May 2021
OUR GOAL
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.
EXCITING NEWS
Read inspiring highlights below!
Construction Update
This photo was taken May 12th. As you can see, the paint is almost finished on this side! We are thrilled with the progress on the construction so far, and plan to be finished with our facility in July of 2021. We have some interior photos available in our Facebook photo album.

We will continue to keep you updated on our construction here and our Facebook page.

To view more photos, click the image or click here.
Meet Our 2021 Leaving a Legacy Sponsors!
We have started accepting sponsorships for our annual event! We are so excited to host the second annual Leaving a Legacy Gala on October 22, 2021.
NEW ULTIMATE SPONSOR
Great Falls Clinic
We are pleased to share that the Great Falls Clinic is the Legacy Foundation's second *ULTIMATE* sponsor highlight for our 2021 Leaving a Legacy Gala! The Great Falls Clinic has supported our Foundation since the beginning. They always strive for the highest levels of patient care and we are thrilled they sponsored our event again!
NEW PLATINUM SPONSOR
LPW Architecture
LPW Architecture is our latest platinum sponsor! LPW is currently designing our patient housing facility, and we are thankful for their more than 50 years of experience in helping our dreams become reality!
NEW PREMIUM SPONSOR
First Interstate Bank
First interstate bank is an Premium sponsor! We are so pleased with their continued support. This is not the first event that FIB has sponsored, as they have been long time donors and supporters of the Foundation! Most recently, they pledged a matching grant with the Foundation for our #GivingTuesday event in December.
Thank You To Our Ultimate and Platinum Sponsors
Welcome Grant Bebee as Fundraising Manager!
The Great Falls Clinic Legacy Foundation is pleased to welcome Grant Bebee to the Great Falls Legacy Foundation staff. Grant is a well-known member of the Great Falls community and plans to help contribute to both the Foundation’s and the Great Falls Clinic’s success. Grant officially joins out team on May 24, 2021!

About Grant Bebee
Grant is originally from Havre, Montana, and a graduate of Havre High School. He attended the University of Montana in Missoula where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Grant has worked in several businesses in Great Falls, including Northwind’s Publishing and Printing, the Great Falls Tribune, Spectrum Reach-Charter Communications, and most recently Cowles Media Company/KFBB as a Senior Account Manager. 

Grant was inspired to pursue a career in the nonprofit industry to give back to the community he has lived in for the past 25 years. Grant shared, “I understand how and why the Legacy Foundation is needed. My mother started her battle with cancer 33 years ago and has been diagnosed with four different types of cancer during that time. In the beginning, my parents had to travel to Great Falls for my mother’s cancer surgeries, treatments and checkups. Most times, they drove to Great Falls, then back to Havre on the same day, which eventually led them to retire and move to Great Falls.” Grant continued, “We just celebrated her 88th birthday this month. I understand and have great empathy for those who are coming here for their treatment. I was in college when my mom was first diagnosed. It was always on my mind how her appointments went and was she still in remission.” He added, “She has been cancer free now for the past 15 years. Her successful treatments at the Great Falls Clinic allowed her to experience my college graduation, my wedding, my family, and share another 21 years with the love of her life, my father.”

In his free time, Grant enjoys working in his yard, gardening, and traveling with his wife, Doree. In the fall you can find him glued to his TV watching college and NFL football, especially when his beloved UM Griz take to the field. It is also not uncommon to see Grant in the confines of Washington-Grizzly Stadium at least once during the football season.
TESTIMONIALS
Read real-life stories about patients and families living in our Montana communities and how we can make a difference!
Grateful For My Team – by Jen Taylor

I live in Stanford, Montana but I was raised in Fort Benton, Montana. In 2011, at the age of 42, I was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of breast cancer. My surgeon gave me the option of either having a lumpectomy or mastectomy. I chose to have a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. When my surgeon gave me this diagnosis I knew it was either fight or flight. In my heart, I knew I was going to be alright, and I was more worried about my spouse. I was fortunate to have a large group of very supportive people. My whole family, as well as my coworkers, right down to the guys at my work shaving their heads so I didn't feel alone.

Due to the type of breast cancer I was diagnosed with and my age, it was recommended by my Oncologist, Dr. Guter, to have eight rounds of chemotherapy. So every two weeks from December to February I would have chemotherapy at the Great Falls Clinic Infusion Center, which would last approximately 4-5 hours each time. I was very, very lucky because I never got sick from chemotherapy, I only felt tired, except during the initial treatment. The Infusion nurses were right on top of it, always following up the next day and offering any suggestions that would help me.

While I was having treatments and driving to and from my treatment, the weather was in my favor and we had a mild winter. It made the 65 mile drive to Great Falls for treatment better as we had one less thing to worry about. If the winter would have been a good old-fashioned Montana winter, I would have been staying in Great Falls at either my sister or mother's house as the Legacy Foundation wasn't created yet.  

Here is it is 2021, ten years since my initial diagnosis, and I believe I get to graduate from seeing my oncologist every six months to once a year, if not longer. My doctor has kept a pretty close eye on me! Regarding my cancer "team" during this journey they were great, and I am forever grateful! October will be ten years since I was diagnosed and I cannot believe how advanced medical technology has come! If the Legacy Foundation’s facility had been available to me to use during my treatment, I absolutely would have used it. It would have been very convenient, especially with just having to cross the road to receive treatment.  
RECOGNITIONS
Read donor highlights and other important recognition events below!
Donor of the Month: Beth Duke
Beth Duke is the owner of Coldwell Banker/The Falls Real Estate located in Great Falls, MT. She was first introduced to the Legacy Foundation by a friend who encouraged her to join the Legacy Foundation Leadership Cabinet. “I am a cancer survivor and know how important it is to have somewhere to stay, that you are safe, and you have assistance if necessary.” Beth shared. “I enjoy being a part of helping our community and outlying communities get the medical attention they deserve. You have to be passionate to believe in something. I believe this Foundation is vital to our communities.”

“I was a cancer patient at the Great Falls Clinic Cancer Center 21 years ago! Thanks to Dr. Guter and his team, I am here and able to support this mission. I believe in paying it forward.” Beth shared. Beth knew something was wrong, and due to her family’s history with cancer, she took it upon herself to get the healthcare she needed. “I have always listened to my body and I knew something wasn’t right. I forced my primary care provider at the time to do a chest X-ray and they found the lymph nodes in my chest were a huge mass. I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and had Chemo treatments twice a month for six months.”

Beth shared some final thoughts on why she donates. “When going out of town for treatment I believe by knowing the patient and family will have a place to stay will remove stress from an already stressful situation. Any way we can pay it forward to someone who is going through diagnosis and treatment will make their day brighter.”
April Great Falls Clinic Payroll Deduction Donor Winner:
We are so appreciative of all of our donors at the Great Falls Clinic! If you work at the Clinic, you can sign up for payroll deductions, which enters you in a special drawing once a month!

April's prize was a MAY DAY BASKET! THANKS GFC HOSPITAL AND MY VIOLA FLORAL STUDIO! CONGRATS TO THE *WINNER* RACHELLE MURPHY!

We will be drawing one PTO day PER QUARTER now! 

Every $10 you donate per month (keep in mind there are two pay periods per month, sometimes three), you will be entered one time. For example: Joe donates $5 per pay period so he have ONE entry. Sally donates $20 per pay period so she will have FOUR entries!

Participation is EASY! Just sign up for payroll deduction by contacting Audrey Phillips at audrey.phillips@gfclinic.com or call at (406)216-8057.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Check out upcoming events below!
Is there an event or fundraiser you want the Great Falls Clinic Legacy Foundation to host? Contact Audrey Phillips at (406)216-8057 or at audrey.phillips@gfclinic.com.
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CAMPAIGN CORNER
Review updates on our current capital campaign efforts to build our patient housing facility here!
Current Campaign Status Update - 77% Completion!
Recently, the Great Falls Clinic Legacy Foundation "Building Hope" Campaign surpassed the $2.64 million mark. An unexpected escalation of the design and construction fees from 2020 increased our capital campaign goal to $3.4 million. But with our newest campaign update, we have successfully raised over 77% of the funds needed for this project.

If you are interested in donating or volunteering for the Foundation, we could certainly use your help! Please call (406) 216-8057, email audrey.phillips@gfclinic.com or click the button below.
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April 2021 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:

  • Reed and Carissa Bassett
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana
  • Rhetta Brandt
  • Bonnie Bryant
  • Candace Buday
  • Bobbie Burkstrand in memory of Betty Jo Wilson
  • Kensie Butts
  • Yu Fen Hu Chauvet
  • Church, Harris, Johnson & Williams, P.C.
  • Amanda and Scott Cunningham
  • Margaret Dailey
  • Lindsey Kadner-DeBolt
  • Rick and Haley Denzer
  • Dick Anderson Construction, Inc.
  • Leora Ferguson
  • First Interstate Bank
  • Great Falls Clinic, LLP
  • Great Falls Tribune
  • Deb Gruel
  • Ashland Hasner in memory of Roland Hasner
  • Ashleigh Heichelbech
  • Leisa Hotaling
  • Zoe Irvin
  • Kathy Jenkins
  • David and Beth Jerdon

  • Vickie Keith
  • Danielle Kimmett
  • Melissa Kingsland
  • Patsy Kirkhart
  • Barbara Lankford
  • Todd and Heidi LePard
  • L'Heureux Page Werner, P.C. (LPW)
  • Gayle Mauler
  • Mary McGivern
  • Mary Jane Mischler
  • Rachelle Murphy
  • Sara Murphy
  • Amanda and Sean Murray
  • Pacific Steel & Recycling
  • Jackson and Audrey Phillips
  • Gregg and Malinda Pike
  • Kendra and Dom Puckett
  • Allan and Tina Rabbitt
  • Meghan Ratliff
  • Markie Rohrback
  • Kimberly Schwartz
  • Samantha Jean Shinaberger
  • Zachary and Kari Smith
  • Stockman Bank
  • James and Jill Tanner
  • Wyman and Dee Taylor in memory of Ronald McLaughlin and Loren Rice
  • Taylor Agricultural Enterprises LLP
  • Paula Walter
  • Miriam and Michael Walters
  • Charlcie Woodruff
  • Sheila Yuhas
  • Sarah Zook
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