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Nurse earns national award for helping others deal with cancer's nonmedical challenges

Published 09/16/2008, Grand Forks Herald

When her father’s cancer was diagnosed in 1996, Brenda Jo Gillund knew that he was in for a difficult and challenging time. A nurse, she knew her father’s treatment could involve chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. It did. And it involved something more, something that caused her to examine the nonmedical circumstances of cancer patients and how those might affect their chances for recovery. And with her late father clearly in mind, she did something about it, working with a friend to raise $200,000 and establish the Filling the Gap program at Altru Cancer Center in Grand Forks, which helps with transportation, housing and other expenses that might otherwise keep patients from necessary treatment.

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