“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…”
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. FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF CANCER. 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.
Pay It Forward Red Wing pays up to $1,500 towards non-medical bills for patients in the Red Wing area who have been diagnosed with cancer. As of January 2019, we have helped over 220 men and women. We have also paid out five $1,000 scholarships to Red Wing High School students who have been affected by cancer in their lives, and we have purchased a blanket warmer for the chemotherapy room at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Red Wing. All of this is possible because of the generous donations from our friends, family and all those who have attended our Events. Any donation is helpful and appreciated. All proceeds stay local with Pay It Forward Red Wing. The fund is administered by the Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing. If you would like to donate, please mail your check made out to Mayo Clinic Health System, (please put Pay It Forward in the memo section) and mail it to: Pam Horlitz, Mayo Community Outreach 434 W 4th St, Red Wing, MN 55066. Federal Tax Id #41-1713783
“This allows me to be thankful for what I have, not what I’ve lost.”
-Pay It Forward Recipient
HELP COMES IN MANY FORMS. 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. WHO IS ELIGIBLE? 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 email@example.com
“Why would someone do this for me? It’s so wonderful!”
-Pay It Forward Recipient