Published on June 13, 2016

Altru Cancer Center Golf Tournament Raises $101,000 for Filling the Gap

Grand Forks, N.D. – The biggest fundraiser of the year for Filling the Gap, the Altru Cancer Center Golf Tournament, was held June 9 at the Grand Forks Country Club. Golfers, sponsors and volunteers came together and raised over $101,000. In its fourteen-year history, the tournament has raised over $1 million for Filling the Gap. 

Filling the Gap helps provide financially eligible patients with gas cards, nutritional supplements and lodging assistance when overnight stays are necessary. These items are not typically covered by insurance, yet can dramatically affect a patient’s quality of life. In 2015, over $176,000 was given to patients in need through the program. 

Mike Ryan, private wealth advisor at Ameriprise Financial, main sponsor of this year’s tournament and cancer survivor, believes that Filling the Gap is vital for patients. “The program is so important. People get hit with these life circumstances. They have to deal with the physical and emotional part of it, and then they have the costs on top of it. If there is any way we can fill that gap so they can focus on healing and their family, it makes a huge difference.” 

“Filling the Gap helps our patients immensely by meeting basic needs,” says Beth Nelson, manager of Altru Cancer Center. “This program provides for nutritional supplements for all patients regardless of income and also helps ‘fill the gap’ with finances when they travel distances for their care, through hotel stays, gas cards or even taxi rides if they live in town and don't have a ride or feel well enough to drive.”  

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or donating to Filling the Gap, please contact Randy Schoenborn at or 701.780.5618. 

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, and a large home care network. It employs more than 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $524 million. As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.