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
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
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.
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.
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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