The Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund, a donor advised fund of the Mankato Area Foundation, was established in 2017 by Jonathan and Ginger Zierdt and a guiding coalition of engaged community leaders to build community cancer awareness and support.
Mission: Committed to Community Cancer Awareness and Support
Vision: Changing the Cancer Journey
An update from Jonathan on His Journey
Time for the Next Chapter…
January 8, 2019
Over the past five years, I have undergone almost every conventional treatment for prostate cancer [surgery to remove prostate, 3+ years of anti-hormone therapy, 38 rounds of radiation, SBRT radiation, 2 separate series of chemotherapy, and now Abiraterone Acetate (Zytiga) along with cryotherapy surgery in two days]…and the prostate cancer has never went to remission. With an aggressive and treatment-resistant form of prostate cancer now being treated palliatively, our medical team has recommended my entire case file be reviewed by an oncology research team at a tertiary site to identify any “fringe”/experimental treatment options available to me.
No question, as much as I’ve worked to maintain my physical strength and stamina, the treatments have had a cascading impact on me physically; with a multitude of side-effects now becoming permanent conditions with which I must cope. This requires me to focus substantial energy on navigating the progressing state of my prostate cancer......Read Full Letter
JONATHAN ZIERDT CANCER FUND NAMED RAW FUSION BENEFICIARY
The MN River Builders Association announced this week the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund is their 2019 Raw Fusion Beneficiary. The Raw Fusion Committee met with Jonathan Zierdt at his Greater Mankato Growth offices Monday morning. “The MRBA prides itself on our sense of community and Jonathan Zierdt is the epitome of Mankato,” said Jamie Sorensen, Raw Fusion Chair and MRBA Board Member. “We want to accelerate the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund’s efforts to bring comfort and support to those diagnosed with cancer. Our decision to partner with the JZ Cancer Fund comes at a pivotal time for Jonathan as he embarks on a new journey outside of GMG.”
THE REALITY OF CANCER
Cancer continues to be a leading cause of death in Minnesota and across the country. This is personal—it’s about friends, neighbors and family in Minnesota.
One out of two Minnesotans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
Every day, more than three of our friends, neighbors or family members are diagnosed with cancer in south central Minnesota.
Every day, more than one of our friends, neighbors or family members in south central Minnesota die from cancer.
Early detection makes all the difference—survival rates in most cases are significantly higher.
YOUR INVESTMENT WILL CHANGE THE CANCER JOURNEY
The Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund is committed to community cancer awareness and support. Here are just a few possible examples of how your investment will help change the cancer journey:
JZ Caring Box: The JZ Caring Box program donates specially designed care packages to our medical provider partners for distribution to patients diagnosed with cancer. Each JZ Caring Box contains items to provide support and comfort, and access to information and resources, to cancer patients, their families and caregivers.
Information and Resources: The Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund partners and collaborates with multiple organizations that provide
important information, resources, and services to area cancer patients, their families and caregivers. Learn More
In the News
Mayo Clinic Health System Donates $6,500 to JZ Cancer Fund
KEYC, Mankato, MN (December 11, 2018) – Mayo Clinic Health System has donated $6,500 to the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund. The gift will be used to fund the JZ Caring Box, which provides a specially designed care package for cancer patients, their families and caregivers. Each JZ Caring Box contains items to provide support and comfort, and access to information and resources. Since January, Mayo Clinic Health System has distributed nearly 800 Caring Boxes to area patients.
Cancer fund receives $30,000 grant
Mankato Free Press, Mankato, MN (November 13, 2018) – The Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund received a $30,000 boost from the Mankato Clinic Foundation Tuesday. The grant, to be paid over five years, will support the fund's JZ Caring Box program and general operations. Newly diagnosed patients receive the boxes, which include various items to support and comfort them and information on resources for cancer patients.
Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund
Jonathan was diagnosed with kidney and prostate cancer in November, 2013. While his kidney cancer has been in remission since the fall of 2014, the prostate cancer has been a much stronger foe. Since its onset, he has been in constant treatment including surgery, radiation and anti-hormone therapy, followed by additional radiation, chemotherapy, and ongoing anti-hormone therapy to treat metastatic prostate cancer in 2016.
However, in May 2018 a new, relatively sizeable prostate cancer mass has been identified in his former prostate bed. Unable to remove surgically or treat with radiation, the palliative option for treatment includes new rounds of chemotherapy treatments from June through September 2018, potentially followed by cryogenic surgery. (to learn more visit Jonathan’s CaringBridge site)
Throughout his journey Jonathan has been bolstered by remaining actively engaged in the community and his work, hoping as he says to “change the face of cancer.” Having received so much support during their cancer journey, this fund allows the greater community to engage with them in the fight against cancer.
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