Published on June 19, 2017

Altru Cancer Center Golf Tournament Raises $103,000 for Filling the Gap and Caring for Kids

Grand Forks, N.D. – The biggest fundraiser of the year for Filling the Gap and Caring for Kids, the Altru Cancer Center Golf Tournament, was held June 8 at the Grand Forks Country Club. Golfers, sponsors and volunteers raised over $103,000. In its 15-year history, the tournament has raised over $1 million for Filling the Gap and over $100,000 for Caring for Kids. 

Filling the Gap provides 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 2016, over $176,000 was given to patients through the program. “Filling the Gap provides 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,” says Beth Nelson, manager of Altru Cancer Center. 

Caring for Kids is a grant program for kids with chronic conditions and their families. It was established to improve the quality of life for pediatric patients and their families by lifting some of their financial burden. “Thanks to donors’ generous gifts, 12 families with children battling chronic health conditions were able to travel 16,534 miles during 31 trips throughout the tri-state area in the past six months,” says Melissa Swenson, child life specialist at Altru. 

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or donating to the Altru Cancer Center Golf Tournament, 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.