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Estate plan helps retired physician create lasting legacy

Walter Frank, M.D., was a pioneer of cardiology at Sanford Health in Bismarck, North Dakota. He joined what was then Bismarck Hospital in 1979 and over the next 34 years helped establish the first modern catheterization lab as well as nuclear cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation and other lifesaving heart programs. “It was a lot of work, […]
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Motorcycle club supports pediatric cancer patients

Bryon Farmer wanted to change some people’s perception of motorcycle clubs and what it means to be in one. The president and co-founder of the Bellator Titans MC imagined a brotherhood of fellow motorcycle enthusiasts focused on giving back while having fun. That’s exactly what they do. They’ve become known as fierce champions for children’s […]
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Breast cancer survivor creates new Mother’s Day memories

Kari Matthys still remembers the feeling of holding her oldest daughter in her arms for the first time. “She was this little life that just depended on you for everything,” Matthys said. “I loved every minute of being a mom.” Now a mother of three, Matthys, from Hillsboro, North Dakota, loves sharing her life and […]
Emily Fink Emily Fink 6 min read

Cancer survivor shares gratitude for care

DICKINSON, N.D. — Sitting in the Sanford Dickinson West Infusion Center, Sandy Steckler found herself smiling. She was undergoing treatment for breast cancer, but seeing how the small team of nurses and other staff members interacted with patients gave her great joy. “It’s hard to put into words,” she said. “I saw them take the time […]
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Costco customers raise money for children’s hospitals

Costco has been a partner with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for more than 30 years. In that time, the retailer has raised more than $300 million for children’s hospitals in the U.S. and Canada, including Sanford Children’s Hospitals in Fargo, North Dakota, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This year, the Miracle Balloon campaign starts on […]
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Sanford Fargo Marathon: Run with a purpose

Missy Larson can’t wait for the Sanford Fargo Marathon on May 19. She’s looking forward to the excitement that builds around the starting line, racing with runners of all ages and hearing shouts of encouragement from hundreds of fans along the half-marathon route. “I’d have to say, the fans and spectators that line the streets […]
Emily Fink Emily Fink 5 min read
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Man receives donated kidney through dialysis friendship

Donate Life Month is a time to celebrate organ donation's life-saving power
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Why I give: Dr. Thavam Thambi-Pillai

As a Sanford Heart transplant surgeon, Thav Thambi-Pillai, M.D., gives patients hope. “In my career, I can truly make a difference in the life of patients with organ failure,” he said. “When we transplant these patients, they get a second chance at life.” He also makes a difference through his support of the Gift of Time […]
Emily Fink Emily Fink 2 min read
Jan Tello and other volunteers visiting Sanford World Clinic in Ghana

Donors see results of Sanford World Clinic giving firsthand

Jan Tello will never forget her trip to Ghana. During the week-long trip to visit Sanford World Clinic facilities throughout the country, Jan and her husband, Tony Tello, M.D., came to know the Ghanaian people as vibrant and generous. “We had heard about the Sanford World Clinic initiative over the years,” Jan said, “but actually […]
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Children’s Miracle Network honors DQ owner, DJ for efforts

Two longtime and dedicated supporters of Sanford Children’s Miracle Network were honored recently at the national Children’s Hospitals Week conference in Florida. Among the dozen awards presented, DeLon Mork, owner of the Dairy Queen in Madison, South Dakota, earned the Local Corporate Person of the Year award, and Chris Carter, DJ at KTWB radio in […]
Emily Fink Emily Fink 4 min read