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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.

Image of Grant Bebee
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

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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.”

My History with Cancer by Peggy Gould

My name is Peggy Gould and I was diagnosed with cancer at 84 years old. This was not the first time I had been diagnosed with cancer, and I have successfully beaten cancer three times before. The first time I was diagnosed with cancer, 30 years ago, I was treated for breast cancer with surgery and chemotherapy in December 1991 and January 1992. The second diagnosis I had was in January 1998. I had two CAT scans and they found a spot in my right lung. A bronchial test was performed to try and get a biopsy of my lung, but they could not get one. My doctor decided because of my cancer history to do surgery to remove my right lower lobe of my right lung.

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Pictured: Peggy Gould

Most recently, I knew something was wrong early in the morning in late February 2021. I went to the ER in my hometown of Havre for some pain that I thought was related to a blood clot. After running some tests and a CT scan, I learned I had cancer for the third time. They had found a mass in my left lung. I had been treated successfully at the Great Falls Clinic before, and so decided to seek treatment there again.

When I received my most recent diagnosis, it was a shock after so many years of no cancer. I was diagnosed again with lung cancer. Fortunately, I had no symptoms, but I knew I still needed to seek treatment for this diagnosis. I will be receiving chemotherapy for approximately five weeks and radiation for approximately seven weeks, although that is subject to change. I was lucky, I had people who could drive me from Havre to Great Falls for my treatment. My family drives me so I can try and recover at home. Even though I am not using the housing opportunity available to me, I know it will benefit those who aren’t as fortunate and need to drive themselves.

The staff of the Great Falls Clinic Oncology department has been a huge blessing for me and my family. They are compassionate and uplifting and explain things thoroughly. When scheduling my appointments, they are very flexible and accommodating as they know we come from Havre. I know the facility will help people like me who have to travel for healthcare. If the weather was bad for traveling, it would be nice to know I had a place to stay close to my treatments even if only for a night. 

Acts of Kindness

Last month we asked you to share random acts of kindness that have happened to you. Thank you to everyone who responded, here are some of our top answers:

Debbie Martinez shared about her coworker Amanda Cunningham who brightened her day after losing her beloved pet. “My dog Milo passed away a few days ago and I was feeling down. My coworkers knew, and when I came back to my desk one day I found a cute bouquet left to me. I found out that it was from Amanda later on. It meant so much to me that she would go the extra step to make my day better!” Debbie also shared a story about a company in town who donated to a patient at the GFC. “We had a patient that could not get crutches, and while Clarks Orthopedics could not get the crutches through insurance, they were able to get a used set donated to the patient.”

Brittney Ippel shared about a coworker who brightened her day. “She knew I was having a long day, so she brought me a cookie!”

Audrey Phillips shared about her first birthday at the Legacy Foundation. “I was less than a month into working at the Legacy Foundation when it was my birthday. I wasn’t expecting much, but I absolutely thrilled when I came in and my coworkers gave me flowers and a card. It meant so much to me.”

Samantha shared a random act of kindness she experienced,”One day, I ran out of money on my cafeteria card and Sydney Norby was behind me in line and paid for my lunch. It was such a generous act of kindness. I assured her I was on my way to get my card to buy a new one and that it was no big deal, but she insisted on treating me. It was so kind. Thank you Sydney!”

Kari Smith told us about how her neighbors go the extra mile. “When my family first moved into our house here in Great Falls, back at the beginning of October, everyone in our neighborhood made time to come introduce themselves to us. They brought heartwarming gifts such as baked good and flowers picked from their own flower beds. The kind heartedness didn’t stop there. Since we have moved here our neighbors will put our trash can out on the street on garbage day and even shovel our driveway/sidewalks when it snows.”