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Brainerd Lakes Pay It Forward for Cancer Fund

The Brainerd Lakes Pay It Forward for Cancer Fund is available to ease the burden of daily living expenses for those who have a diagnosis of cancer and are receiving treatment. A local cancer survivor established this fund in an effort to give back to those who supported his family during treatment. The hope is that when the cancer survivor recovers, they would in turn pay it forward by volunteering their time, talent or treasure to someone else in need. Funds are used to directly support cancer patients' non-medical needs through a one-time financial assistance that may take the form of a mortgage payment, childcare expense, gas cards, grocery cards, etc.

To apply for a gift from the Brainerd Lakes Pay It Forward for Cancer Fund, please contact the SJMC Cancer Center at 218-828-3113. Recipients must currently be in treatment for cancer and must live in the Brainerd Lakes area.

The dollar limit for a Pay It Forward gift is $500.

Download the Pay It Forward Application:

Download Application 

A small portion (5%) of the fund is dedicated to education for cancer prevention and early detection for the Brainerd Lakes Area community. All donations are tax deductible and can be made online at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Foundation Donation | Brainerd, MN, or by check payable to St. Joseph’s Foundation-Brainerd Lakes Pay It Forward for Cancer Fund.


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