Rosemary Gruner

Dear Friends and Supporters:

A helping hand for cancer patients and their families is who we are; to ensure that no patient in our community feels like they are fighting cancer alone. You have enabled us to extend that hand to every single patient who has needed our help since our inception, and over the last 15 years we have delivered financial support to more than 1,850 families.

To think before we partnered with the Benedictine Health Foundation to found the Rosemary D. Gruner Memorial Cancer Fund, families fighting cancer were often left with nowhere to turn for help. We chose to do something about that. You made it possible.

Our goal from the beginning was to make help available immediately and to keep the process simple. As we often say, we never want someone to go without gas in their car or food in their fridge while they undergo cancer treatment. They certainly have enough stress with treatments and the many other burdens fighting cancer creates. You have helped us fill this enormous need.

We stand proud as we have watched thousands of riders over the last 15 years raise money on our behalf, and even more donors generously support our mission. Two years ago we added the 5K to further extend our reach, and now we will reach thousands more.

None of what we have accomplished would have ever been possible if it were not for the army of volunteers who help us leading up to and the day of the event. Many people many not know, it takes more than 150 volunteers to make our event safe and successful, of which many arrive before sunrise to ensure everyone has a wonderful experience. We wish we could thank each one of you by name, but the list is far too long, so please accept our heartfelt THANK YOU. We simply could not pull this off every year without you.

Our sponsors are comprised of so many community-minded businesses that provide us with a strong foundation of support as we start raising money each year. Please keep them at the forefront of your mind as you seek out various services in our community.

As we celebrate our 15th year, please consider increasing your fundraising efforts so we can continue our commitment to helping every cancer patient in need in our community this coming year.

Lastly, we would be remiss if we did not thank the staff at the Benedictine Health Foundation, Barbara Klassen and Bernadette Rexford. There is no way we would have accomplished all we have without their expertise and guidance.

On behalf of the Arsenault, DiDonna and Gruner families, and the Benedictine Health Foundation, thank you for exceeding our wildest expectations. You should know you are making our Mom incredibility proud!

Daniel J. Gruner

A helping hand for cancer patients and their families