Cares for Cancer organized 13 years ago in the wake of Relay for Life, which supports cancer research. Wanting to help people locally who are suffering from a serious illness, Jaime Krump and Tara Steffens organized the group Cares for Cancer. Their big event throughout the year is a fundraising banquet held in March, but this group is active throughout the year.
Question: How did you get involved in this service organization?
Answer: Tara and I helped on the Relay for Life event one year and wanted to raise money a different way to keep the money more local to benefit our community and the surrounding communities
Question: What’s the most difficult challenge of your role?
Answer: Trying to figure out different ideas or different ways to raise money.
Question: How is serving on Cares for Cancer rewarding?
Answer: It is such a rewarding organization to be on. It’s a wonderful feeling to help people during difficult times. It’s also rewarding to work with a great committee who has the same passion as you do.
Question: What is your organization’s greatest achievement in the last year?
Answer: I think each and every year Cares for Cancer’s greatest achievement is our large benefit we hold in March, but in the last year we started a new fundraiser in November. It was our Wine and Beer night. It was a great success and a lot of fun. Every one enjoyed themselves, so we will be doing it again this year.
Question: What major plans does Cares for Cancer have for the upcoming year?
Answer: We just had our annual bike run a couple of weeks ago. Nov. 2 is our second annual Beer and Wine tasting, this is such a neat event. Then of course our huge benefit we hold each year in March. That will be March 28, 2020. We keep ourselves busy.
Question: What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about doing what you do?
Answer: Do it. Become active in your community. It is very rewarding.
Question: What is the best thing about doing this work?
Answer: Hearing from the people you have helped.
Question: Tell us something about Cares for Cancer that people will find surprising?
Answer: Our committee has 30 seats on it. One great thing is we have always had interest from high school students to be part of the organization. Not a lot of organizations have young adults who want to be involved. We love it.
Question: Why is this important?
Answer: I think it’s important to be able to help people defray their medical expenses. From many years of successful donations and events we are now able to award $500/90 days where before it was $350. Also I think our large donation to CHI Hospice through the years is instrumental to them.
Question: Does this feel like work?
Answer: This isn’t work …well it is, but 13 years since the start of Cares for Cancer we have everything down now so our events run seamlessly.