Foundation event to aid multiple groups

Published: Apr. 11, 2017 at 1:52 PM CDT
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The event will have a different look, but those who benefit will remain the same for a central Nebraska foundation.

The CHI Health St. Francis Foundation will be giving away $20-thousand cash instead of a car in their "Ticket to Win" event.

Two groups have been designated to benefit from the event. Cancer center patients needing help with added expenses, like gas and groceries, during treatment will receive funding.

Also, first responders in Hall, Hamilton, Howard, Merrick and Greeley counties will be eligible for grants.

For the EMT's, it's a boost for them and those they serve, according to Tim Graham of the Hamilton County Ambulance Service.

"A lot of the area first responders are volunteers," said Graham. "So, they're raising funds to improve the quality of care they provide and to help the residents of their community directly."

Patients in need of treatment for cancer often get insurance help for medical care, but it's other expenses that can be a burden.

That's why help with gas and groceries will be provided from funds from the foundation event.

Rebecca hadenfeldt, oncology nurse navigator

"The financial needs are always there," said Rebecca Hadenfeldt, an oncology nurse navigator at the CHI Health St. Francis Cancer Center. It's these other little things that aren't covered by insurance that we take care of."

The foundation is also getting support this year from the family of late Nebraska punter Sam Foltz. They are donating a jersey to be auctioned the night of the event. For Jill Foltz, the mother of Sam, it's another way to draw good from their tragedy.

"We're honored always to have people ask and to want to continue Sam's legacy and to keep his memory alive in doing good things in the community," said Foltz. "That's what Sam was kind of known for."

The Ticket to Win event will be May 18 at CHI Health St. Francis. Chances for the cash prize are on sale now for $100 each.