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From the Valley Press, Plains Montana, September 26, 2014

Cancer Network of Sanders County is gearing up for their 13th Annual Fall Fundraiser.  This year we are holding a “Brats, Hops & Grapes” event, October 4, 2014 from 5:30 – 9:00 pm at the Sanders County Fairgounds Pavilion.  Tickets are available for $30/person and can be  purchased at Garden Gift & Floral in Plains, D & D Liquor in Thomson Falls, or by calling 826-4278.  This year we will have a Silent Auction and a Live Auction featuring Mr. Kevin Hill as our auctioneer.  The live auction will include Griz/Cat Football Tickets, Griz/Cat Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tickets, an Adirondack Chair and a Garden Bench just to mention a few of the items we have!   There will also be live music provided by Troy Big Medicine DeRoche, an internationally known Native American flute player and composer.  He also hand-makes his own instruments.

Each year, this event has grown and is one of the largest fund raising activities CNSC holds.  Since our inception in 2001, we have given over 650 gifts for nearly $250.000!  The good thing is, more people now know about us.  The bad thing is we are distributing more gifts which means we are still battling cancer at a high level in Sanders County.  Money from this event usually funds about 1/4 of the requests we receive.

Each year, the medical community locally as well as Kalispell and Missoula help sponsor our event along with First Security Bank and Rocky Mountain Bank.  Other businesses are more than generous and support us with items for the live and silent auctions and for helping with supplying the food and drinks.  Other groups like Woman’s Club, Plains High School and Cowgirls Kicking Cancer support us by helping with the auctions, serving food, setting up for the event and cleaning up.  Kathy Miller, CNSC President says “All in all, it is a wonderful showing of community support for a very worthy cause.  We could never be able to have this event without all the help we get and without this event, we couldn’t give our gifts to Sanders County residents to help them battle this horrible disease.”  Because of all of the volunteer efforts and donations, all the money raised at this event will go directly to those who need some financial assistance with their battle.  CNSC invites everyone to come join in an evening of fun.

Please call Kathy at 826-4278.



CANCER NETWORK OF SANDERS COUNTY -- New Year's Eve - 2013 Launch of the Lanterns in remembrance of those who have endure cancer. Taken at the Sanders County Fair Grounds, Plains Montana.

Betty Boehler on the mechanical bull at the Chicks n Chaps event at this years Sanders County Fair.
Eight members of her family have had cancer.
courtesy Ed Moreth

Cancer Network is a non-profit organization that was formed to lend support to Sanders County residents with their cancer treatments. Funds are available to assist with travel expenses, medications, prostheses, wigs or other related expenses not covered by insurance. If you wish to contribute more to this great cause, please indicate the amount below. All contributions are tax deductible and cheerfully accepted.


Message to those going through cancer treatment

Q.  Who benefits from the generosity of Sanders County Resident and Businesses?

A.  Anyone who is a resident of Sanders County and needs financial assistance while undergoing cancer treatments.  Annual gifts are given without restrictions on the use of the funds and names are held in strict confidence. 

Q.  How Do I Apply?

A.   Pick up an easy to fill out application available at Medical Clinics, Sanders County Banks, home health personnel, Nancy Jo Howarth, Joyce Dougan or Kathy Miller.  Call 826-4278 for any further information about applying assistance.  All applications are completely confidential.



Ever wonder who is behind The Cancer Network of Sanders County?
Well, here we are from left to right:

 Nancy Jo Howarth, Secretary; Kathy Miller, President; (Late Joyce Longpre, President and Founder;)
Candy Reedy, Webmaster; Coleen Magera;
Joyce Dougan, Treasurer; Carol Brooker, Vice President. 
Missing on photo day were:  Betty Boehler and Kathy Kostka

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