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Thank you for supporting Caring for Kids on Giving Hearts Day

As a Child Life Specialist at Altru Health System, I see a lot of kids. I see the fear and worry. I see when families are struggling to do the best they can for their children. Your gift to Giving Hearts Day 2017 truly changes lives for families in Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and the entire region.

When I offer information about the Caring for Kids program, I look into parents’ eyes and I see relief. I see the difference that your gift makes.

On Giving Hearts Day, February 9, 2017, over 80 donors gave generously to Altru Health Foundation to support Caring for Kids. Combined with $7,000 of matching gifts from our generous sponsors, including Altru Alliance, Dakota Medical Foundation, C&R Cleaners and Laundry – Don and Patricia Larsen, McDonald’s – Mike and Cindy O’Keefe, and Yvonne B. Nelson, $14,335 was raised.

These gifts support financially qualified families by providing gas gift cards and hotel stays when an overnight trip is necessary. The financial burden of trips for necessary treatments can put additional stress on families with children fighting chronic conditions. With your help, we are able to ease this burden for our patients and families.

Once again, thank you for your passionate support of this great event and the needs of children with chronic conditions.

Melissa Swenson
Child Life Specialist
Altru Health System