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Farmers Union Insurance pledges $50,000 gift to JRMC Cancer Center program

The funds benefit the REACH program.

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Farmers Union Insurance has pledged $50,000 to benefit the REACH program at JRMC Cancer Center. Contributed / Jamestown Regional Medical Center

Cancer care impacts a person’s body, mind and soul. That’s why Farmers Union Insurance (FUI) made a $50,000 gift to the REACH program at Jamestown Regional Medical Center.

REACH stands for Resources, Educate, Advocacy, Care and Hope. JRMC’s REACH Coordinator Kalen Heller meets with every JRMC Cancer Center patient to discuss diagnosis and treatment plans, apply for programs that offer financial assistance, offer spiritual care and learn about life as a cancer survivor. Heller provides support and other services to help reduce the stress of the patient and the patient's family through all phases of treatment and recovery. Patients have the option of meeting regularly with the REACH coordinator after this initial consult.

“We always wanted to offer spiritual care and care for survivorship,” said Lisa Jackson, JRMC Foundation director. “However, we didn’t expect to offer it so soon. In the two years since we’ve opened the JRMC Cancer Center, we’ve saved 500,000 miles of travel and offered holistic care to our patients. This is only possible because of generous individuals and organizations like Farmers Union Insurance.”

The JRMC Cancer Center opened in 2019. Since then, the cancer care team has offered more than 200 infusions each month to individuals from 35 communities in a nine-county area. The center is in partnership with Sanford Health’s Roger Maris Cancer Center.

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FUI supports this program because it supports the residents of rural communities, said Mark Anderson, CEO OF FUI. The support is also personal for Anderson, whose mother passed away from breast cancer when he was 17 years old.

“Supporting rural communities and specifically their members’ health is important to us," he said. "Miles matter when people are sick. We’re proud to be part of what you do here and feel that this commitment is a natural fit with our original gift in 2016.”

North Dakota Farmers Union and Farmers Union Insurance also named the Welcome Center at the JRMC Cancer Center. The organizations donated $150,000 to the cancer center in 2016 – launching the development of the service.

“We couldn’t have opened the JRMC Cancer Center without North Dakota Farmers Union and Farmers Union Insurance,” Jackson said.

To learn more about cancer care at JRMC, visit www.jrmcnd.com/cancer . To support cancer care patients, visit www.jrmcnd.com/giving.

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