and survival of future generations.” The earnings from the Carlson’s Endowment will be paid annually, forever, to support breast cancer patient care, research and technology at Sanford’s Roger Maris Cancer Center and in turn will benefit the system-wide efforts of Edith Sanford Breast Cancer, which seeks to unlock each woman’s genetic code to advance today’s prevention and treatments, and end breast cancer for future generations. The commitment by the Carlson’s is the largest ever by any employee to Sanford’s Fargo Foundation. “Every gift to our Building Tomorrow Today Campaign is a gift that touches life,” said Lonnie Pederson, vice president of the Sanford Health Foundation in Fargo. “But this gift from Lisa and Phil brings the definition of leadership to a whole new level. This gift really is an inspiration to all of us who work here at Sanford.”

“We wanted to make sure that this level of service goes on for generations, and is the best it can be.” – Lisa Carlson The Building Tomorrow Today campaign will raise $50 million in philanthropic funds and allow donors to leave a lasting legacy on the future of health care in Fargo. Funds raised in support of the campaign will provide the resources to transform the future of health care in our region to unprecedented levels through advancement in medical science and quality of care. To make a significant impact on the lives of others, contact the Sanford Health Foundation at (701) 234-6246.

Jack and Joe Gould

2012 Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Champions For months Sarah Gould’s pregnancy went well. But at 23 weeks, she knew something was wrong. An ultrasound revealed Twin-toTwin Transfusion Syndrome-a rare disorder in which identical twins share connected blood vessels, resulting in dangerously uneven blood flow. Sarah was able to undergo a laser procedure to disconnect the problematic vessels, however; it came with a risk of premature delivery. The twins were born 13 weeks early on Jan. 11, 2006. Joe weighed 2 pounds 11 ounces and endured respiratory distress. Jack weighed 2 pounds 1 ounce and suffered from severe kidney failure, blood infection and a heart defect. On Feb. 4, Jack’s condition took a grave turn. Because of severe kidney failure, he was expected to die within hours. Jeff had one request: hold the babies together. “It took half the NICU staff, but they made it work, tubes and all,” he said. “Jack and Joe hadn’t been together since birth.” That’s when something happened that still makes Jeff wonder…Joe reached over and touched Jack; within days Jack’s kidneys recovered and he was strong enough to undergo surgery to repair his heart defect. After 90 days, both boys went home from the NICU.

“We’re unbelievably fortunate to have Sanford Children’s in our community,” - Jeff Gould

The personalized care provided by the NICU nurses and specialized equipment

allow us to introduce the 2012 Children’s Miracle Network Champions: Jack and Joe! Their recovery was made possible by programs and equipment funded through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals funds; such as special ventilators, specially designed Giraffe warming isolettes, and physical therapy.

“We’re unbelievably fortunate to have Sanford Children’s in our community,” said Jeff. “Without that place, we wouldn’t have our boys.”



Cares for Kids Radiothon Breaks Records Again!!! In February, the 12th Annual Cares for Kids Radiothon broke records again by raising more than $158,000 during the 36-hour broadcast. Radio FargoMoorhead stations Bob 95.1, Y94 and Popster 104.7 shared the inspiring stories of children and their families who have benefited from the care and services provided by Sanford Children’s Hospital Fargo. Thanks to all who participated and helped to make this event a success!

Y94 Interviews Caleigh at the Cares for Kids Radiothon 3 encourage



Year of the Nurse is the perfect opportunity to make a gift to thank and honor the special nurses in your life. Gifts made in honor of a specific nurse, a group, or all who have answered the call to the profession are equally meaningful. Consider giving to honor a special nurse who was instrumental in your care; in thanks for a family member’s experience that was made better by the kindness of a nurse; show a friend or family member who chose the nursing profession that you are proud of their calling; or simply

help ensure the future of the nursing profession by supporting advanced education and training.

How you can help A Year of the Nurse Fund has been created in each Sanford region to support continuing education, training, and advanced certifications for all Sanford nurses through tuition assistance, scholarships and expanded access to educational opportunities.

Opportunities to give You may contribute to the Year of the Nurse Fund directly, or set up your own named scholarship endowment fund. Please visit foundation., use the envelope inserted into this newsletter, or call the Sanford Health Foundation at (701) 234-6246 to discuss scholarship options. Thank you for your support!

Nurse Navigators – leading the journey A cancer diagnosis is shocking. Treatment options are complex. Coordinating appointments is overwhelming. How does one begin to navigate their journey? Roger Maris Cancer Center has the answer: a Cancer Nurse Navigator. Cancer Nurse Navigators, who specialize in specific types of cancer, work with patients and their teams of caregivers to provide guidance, education and support from the point of diagnosis to survivorship. Every patient’s cancer journey is unique and complex in its own way and the Nurse Navigators are available to help with scheduling for consultative and support services across several specialties and disciplines. The Roger Maris Cancer Center, with the support of philanthropy, was able to pioneer Cancer Nurse Navigation services in our region and will continue to expand the program to make the journey a little bit easier for those facing a cancer diagnosis.

Register Today! Saturday, September 29 10K and 5K Run/Walk at Scheel’s Arena


Purple N Pucks with the Fargo Force

Fargo Force show support for cancer surviviors

In February, the Fargo Force hockey team set aside their blue jerseys and donned purple to show their support for cancer survivors everywhere. The team collaborated with game sponsor, Jill Henning of State Farm, to raise more than $25,000 through a jersey auction and t-shirt sales. All proceeds supported the embrace Survivorship program at the Roger Maris Cancer Center.

Join us for the Sanford Health Foundation’s NEW black tie event benefiting the Roger Maris Cancer Center on Saturday, November 17 at the FARGODOME. For more information, visit encourage 5

A child’s

work is play

A child’s work is play – and the new iPads® purchased with gifts to Children’s Miracle Network at Sanford Children’s Hospital Fargo allow them to do just that! iPads® are used by Child Life Specialists to distract children during uncomfortable procedures, as well as ease anxiety due to the anticipation of a procedure or treatment. The iPads® are also invaluable educational tools, providing Child Life Specialists with programs and visuals to help children understand their condition and treatment. Children have access to an endless supply of books, movies and games at their fingertips that can be easily adapted to any development stage, age group or interest. “iPads® are the best distraction and educational tool we’ve encountered,” said Wendy Iwerks, Child Life Specialist at Sanford Children’s Hospital Fargo. “Plus, we don’t have to bring an entire bag of tools with us - we can bring an iPad® and have everything we need.”

Sweet Miracles for the Kids Children’s Miracle Network supporters enjoyed hors ‘d oeuvres, wine tasting, live and silent auction and great entertainment at Sweet Miracles hosted by the Courtyard by Marriott in April. The inaugural event raised more than $13,000 for Children’s Miracle Network and Sanford Children’s Hospital Fargo.

Certainty in an uncertain world Return to classic values

Today more than ever, Americans want reliability, certainty and accountability. We are all looking for something stable, solid and firm. For many of us, it means a return to classic values and enduring ideals. One of these values is the charitable gift annuity (CGA). Courtyard by Marriott presents a check to Sanford Children’s Hospital

A CGA is a simple contract between you and us, where you agree to donate a sum of money to our organization. In return, we agree to pay you a fixed percentage of that amount every year for as long as you live. For more information, please contact: • Jane Bartholomay (701) 234-6372 • Lonnie Pederson (701) 234-6247

• Julia Beaton (701) 234-5010 • Michael Hannaher (701) 234-6422 giving

Denny Sanford earns international award for philanthropy In March, Denny Sanford received the 2012 Award for Outstanding Philanthropist from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). The organization’s top philanthropy honor was presented during AFP’s International Conference on Fundraising in Vancouver, BC. The award recognizes an individual with a proven record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support, demonstrates outstanding civic and charitable responsibility and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles on a community, national and/or international level. Sanford has donated more than $800 million in support of many organizations, including Sanford Health, Children’s Home Society, San Diego Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, Burnham Institute of Medical Research, South Dakota Sciences and Technology Authority, University of South Dakota School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic, to name a few. He also recently committed to the Gates/

Building Tomorrow Today

Buffett Giving Pledge. “What more need be said about Mr. Sanford,” said Andrew Watt, FInstF, President and CEO of AFP. “He gives away a prodigious amount of funds, but always in a considered and strategic way. He is a consummate philanthropist—someone who understands that making a difference is not just about

money, but about leadership, innovation and impact. We are honored to be able to recognize him and look forward to hearing about his future accomplishments as he works to complete his lifelong philanthropic goals.”

At Sanford Health, we dedicate ourselves to the work of health and healing – work that is continually strengthened by philanthropic support. Your support continues to drive the development of the Building Tomorrow Today campaign and our mission to raise $50 million for the future of health care in the Fargo Moorhead community. “The Building Tomorrow Today campaign is about lifting up the mission, vision and values of Sanford Health,” said Lonnie Pederson, Vice President of the Sanford Health Foundation Fargo. “The commitment of $7 million through the establishment of 51 endowments and a cumulative campaign total of nearly $10 million supports our pursuit to provide the community with access to extraordinary and comprehensive healthcare for generations to come.” We thank those who have identified with the opportunity to create a lasting legacy on the future of health care and invite others to make a significant impact of the lives of others – contact the Sanford Health Foundation at (701) 234-6246.

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Calendar of Events June 19

Cares for Kids Thunder Road Event 11 a.m. -7 p.m. Thunder Road tickets 4/$10. Good for all outdoor events, including Laser Tag, with no expiration. While supplies last. Half of proceeds benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Sanford Children’s Hospital Fargo.

June 23

Harley Owners Group Miracle Ride Registration starts at 9 a.m. Fargo Harley Davidson 600 West Main Ave., West Fargo and Andy’s Harley Davidson, 2756 North Washington St., Grand Forks. For more information visit Benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Sanford Children’s Hospital Fargo.

July 26

Miracle Treat Day Participating Dairy Queens in our region will donate $1 or more per blizzard sold. Benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Sanford Children’s Hospital.

August 18

Cowboy Up Ride Against Cancer Located in McLeod, North Dakota, this horseback riding event supports the Roger Maris Cancer Center and has grown to include a variety of activities. To learn more or to register, visit

Thank you. Programs and services at Sanford Health benefit from the support of readers like you.

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Summer 2012