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JONATHAN ZIERDT CANCER FUND ANNOUNCES BOX LOVE CAMPAIGN
The Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund (JZCF), a donor advised fund of the Mankato Area Foundation is pleased to announce the Box Love Campaign. In January 2018, the JZCF launched our signature program—the JZ Caring Box. The JZ Caring Box is designed for patients diagnosed with cancer and contains items to provide support and comfort as well as access to information and resources for patients, their families and caregivers. In anticipation of the need for 1,000+ Caring Boxes each year, the JZCF has launched a major fundraising campaign called Box Love with a goal of raising $1,000,000.
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.
Mankato Brewery Promotes Cancer Awareness with New Beer
KEYC, Mankato, MN (October 8, 2018) – Mankato Brewery has something new on tap this November. In a collaboration with Lupulin Brewing Company in Big Lake, Minn., they've created Hero Hazy IPA: a fruity, floral double IPA with notes of grapefruit and pineapple, wrapped in the brewery's signature comic book-themed packaging. The superhero? Greater Mankato Growth president Jonathan Zierdt.
#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.
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.
Special care box delivery: Cancer fund drops off first packages
Mankato Free Press, Mankato, MN (January 4, 2018) – Mankato hospitals and clinics will now begin distributing Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund caring boxes to patients diagnosed with the disease. The fund, founded in early 2017, was established in part to provide support and comfort to the newly diagnosed. The boxes — stuffed with a blanket, cookbook, journal, gift card and informational pamphlets — were the most direct way they hoped to do so.
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.
#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.
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.