Donation to help area cancer patients pay bills

Published: Jan. 30, 2018 at 4:29 PM CST
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Gas and groceries may not seem too expensive, but those fees can add up quick for cancer patients who are already dishing out thousands for treatment.

Luckily area patients are getting a little help paying those bills thanks to a generous donation made Tuesday.

Workers with the Oregon Trail Rodeo presented a check of a little over $2,600 to the Morrison Cancer Center. That money will help patients getting treatment pay for expenses not covered by insurance.

So where does this money come from?

Each year at the Hastings rodeo there's a "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" event.

Fans, rodeo workers and cowboys wear pink to raise breast cancer awareness and money for the "From the Heart" charity. Cancer patients say this money goes a long way.

"It takes a lot of stress of you because I pay rent at home and all my bills at home and then I have to pay for gas coming up here and then I stay at the home-away-from-home for an extended period of time," said cancer patient Ronald Waggoner of Norton, Kansas.

Ronald drives back and forth between Kansas and Hastings often for treatment. He says gas expenses certainly add up so he's grateful for that extra help.

The annual donation from the Oregon Trail Rodeo has been going on since 2006 and has raised over $30,000 total for cancer patients like Ronald.