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Grace Cancer Foundation sees high demand for services

The Grace Cancer Foundation is in need of funds to support their cancer patients.
The Grace Cancer Foundation is in need of funds to support their cancer patients.(KSNB)
Published: Sep. 10, 2020 at 2:56 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Yet another nonprofit is asking for public support after a major fundraiser is being moved online. The Grace Cancer Foundation is in need of funds to support their cancer patients.

So far this year they have financially assisted 122 cancer patients in the area which has totaled over $70,000. At the annual Race for Grace in the spring they typically raise around $80,000. This year the event had to be postponed to October due to health concerns.

“We made a very difficult decision to move this event to virtual,” Executive Director Sarah Koch said. “Normally our race has over 2,000 runners and it’s an amazing event if you’ve never been down to be able to see the energy and just the patients that are there that are able as they come across the line.”

They are seeing an increased need for their services which has put a strain on their budget as more of their fundraisers are cancelled or altered.

“It makes things almost worse because we have a lot of patients who can’t work themselves and now they’re looking at their spouses not being able to work or their spouses being as a risk factor so they’re not able to be out in the public so it really then does put a strain on the family’s financial situation,” Koch said.

They urge people to still participate in the online run in October. People can donate at any time to make sure they do not have to turn away anyone who needs their help.

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