Local residents support cancer patients

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From left: Katie Nelson, Riverwood Foundation director; Jan Hegman, oncology care coordinator; Randy Cook, Parker Fulton, Steve Cook, Kaitlyn Cook, Adam Cook and Nicole Cook

From left: Katie Nelson, Riverwood Foundation director; Jan Hegman, oncology care coordinator; Randy Cook, Parker Fulton, Steve Cook, Kaitlyn Cook, Adam Cook and Nicole Cook

The Cook family of Aitkin recently made a $1,400 donation to the Oncology department at Riverwood Healthcare Center. This donation, made in memory of Richard Cook Sr., who passed away in December 2016, will be used to purchase gas cards for cancer patients who need to travel a long distance from home for their care.

Emily Harmon, an Aitkin High School senior, raised about $200 to support Riverwood cancer patients with a bake sale at her school. As a project for a college-level American Government course, she focused on helping local cancer patients in Aitkin.  She reached out to family and friends to help make baked items to sell at an Aitkin High School basketball game.

From left: Paula Eklund-Fisher, Foundation coordinator, Jan Hegman, oncology care coordinator; and Emily Harmon.

From left: Paula Eklund-Fisher, Foundation coordinator, Jan Hegman, oncology care coordinator; and Emily Harmon.

“These two donations will help us provide about 70 gas cards to local cancer patients who have to drive a long distance from home for radiation or other cancer treatments,” said Jan Hegman, oncology care coordinator at Riverwood. “Generous donations like these two help make the cancer journey a little easier for patients and family members. A gift in any amount to support cancer care is sincerely appreciated.”

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