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Donor of the Month: Sara Murphy

Meet our June donor of the month, Sara Murphy! Sara lives in Great Falls with her husband Tracy. She first heard about the Great Falls Clinic Legacy Foundation while working at her job at the Great Falls Clinic as a DEXTA Tech. She first started donating via payroll deduction, and loved the simplicity of it. She started donating in March 2020, and has continued supporting the Foundation since!

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Image of Sara and Tracy Murphy

While Sara hasn’t been able to attend a fundraiser yet, she is hosting a virtual event for the Foundation from June 21st through the 28th. She is hosting a Pampered Chef fundraiser that will support the furnishing of the communal kitchen in the Harold & Carmen Poulsen Legacy Housing facility.

When asked what she enjoys the most about the Legacy Foundation, Sara answered, “I enjoy watching the construction, seeing the building take shape and knowing how it will impact so many!” Sara also shared a little about why she donates, “Everyone needs to feel helped when they are going through any type of medical experience. I have lived with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia for six years, nothing can make this more personal. I am a proud employee of the Great Falls Clinic and love the support we offer our patients.” 

Healthy Again – by Marianne Burleigh

My name is Marianne Burleigh. My hometown is Lewistown, MT. In 2020, I was received a medical diagnosis that necessitated my stay in Great Falls for 17 days. Great Falls is an hour and a half away from my hometown, and I knew I would not be able to drive back and forth every day. I had to go to the Clinic once a day for 17 days, but my treatment was only on the weekdays, which meant I ended up staying in Great Falls for over three weeks considering that extra time added for the weekend.

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Because the Foundation did not have its own housing facility at that time, I stayed at the Great Falls Inn. Unfortunately, I was only allowed to stay during the week, and had to find my own housing during the weekend. I was able to stay with a friend, but would have preferred only staying in one place for my treatment. With the new facility, I know that is something I will be able to do.

When I first received my diagnosis, I was distressed. I did not know what the next steps would be, and felt so alone. Fortunately, I heard through Tina Rabbitt, the social worker at the Great Falls Clinic Cancer Center, about the Legacy Foundation, and it was good to know that I had an affordable option available to me, and that my housing would be secure for the duration of my treatment. The staff at the Great Falls Inn and the nurses in Oncology were very nice to me. Now I am healthy again.

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!

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Grant Bebee

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.

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.”

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Beth Duke

“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.”

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.

Jen Taylor with husband Kevin Taylor
Jen Taylor with husband Kevin Taylor

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.  

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.

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Grant Bebee

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.

Mother’s Day Flowers

Mother’s Day is this Sunday! We have some special bouquets for all of the important moms in your life. Below are our special Mother’s Day flower arrangements.

Pre-order flowers by Wednesday, May 5 to be picked up either Thursday or Friday this week at the Great Falls Clinic Hospital.

If you are interested in purchasing flowers, order at our online boutique here!

May Day Flowers

We have May Day baskets available! Please email or call Audrey Phillips at audrey.phillips@GFClinic.com or (406) 216-8057 to purchase some for pick up at the GFC Hospital!

Small baskets are available at $15, medium baskets are $20 and large baskets are $22!

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Volunteer Week!

This week is Volunteer Appreciation week! This is a perfect opportunity to share about two of our Volunteers, Bernie and Sandy Power! They have been volunteering for the last three years as Hospital greeters and help patients navigate the Great Falls Clinic.

We appreciate all of our volunteers!

If you are interested in volunteering at the Great Falls Clinic Legacy Foundation, please contact Audrey Phillips at (406) 216-8057 or email her at audrey.phillips.com

image of Bernie and Sandy Power
Pictured: Bernie and Sandy Power

Donor of the Month: Jill Tanner!

Jill Tanner is a pharmacist at the Great Falls Clinic Cancer Center. She first heard about the Legacy Foundation from her job, and started donating in 2017. When asked what Jill enjoys the most about donating to the Foundation, she answered, “[I love] seeing the progress of raising the funds and the building itself. I appreciate the dedication of all the people and the organizations who have worked to make the building happen.”

Image of Jill Tanner with her husband James
Pictured: Jill Tanner with her husband James

Jill said her favorite fundraiser that the Legacy Foundation has done is the #GivingTuesday fundraiser from 2020 where the Foundation would send flowers and a card to a person of the donor’s choosing. “[The #GivingTuesday fundraiser was good] because it not only benefitted the building but it also made my friend’s day.”

When asked what inspired her to start donating, Jill replied, “Our patients of course. We ought to love one another and it’s a small thing to bear some of their burden. They are in the fight of their life and having a place to stay during their treatments will ease the worry of traveling long hours on potentially terrible roads and will spare them the expense of a hotel. Being so close to their doctor will be a great convenience if they need extra medical support. Another benefit will be the encouraging fellowship with other patients who will stay in the facility with them. I like getting to be part of something that will really benefit people who are suffering.”

“Working in the cancer center, you see the suffering of patients and their families in their battle against cancer. They feel terrible, they are scared, and far from home and family.” Jill shared, “Their lives are turned upside and all I want to do is help. When our daughter was born she was in the hospital for ten days. We lived two hours away and had the opportunity to stay in a similar facility close to the hospital. It was a great blessing.”

“I would ask people who have never contributed to consider donating. If they had cancer and lived hours away, wouldn’t it bless their heart to stay in a place close to their doctor at no charge? It is a privilege to contribute to something that will make a difference to many, many people. ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Mark 12:31.”

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