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Cares for Cancer is now giving away $500 grants

Q & A with Jaime Krump

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Cares for Cancer is now  giving away $500 grants

Cares for Cancer Co-chairman Jaime Krump and Tara Steffens prepare to head out on their annual bike run that features motorcycles and classic cars.

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.

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Karen Speidel is the News-Monitor Media Managing Editor

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