Team Up Montana

I'm no stranger to the impact caused by cancer. In June of 2005 my father, Johannes, was diagnosed with renal cancer. My Mom, Ina, and I accompanied Dad to all his treatments. Despite our fight and continued hope for a cure, Dad passed away in January 2006. This was an extremely difficult time for my family. 
In February of 2011 during a routine annual check-up, it was discovered that I had cancer as well. Reeling with disbelief and denial, I thought this can't be happening to me. My family just went through this. Why me? Why now? Cancer isn't prejudiced - it could happen to anybody. 
When you are diagnosed with cancer it pulls the rug out from under you. You are afraid you're going to die, afraid of having chemo pumped into your system, afraid it will spread. Then there is the realization that this will be expensive. Even though I knew that I couldn't afford the treatments, I had no choice if I wanted to live. Many others that I met during treatments had to make the same choice. 
Knowing there is help through the St. Patrick Hospital Foundation's Team Up Montana program, helped to ease my financial and emotional stress. When you are able to get help, it takes a load off your shoulders and you are so grateful that people care enough to help. It really is overwhelming to me -they, the people who donated to Team Up Montana, helped to save my life, and they don't even know me! 
My hope is to help others who are fighting this battle and to raise awareness about Team Up Montana and the financial assistance that is available through the generosity of donors like you. 
To quote my Mom, Ina, "People who are suffering from cancer who have obvious financial problems are very grateful to Team Up Montana- it's a blessing." 
Join me and all the others who have been helped by this program and join the team! Support Team Up Montana in the daunting fight against cancer by making a donation today. You can make a difference. This I know for a fact! 
Marret Christiansen

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