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Donor of the Month: Robyne Phillips!

Meet our December donor of the month, Robyne Phillips! Robyne is currently living in Great Falls, Montana, and first moved to the area with her late husband, Bill, in 1983. Bill was in the Air Force when he met Robyne in 1972, and married a year later. Robyne now runs her own business online called the Skeldale House.

Robyne shared that she had first heard about the Great Falls Clinic after her and her husband were relocated from Australia to Great Falls in 1983. “They have been the best to us,” shared Robyne. She later chose the Great Falls Legacy Foundation to be the beneficiary of her will.

Image of Robyne Phillips and Kit Robinson
Robyne with Kit Robinson, Head of respiratory Therapy

In December of 2020, Robyne donated $16,000 to help the Great Falls Clinic Hospital purchase a new ventilator to help fight COVID-19. When asked what had inspired this generous donation, Robyne said, “COVID-19 got to me. [I enjoy] being able to help. I am passionate about the Clinic and the service they gave to [my husband and I] over the years.”

Image of Robyne Phillips
Robyne Phillips

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you so much Robyne!

#GivingTuesday Update

We are pleased to announce that through our #GivingTuesday efforts, the Legacy Foundation sold over 52 bouquets and raised a total of $6,000 with our generous matching partnership with First Interstate Bank!

This year, if a donor gave $50 or more to the Legacy Foundation for #GivingTuesday, the Foundation would hand deliver a flower arrangement from My Viola with a personalized card that the donor would dictate to a recipient of their choice. Along with this, both the donor and recipient would be acknowledged in the Foundation’s Annual Report the following year.

#GivingTuesday is an international day of giving. First Interstate Bank and My Viola partnered with us to bring a special and unique #GivingTuesday experience this year. First Interstate Bank pledged a matching gift up to $2,500 and My Viola matched all flower arrangement costs.

Thank you to all of the donors who participated. We look forward to our next 2021 #GivingTuesday event!

GFC Legacy Foundation #GivingTuesday Flyer
#GivingTuesday Flyer

Thank you to everyone who participated!

  • Brian Allison in honor of Kathrine Many Hides
  • Reed Bassett in honor of Carissa Bassett
  • Mike Bates in honor of Kelley Aline
  • Susan Cox in honor of Gina McArthur
  • Mary Beth Duke in honor of Sheila Yuhas
  • Arliss Engstrom in honor of Lisa Henneford
  • Arliss Engstrom in honor of Alison Town
  • Ian Farnes in honor of Marlena Azure
  • Krista Fuhringer in honor of Kelly McDermott
  • Brad and Alison Gaug in honor of Highgate Senior Living Residents
  • Dr. Karl Guter in honor of Dr. Colleen Marron
  • Paul Hanson in honor of Highgate Senior Living – Great Falls
  • Katie Hix in honor of Tara Haman
  • Angela Hobbs in honor of Bonnie Weeks
  • Leisa Hotaling in honor of Betty Hotaling
  • Dave Jerdon in honor of Beth Jerdon
  • Zale Kaupish in honor of Samantha Shinaberger
  • Dr. David Kluge in honor of Brehanne Kluge
  • Todd LePard in honor of Heidi LePard
  • Debbie Martinez in honor of Louise Winn
  • Sean Murray in honor of Amanda Murray
  • Ron Newmiller in honor of Vicki Newmiller
  • Sean Pahut in honor of Rachel Pahut
  • Timothy Peterson in honor of Alisa Peterson
  • Tim Peterson in honor of Karen Knaup
  • Tim Peterson in honor of Sandi Beattie
  • Robyne Phillips in honor of Inpatient Nurses
  • Jackson Phillips in honor of Audrey Phillips
  • Dr. Gregg Pike in honor of Dr. Malinda Pike
  • Dom Puckett in honor of Kendra Puckett
  • Tina Rabbitt in honor of Sheila Yuhas
  • Eric Ray in honor of Connie Ann Ray
  • Scott Reasoner in honor of Allison Tangen
  • Dr. Dustin Riddle in honor of Highgate Senior Living Residents
  • Sandy Robinson in honor of Highgate Senior Living Residents
  • Ed Schoenen in honor of Beth Schoenen
  • Greg & Deb Schwandt in honor of Immediate Care Team
  • Kimberly Schwartz in honor of Bonnie Schwartz
  • Mark Seal in honor of Alexandria Vogel
  • Samantha Shinaberger in honor of Haley Denzer
  • Kari Smith in honor of Sandy Baranko
  • Jill Tanner in honor of Terri Williams
  • Wyman Taylor in memory of Jack Lewis
  • Ed Venetz in honor of Betty Funyak
  • Ed Venetz in honor of GFC Infusion Center
  • Ed Venetz in honor of Vicki Newmiller
  • Ed Venetz in honor of Pia Schermele
  • Ed Venetz in honor of Samantha Shinaberger
  • Miriam Walter in honor of Kay Walters
  • Thomas Warr in honor of Patsy Kirkhart
  • Michael and Susan Weiser in honor of Inpatient Nurses
  • Jodell Winter in honor of Adrienne Gue

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.

Photograph of Gayle Mauler
Gayle Mauler

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!

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. 

Photograph of Janice Haemig
Janice Haemig

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!

#GivingTuesday

#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.

Picture of Flower bouquet exampel

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.

Donations must be received on or before December 1, 2020 to qualify.

To participate in this fun event and join the cause, CLICK HERE!

For more information, please call (406) 216-8057 or email Audrey Phillips at audrey.phillips@gfclinic.com

My Fight with Breast Cancer by Sharmon Moxley

Earlier this year I received life-changing, scary news that I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Being from Chinook, Montana, a rural town on the Hi-Line, I am over two hours away from where I would be receiving my cancer treatment. The stress of fighting cancer alone is enormous, but the added complications of travel and lodging took my diagnosis to a new level.

Sharmon Moxley

I started radiation on September 1st, 2020 and that was when I heard about the Legacy Foundation, and how they could help patients like me with long commutes. I knew that I wouldn’t have to worry about the cost of housing while receiving treatment, because the Legacy Foundation would be providing a hotel for me since their housing facility is still in progress.

However, staying in a hotel room isn’t perfect. I would have liked to stay at a place where I could have cooked my food and had room to spread out to do my office work. In the Legacy Foundation’s future facility, this will not be a problem for patients. Every room will have their own kitchenette, as well as a communal kitchen and food pantry. There will also be plenty of room to spread out to get work done.

That is why I fully support the future Harold & Carmen Poulsen Legacy Housing facility. Please consider giving to this important project.

Donor of the Month – Amanda Murray!

Amanda Murray works as a Wound Care Nurse Practitioner at the Great Falls Clinic. She has been with the Clinic for six years. She was attracted to the Clinic by its family-like atmosphere, the providers and she was impressed with the quality of care that the patients received.

Amanda Murray

Amanda first heard about the Legacy Foundation through the Executive Director, Samantha Shinaberger. “About three to four years ago, I asked Sam what we were raising money for, and how the Legacy Foundation was founded. I started donating about two years ago.” Amanda now donates via the simple employee payroll deduction method.

Her personal beliefs were what led her to donate to the Legacy Foundation, “I am an advocate for patients and I strongly believe they need more than just healthcare in terms of medication to treat their illness. I believe healthcare should be caring for an individual as a whole: mind, body and spirit. Patients who are undergoing cancer treatment need to be relieved of the burden of travel. It can be a stressor that impacts their ability to heal.

When asking Amanda about a personal experience that ties her to our mission, she shared a very personal journey, “Two years ago I took care of my mom who had a terminal illness. It was trying and there were many aspects that made it tough day-to-day. Fortunately, we didn’t stress about a place for her to stay. I honestly can’t imagine if we had one more thing to add to our heavy burden at that time.”

“Being able to give to the Legacy Foundation allows members of the Great Falls Clinic and the community feel like they are part of something that will be meaningful to patients for many years to come. It feels awesome to give and be a part of something greater than yourself. It’s the best feeling in the world and the reason people work in healthcare.” Amanda said, “If you feel like you are part of the reason someone doesn’t have to stress about money on top of being sick, well that’s something to be passionate about.”

From all of us at the Great Falls Clinic Legacy Foundation, thank you Amanda for your generosity and continued support!