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Jon Benson, Published October 21 2011

Letter: A great effort by young women

I want to recognize some extraordinary young women in our community.

The Varsity and JV volleyball teams for West Fargo and Shanley held their third annual Dig the Cure fundraiser with the proceeds of these efforts going to the Essentia Cancer Center. These young women worked extremely hard and had a great deal of pride and excitement in this event. Through personal family experiences and research, the women took ownership of the event and requested their fundraising efforts go toward the immediate needs of breast cancer patients going through treatment.

With this being their most successful event to date and working in partnership with Dakota Medical Foundation and Essentia Health Regional Foundation they are impacting patients’ lives. We are so proud of their efforts and I want to lift them up as a shining example of all that is good and possible in this world. Much has been said about the younger generation, but if these wonderful young women are any example of what is to come, the world will be a better place.


Benson is vice president and executive director, Essentia Health Regional Foundation.