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
His Legacy Continues and Thrives
As we approach March 27, the anniversary of the passing of our founder, Jonathan Zierdt, the JZ Cancer Fund would like to acknowledge all who have supported us this past year, including our generous donors and volunteers. Jonathan’s important work in our community, his faith-filled, energetic personality and passion to make a difference, impacted and inspired so many lives. His legacy of living Fully Alive and changing the cancer journey continue and thrive today through the work of the JZ Cancer Fund. Thank you for helping us fulfill Jonathan’s vision and legacy.
Box Love Campaign
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.
We wish to thank all donors to our Box Love Campaign. We are especially grateful to our major gift donors and total donations of $5,000 or more will be recognized on a special Community of Caring Wall in the Mankato Area Foundation Building.
$75,000 - $99,999
Eric and Mindy Else
$25,000 - $49,999
Dan and Angie Bastian
Fred and Diane Lutz
Mankato Clinic Foundation
Mayo Clinic Health System Community Foundation
MN River Builders Association
David and Dawn Naples
Bryan and Tami Paulsen
Chad and Tara Surprenant Family
Jonathan and Ginger Zierdt
Greater Mankato Growth Board of Directors
David and Darcy Hermel
Dave and Jennifer Pfeffer
Michael and Donna Rstom
Jeff and Cindy Thom Foundation and All American Foods
Jeff and Katherine Weldon
Scott and Teresa Bergs
Bolton and Menk, Inc.
Dennis and Carole Dotson
Dr. Michael James
Lenore Else and Douglas Johnson
Wynn and Ginette Kearney
Dr. Greg and Maura Kutcher
Marvin and Davona Rhodes
Geoff and Rebecca Roise
Dan and Becky Sarff
Mary Jo Surprenant
Universal Sound Productions
Jay and Lisa Weir
Larry and Kathy Van Tol
Chuck Bailey and JO Guck Bailey
Consolidated Communications Community Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation
Rob and Rhonda Else
Fredrikson and Byron Foundation
Lupulin Brewing Company
Mankato Brewery, LLC
Mankato Independent Originals
US Bank Employees
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Mankato
KEYC TV – CBS/Fox Mankato
Navitor Inc., a Taylor Corporation Company
Profinium Bank – Fairmont
School Sisters of Notre Dame-Central Pacific Province
True Façade Pictures
United Prairie Bank - Mankato
Please join us in supporting those in our community who receive a cancer diagnosis by making a donation or pledge to the JZCF Box Love Campaign. To make a donation, please click on the link below.
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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
Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund partnering with Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont to benefit cancer patients in Fairmont and surrounding communities
FAIRMONT, Minn. – The Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund is expanding its reach to the Fairmont area, partnering with Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont to serve the area’s cancer patients well into the future. Read Full Release
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. Read Full Story
The Passing of Our Founder…
Mankato, MN (March 27, 2019) – The Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund (JZCF) is deeply saddened to announce our founder, and former CEO of Greater Mankato Growth, Jonathan Zierdt has passed away earlier today after a courageous, five-year battle with prostate cancer. All those involved with the JZCF mourn this tremendous loss.
“On behalf of our Executive Committee, Board of Advisors and Partners, we extend our heartfelt and deepest sympathies to Jonathan’s wife, Ginger and their family,” said Tami Paulsen, Director of the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund. “Jonathan’s important and meaningful work in this community, his faith-filled, energetic personality and passion to make a difference, have impacted so many lives. His legacy of living Fully Alive and changing the cancer journey will continue and thrive through the JZCF.”.....Read Full Release
Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund
Jonathan was diagnosed with kidney and prostate cancer in November, 2013. While his kidney cancer went into remission during the fall of 2014, the prostate cancer was a much stronger foe. Since its onset, Jonathan was in constant treatment including surgery, radiation and anti-hormone therapy, followed by additional radiation, chemotherap and ongoing anti-hormone therapy to treat metastatic prostate cancer beginning in 2016.
In May 2018 a new, relatively sizeable prostate cancer mass was identified in his former prostate bed. Unable to remove surgically or treat with radiation, the palliative option for treatment included new rounds of chemotherapy treatments from June through September 2018, followed by cryogenic surgery. After a five year courageous battle, fighting the cancer with all his might, Jonathan sadly lost that battle on March 27, 2019.
Throughout his journey Jonathan was bolstered by remaining actively engaged in the community and his work, hoping as he said to “change the face of cancer.” Having received so much support during their cancer journey, Jonathan and Ginger Zierdt established the JZ Cancer Fund in 2017 with a mission and vision to build community cancer awareness and support and to help change the cancer journey. The JZ Cancer Fund remains committed to fulfilling Jonathan’s vision and legacy.
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Larry Van Tol
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Mayo Clinic Health System
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American Cancer Society
Mankato Family YMCA
Greg Kutcher, MD
Mayo Clinic Health System
Angels for Breast Cancer
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