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#growMANkato Going Strong to Promote Awareness of “Men’s Cancers”

Mankato, MN (October 12, 2018) – Once again, #growMANkato, a grassroots effort to raise individual and community awareness of men’s health, with a focus on prostate & testicular cancer (the men’s cancers) will be going strong this November. The efforts started in 2014 with conversation between two local men, testicular cancer survivor, Chris Harstad and prostate and kidney cancer survivor, Jonathan Zierdt.

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Care for Cancer

KEYC, Mankato, MN (January 4, 2018) – Comfort boxes, an idea put together by Jonathan Zierdt, are now in place at the Andreas Cancer Center at MCHS Mankato. A box, a blanket, journal and pen, and a cookbook, and a message from the community around them. It's tough to receive a cancer diagnosis. This the area's way of letting the person getting it know they're not alone.

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JZ Cancer Fund Unveils New Program

KEYC ,Mankato, MN (November 11, 2017) – 8 months ago, the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund was created to help those in their battle. Saturday, they unveiled a new program to continue that mission. A caring box containing brochures, journals and blankets have been created, to be given to more than 1,000 cancer patients across southern Minnesota annually. The Open Door clinic, Mankato clinic and Mayo health system will be the three primary distributors, giving these items of encouragement out.

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#growMANkato Going Strong to Promote Awareness of “Men’s Cancers” In November and all year long

Mankato, MN (October 10, 2017) – Once again, #growMANkato, a grassroots effort to raise individual and community awareness of men’s health, with a focus on prostate & testicular cancer (the men’s cancers) will be going strong this November. The efforts started in 2014 with conversation between two local men, testicular cancer survivor, Chris Harstad and prostate and kidney cancer survivor, Jonathan Zierdt.

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Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund Launches in Mankato

KEYC, Mankato, MINN (March 27, 2017) – Jonathan Zierdt is an active member of the community and, as a cancer survivor, he's doing even more to help others with their cancer journey. He's now launched the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund with his wife, Ginger, at his side. Three and a half years ago, Jonathan Zierdt was diagnosed with kidney cancer and prostate cancer. His kidney cancer is now in remission, but the prostate cancer is a bit harder to fight off. Jonathan's story is not uncommon. One out of two Minnesotans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and more than 1,200 in south central Minnesota every single year.

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