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Vernon Wangen and Mare Miller, Fargo, Published January 09 2013

Letter: Just see what a dollar will buy

Last year a friend of mine, who is a nurse in the Pediatric Oncology Department at Roger Maris Cancer Center, told me about a girl who wanted a Nook e-reader for Christmas as her last wish. A group of friends and I donated enough money to get her that Nook and some other items for the game room at Roger Maris.

This year we wanted to help more of those kids, so we had a fundraiser at work to sell NFL team helmets for $1 each to raise more money for the game room. After much success, exceeding our goal and filling the game room, that same nurse came to us with another final request from a patient.

She has cancer and is going through her third round of treatment, and to make it worse, her father was also diagnosed with cancer. Her doctor asked her what she wanted for Christmas, and her request was a new cellphone. The phone she had was in bad shape and she wasn’t due for an upgrade until later in 2013. Once again, we put out a plea to our friends for help and oh they did! They posted on Facebook our need of a used phone or even just their upgrade, texted friends and family and talked to anyone that would listen. We couldn’t let this fail. We finally found our angel, she gave us her upgrade and we were able to pay for a new iPhone 5 with accessories! We even have money to spare for the game room. The doctor and nurses were thankful and the patient was overwhelmed.

You ask, What can a dollar buy? It can buy hope and the spirit to fight this disease we call cancer.