Fargo’s Busy Nonprofits

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Group 

The Fargo-Moorhead Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Group will host the fifth annual Pancreatic Cancer Vigil and Walk on Thursday, Nov. 15. The event is open to the public and will start at First Lutheran Church in Fargo.

Attendees are encouraged to wear purple, the color of pancreatic cancer awareness.

The event will also host a silent auction, and donations will be accepted. All funds raised will go to the Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center and gas cards for pancreatic cancer patients.

The event will start at 6:30 p.m. with a program honoring victims of pancreatic cancer. Volunteers will hand out purple glow sticks to light the walk.

The walk will follow along Broadway and will end at the Hotel Donaldson, which will be lit up in purple in commemoration of people affected by the disease.

The American Cancer Society reports that 55,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 44,000 will die from the disease. One in 63 women and 1 in 65 men will get diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Thrivent Member Network, Northland Regional and Samaritan’s Feet

“Shoes for Hope” took place Saturday, Sept. 15 with the goal of providing up to 1,000 children with shoes and socks. The Thrivent Member Network, Northland Regional and Samaritan’s Feet organized the event.

The event started with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Bethel Church and ended at the Ed Clapp Elementary School where children in kindergarten through fifth grade were be able to receive shoes from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

According to the Kicks 4 the City, 46 percent of homeless people do not have access to adequate footwear.

Down Home

In Moorhead, the nonprofit Down Home hosted its first fundraiser named the “Hoedown” on Thursday, Sept. 13. Down Home is focused on transitioning people out of homelessness.

Down Home’s mission statement reads: “Everyone deserves to go home to blankets and couches and pillows and mattresses that provide comfort, and they shouldn’t have to choose between paying rent or providing those comforts.”

The “Hoedown” took place between 5:30-9:30 p.m. and included country cooking, craft beer, auctions, yard games and other activities.

Admission was $50 per person, and table sponsoring ranged from $500 to $900.

According to their website, “Down Home gathers all the necessary items to transform an empty space into a home to embrace, well suited for family security, comfort, and time together.”

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