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!
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Grant
We are pleased to announce the Foundation recently received a $50,000 grant from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) out of Minnesota in support of our much needed project to build our future patient housing facility.

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community believes strongly in the t he Dakota Value of Sharing.

A strong tradition of helping others, "wookiye" (helpfulness) has defined the Dakota people for generations. Honoring that tradition, the SMSC contributes to causes, organizations and tribes across the region, state and country. The SMSC is the largest philanthropic benefactor for Indian Country nationally, and one of the largest charitable givers in Minnesota.

The SMSC has donated more than $325 million to organizations and causes, provided $500 million in economic development loans to other tribes, and contributed millions more to support regional governments and infrastructure.
Request for Cancer Patient Hats and Head Coverings
The Great Falls Clinic Legacy Foundation is accepting donations on behalf of the Clinic Cancer Care department for hats and head coverings for Spring and Summer. These items are important for our cancer patients to protect their head, skin and face during the warmer months. We have received generous donations from past donors and are running low! If you or anyone you know is able to donate new head coverings to cancer patients, please deliver to Leisa or Maggie at the Great Falls Clinic Cancer Care Department at 3000 15th Avenue South, Great Falls.

Some suggestions of needed items are as follows:
  • Bandanas
  • Baseball caps
  • Head wraps
  • Light scarves
  • Newsboy caps
  • Sun hats
Read real-life stories about patients and families living in our Montana communities and how we can make a difference!
Sweetgrass, Montana Cancer Patient Testimonial
Stress . That is the first word that came to Diana's mind when asked about her battle with cancer. Diana described her diagnosis as stressful and overwhelming. "When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I was unsure of how to move forward since my treatments would be a very long way from my home. I had initially thought that driving the daily 240 mile round trip would be something that I could handle. I was wrong. I discovered on the first day of chemotherapy and radiation, it simply would not be possible. The treatments, consisting of weekly chemotherapy and daily radiation literally knocked the pins out from under me. I was weak and exhausted." Diana's daughter Lindsay added, "she wasn't capable of driving around the block, much less the round trip even on a weekly basis."

The alternative was for Diana to stay in Great Falls, Monday through Friday for the seven week duration of treatment. But where? Diana was overwhelmed at the thought of hotel prices and housing availability. Overwhelmed and out of options, Diana reached out to those she trusted at the Great Falls Clinic. "I found that I had the very best people on my side at the Great Falls Clinic. I don't have the words that can express my gratitude for all their help," shared Diana. Diana contacted the Great Falls Clinic Cancer Care department and the team reached out to the Great Falls Clinic Legacy Foundation for help. The Foundation immediately stepped in and booked Diana and her daughter a place to stay at a local hotel within close proximity of Diana's medical providers; paying 100% of her lodging fees so she could focus on her treatment.

"I know I am not the only one in this situation. We live in a large state and many people are from rural areas far from the Clinic as in my case. Many are unable to drive back and forth for treatment due to distance and not feeling well."

"I firmly believe there is a great need for the Legacy Housing by the Great Falls Clinic to be able to house patients and their families. There is no greater support than family during stressful times. My family and I are eternally grateful to the wonderful people at the Great Falls Clinic for their invaluable assistance in housing and will be thankful when the Legacy House can be completed through the donations of caring people and organizations for this worth cause."
Check out upcoming events below!
Eat Wings - Raise Funds!
Where: Buffalo Wild Wings: 117 NW Bypass, Great Falls, MT
When: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 am

On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, Buffalo Wild Wings® will donate 20% of sales from all guests at your table when you present your coupon!

We will be giving away a $25 Buffalo Wild Wings ® giftcard to all who show up and enter the day of the fundraiser. Join us for your chance to win!
Review updates on our current capital campaign efforts to build our patient housing facility here!
Call for Leadership Cabinet Volunteers
We are looking to add members to our Leadership Cabinet to help us successfully finish the campaign and reach our goal. The Leadership Cabinet meets two times per month on the second and fourth Tuesday at noon. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in actively getting involved with the Building Hope Capital Campaign efforts and are familiar with fundraising and the community.

To learn more, please contact Samantha at 406-771-3107 or email samantha.shinaberger@gfclinic.com.
Paver Naming Opportunities Available
Create a Lasting Tribute

The Great Falls Clinic Legacy Foundation has different size pavers available within the future patient housing facility (as shown to the left).

Please help support the new project by honoring or memorializing a special loved one with a commemorative paver prominently displayed with a personal inscription within the facility.

Each paver is durable and engraved with your message. The cost is $1,000 for a 12" x 12" size (SOLD OUT), $750 for an 8" x 8" size and $500 for a 4" x 8" size paver. Pavers will be placed in visible locations and be of a material consistent with the decor and architecture of the new facility.

For more information or to reserve a paver, please call Samantha at 406-771-3107 or email samantha.shinaberger@gfclinic.com.

Or you can complete the paver form online at www.gfclegacy.org/donate .
Current Campaign Status Update
The Great Falls Clinic Legacy Foundation "Building Hope" Campaign surpassed the $1.71M mark and we are moving right along. Our capital campaign goal is $2.4M and we hope to break ground in 2019 on the proposed facility.

If you are interested in donating or volunteering for the Foundation, please call 406-771-3107, email samantha.shinaberger@gfclinic.com or click the button below.
February 2019 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:

  • Anonymous
  • Eide Bailly
  • Eric Borggard
  • Fuddruckers
  • Vicki and Ronald Newmiller
  • Timothy and Alisa Peterson
  • Alice Schultz
  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
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