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Howard High School Students to Kick Off ‘Tigers Step Up 2 Cancer’ in October

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(HOWARD, SD) – Howard High School students are joining together this October to raise funds and awareness for their second annual “Tigers Step Up 2 Cancer” campaign. Throughout the entire month, students will be leading fundraising efforts with the Horizon Health Foundation to benefit Miner County residents undergoing cancer treatment and to help with related expenses.

Beginning on Friday, September 14th (HHS Homecoming) through the end of October, “Tigers Step Up 2 Cancer” t-shirts will once again be available for $10.00 at all home sporting events. The shirts will feature a new design and are white this year. The shirts will also be available for purchase at the Horizon Health Foundation (former coffee shop) and Whispering Winds. The shirts are sponsored by a number of area businesses to ensure that all of the proceeds go directly towards this campaign.

Once again this year, all proceeds from this campaign will be matched by Rivers Edge Bank, Member FDIC.  For each donation received, Rivers Edge Bank will be matching the gifts during the month, up to a total of $2,500 – which means double the impact for Miner County. In 2017, students exceeded their goal and raised $3071.75, which was matched by Rivers Edge Bank for a total of $6,143 donated to the Horizon Health Foundation’s Miner County Cancer Care fund.

“Rivers Edge Bank is very excited to see the Howard School District students collaborating and getting involved in our community again this year,” said Justin Palmquist, Vice President and Ag Loan Officer at Rivers Edge Bank, Member FDIC. “TSU2C is an excellent opportunity for the students to get out into the community and participate with community members. It is great to see the students recognizing they can make a difference and it is worth their time and effort to do something for someone else. Rivers Edge Bank knows these donations can make a big difference for people affected by cancer in our community. We are happy to make this commitment to help support our customers and community.”

All of the money raised from the Tigers’ campaign will again be directed to the Horizon Health Foundation. Horizon Health Care cares for patients in Miner County affected by cancer and will work with the Foundation following the event to disburse funds accordingly. The money raised in 2017 was used to pay for: one individual colonoscopy, twenty $100 grocery store gift certificates, and twenty $50 gas cards.

“By only one effort throughout the month of October, it united the entire student body in relieving and defraying medical costs for those suffering from cancer within our community,” said Anna Schwader, Howard Student Council President. “Because this was such a success, we took on this challenge for the second year now, and look forward to what new ideas come about. I feel that community, especially one as local and small as Miner County, is the essential part of giving back and making a different for the future lives of others.”

The Howard students would like to recognize and thank the following sponsors for their generous support to date: Whispering Winds, Corner Pantry, Good Samaritan Society, Howard Cold Storage, Howard Physical Therapy, Rusty’s Food Store, Max Schwader Farms, GF Advertising, and Rivers Edge Bank, Member FDIC (matching gift).

The Horizon Health Foundation was formed to pursue the mission of inspiring and empowering patients by providing funding for accessible and affordable health care now and into the future. For more information or to make a contribution to the “Tigers Step Up 2 Cancer” campaign and have it matched dollar for dollar, please visit http://www.horizonhealthfounda... or call 605.772.5907.

About Horizon Health Care, Inc.

For 40 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 32 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.