November 2020
Our goal is to build and sustain free housing that will support patients and their families in North Central Montana.
For many years, there has been a great need in our community for patient housing while receiving outpatient treatment. A patient housing facility has become our top priority.
Read inspiring highlights below!
Construction Update
These three photos were taken on Monday, November 2nd. They show Dick Anderson Construction putting in plumbing for our new facility.

We will continue to update you in our monthly newsletter with pictures of our facility.

To view more photos, click here.
Browning Kimball Foundation Grants Clinic Campaign $20k
We are pleased to announce Browning Kimball Foundation has contributed $20,000 to the Great Falls Clinic Legacy Foundation's "Building Hope" Campaign for future patient housing. This brings their total donation to the Legacy Foundation to $60,000. "We couldn't be more thankful that the Browning Kimball Foundation chose to support the Harold & Carmen Poulsen Legacy Housing project out of the many grant proposals it receives each year. Patient housing is so valuable to Central Montana and the Browning Kimball Foundation recognized and acknowledged this with their generous gift and support," stated Executive Director, Samantha Shinaberger.

The Browning Kimball Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life through support of youth and families, health with an emphasis on prevention, arts and humanities and sustainable agriculture. Preference will be given to counties in Central Montana.
Read real-life stories about patients and families living in our Montana communities and how we can make a difference!
Cut Bank Patient's Battle With Cancer During COVID by Jan Haemig
My name is Jan Haemig, and I have lived in Cut Bank for 45 years. In late June, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I received a diagnosis of invasive breast cancer. My prognosis is good, and my treatment has included lumpectomy and chemo, followed by radiation. 

I think my story is pretty typical of others who received cancer diagnoses during this time. You wonder how you will be able to manage getting to all the appointments, surgeries, chemo, and radiation, especially when you face winter roads and live so far away from treatment. I was fortunate that my husband could get time off from work for the 1-1/2 hour trip each way so far. I have to compliment the staff for scheduling appointments so I could combine them when possible. During a time of stress, as well as undergoing chemo, all staff were positive and supportive, and I appreciated their consideration.

My last step in this process, which I am just starting, is radiation five times a week, which should take about 3-1/2 weeks. Although I’m not looking forward to staying in a hotel during this time, it’s the best solution for now. I feel fortunate that the Legacy Foundation pays hotel expenses in the interim while their housing facility is being built. Having a place to stay relieves some of the stress of dealing with cancer, knowing I won’t also have worry about making daily drives in bad weather.

It’s been exciting to see the new building going up, which will make it simpler for patients to stay near where they are getting treated. It will be convenient to have kitchenettes in their rooms so they don’t have to leave to get food, especially since many cancer patients are immunocompromised. And especially during the time of COVID-19, patients can stay away from others who may pass on illness. It will be a quiet, convenient oasis for people experiencing a difficult time of their lives.

I appreciate the Legacy Foundation and their work to help cancer patients!
Read donor highlights and other important recognition events below!
Donor of the Month: Gayle Mauler
Gayle Mauler works at the Great Falls Clinic Hospital in the Laboratory as the Transfusion Services Supervisor and she has recently taken on the Assistant Lab Manager position. She has lived in Great Falls for most of her life, and she first heard about the Foundation by seeing signs around the clinic and emails.

Gayle first started donating about a year ago. She was inspired to donate because she believes the Legacy Foundation is a good cause, and shares “It is so easy to donate with the direct donation coming right out of my paycheck.”

What she has enjoyed the most about giving to the Legacy Foundation is, “[Getting to see] the progress of the patient housing.” The Harold & Carmen Poulsen Legacy Housing facility broke ground in September of 2020.

I believe [the Legacy Foundation] is a very good cause and it will help a lot of people who might be struggling financially,” Gayle said. “I feel like this will give them one less thing… to worry about when they or one of their loved ones is here for cancer treatment.”

Gayle has also experienced how cancer can affect families personally, “I had a relative that passed at a young age from breast cancer, and watching what her family went through was difficult. If they would have had access to something like [the housing facility], it may have eased at least one of their worries.

If everyone would just give a little bit each paycheck it would help so many of our patients that need our help, and it is so easy to do!
Check out upcoming events below!
#GivingTuesday, December 1, 2020, is an international day of giving. This year, we are pleased to share that we have two generous sponsors partnering with us for our annual #GivingTuesday events. First Interstate Bank and My Viola have both partnered with us to bring a special and unique #GivingTuesday experience. First Interstate Bank has pledged a matching grant up to $2,500 and My Viola is matching all flower arrangement costs.

This year, if you donate $50 or more to the Legacy Foundation for #GivingTuesday, we will hand deliver (Great Falls addresses only) a flower arrangement from My Viola with a personalized card, (donor’s choice of inscription) hand-written by a calligraphist. The donor and recipient (nominated person and/or company) will also be recognized in our annual report. Donors can be anonymous if they choose. The delivery location must be within the city limits of Great Falls, MT. To participate, please fill out the required information below. Donations must be received on or before December 1, 2020 to qualify.

If you donate $49 or less to the Legacy Foundation for #GivingTuesday, the donor and nominated person will still be recognized in our annual report (must be more than $10). The donor and recipient (nominated person and/or company) will both receive a notification in the mail. Donors can be anonymous if they choose. To participate, please fill out the required information below. Donations must be received on or before December 1, 2020 to qualify.

AmazonSmile has donated over $200 million to charities worldwide! You can help increase AmazonSmile donations to Great Falls Clinic Legacy Foundation by shopping at or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app. 
Fuddruckers Update
Thank you to everyone who braved the weather to come and eat at Fuddruckers with us. We appreciate you taking the time to come and support us.

To those of you who felt unsafe due to the weather or COVID, we hope to partner with Fuddruckers again in 2021 when there will hopefully be less restrictions.
Review updates on our current capital campaign efforts to build our patient housing facility here!
Current Campaign Status Update - 75% Completion!
Recently, the Great Falls Clinic Legacy Foundation "Building Hope" Campaign surpassed the $2.58 million mark due to a very generous grant. An unexpected escalation of the design and construction fees from several months ago increased our capital campaign goal to $3.4 million. But with our newest campaign update, we have successfully raised over 75% of the funds needed for this project and will break ground mid-September 2020.

If you are interested in donating or volunteering for the Foundation, we could certainly use your help! Please call 406-216-8057, email or click the button below.
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October 2020 Donors
Here we recognize our donors for each month in the following month's newsletter. Below is a list of donor names that donated to our Foundation last month:
  • Pacific Steel & Recycling
  • Fuddruckers
  • L'Heureux Page Werner, P.C. (LPW)
  • Ed and Karen Venetz
  • The Falls Real Estate
  • AT Klemens
  • Romayne Swenson in Memory of Arlene Swenson
  • Browning Kimball Foundation
  • Brian Allison
  • Bonnie Bryant
  • Kensie Butts
  • Camile Duffy
  • Ashleigh Heichelbech
  • Leisa Hotaling
  • Patti Jasinski
  • Kathy Jenkins
  • Danielle Kimmett
  • Melissa Kingsland
  • Heidi LePard
  • Gayle Mauler
  • Sara Murphy
  • Amanda and Sean Murray
  • Sydney Norby
  • Brittany Oenes
  • Kendra and Dom Puckett
  • Meghan Ratliff
  • Kit Robinson
  • Alice Schultz
  • Kimberly Schwartz
  • Samantha Jean Shinaberger
  • Teresa Stenlund
  • James and Jill Tanner
  • Susan Taylor
  • Paula Walter
  • Miriam and Michael Walters
  • Sheila Yuhas
  • Zale Kaupish
  • Margaret Dailey
  • Lindsey Kadner-DeBolt
  • Patsy Kirkhart
  • Danielle Mahn
  • Allan and Tina Rabbitt
  • Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services (DPHHS)
  • US Bank (local)
  • MRTE, Inc.
  • Great Falls OB-GYN Associates
  • Vicki Newmiller in Memory of Mary Johns
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