“As any family that experiences a cancer threat knows, the emotional and financial price is high. We appreciate the financial gift so much, but more important to us is the support given to our family by Pay It Forward and the Red Wing Community, we are so fortunate…”

-Pay It Forward Recipient


The Hardymans and the Magnusons, have been joining forces since 2007 to help local families affected by cancer. The Red Wing, Minnesota families established the Pay It Forward - Red Wing organization to honor their mothers, Jean and Marvel, who lost their fight against breast cancer.

Pay It Forward-Red Wing has contributed $340,000 to individuals struggling to make ends meet while battling cancer. The fund assists patients who are going through or or who have received any type of cancer treatment with the payment of necessary living expenses. It the organization’s hope that families who receive help will someday, somehow–either financially or otherwise, find a way to “pay it forward” by helping other families during treatment.

A cancer diagnosis can be devastating emotionally, but the financial burden can be equally challenging. Patients with health insurance may be unable to work during treatment or may even lose their job. The added stresses of unpaid bills, child care and transportation does not promote a healing environment.


Our annual event at the
Red Wing Elks Lodge 845
306 W 4th St, Red Wing, Minnesota 55066

“This allows me to be thankful
for what I have, not what I’ve lost.”

-Pay It Forward Recipient


After a cancer diagnosis, cancer patients need a strong support system. In addition to caring doctors and nurses, many people receive support from family and friends through meals, rides to appointments, help with child care or simply words or notes of encouragement. Typically when patients feel that someday, somehow they will “pay it forward” by helping other patients during treatment, it will enable them to accept the help they need.

Patients from the Red Wing and surrounding areas currently being treated, or who have completed treatment for any type of cancer are eligible to receive assistance with basic living expenses such as utilities, housing , child care and transportation. Pay It Forward does not pay for medical expenses.

If you are struggling with living expenses due to your illness, and live in the Red Wing area, call our Community Engagement Specialist at 651-385-3302 or email horlitz.pamela@mayo.edu

Contact Pam

“Why would
someone do this for me?
It’s so wonderful!”

-Pay It Forward Recipient