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Howard Farmers Co-op Invests in Colorectal Cancer Prevention for Rural South Dakotans

(HOWARD, SD) – With limited days remaining to donate to the HOPE $20,000 Match Challenge, Howard Farmers Co-op has demonstrated the “neighbors helping neighbors” mentality by joining the Horizon Health Foundation’s efforts in providing life-saving care to South Dakotans.

Howard Farmers Coop

Horizon Health Foundation is pleased to announce a gift from Howard Farmer’s Co-op, in support of the $20,000 Match Challenge, which will benefit your South Dakota friends and neighbors who cannot afford a colonoscopy.

Howard Farmers Co-op is led by General Manager Bruce Yanish and a seven-member board of directors, who made the decision to donate to the challenge to raise awareness, while making a statement of support to their employees, customers, and everyone in our agricultural communities that have been or may be affected by colorectal cancer.

“As one of the largest employers in town, we felt that it was important to support this cause that can affect so many in our rural communities,” said Norman Andenas, Howard Farmers Co-op Board of Director. “These are our customers and neighbors that we could be helping. Anyone can suddenly find themselves without health insurance or unable to pay for their health care through some twist of fate.”

During the month of March, Creative Printing of Huron has partnered with the Horizon Health Foundation to offer this $20,000 Match Challenge. This challenge coincides with Colorectal Cancer Awareness month and all gifts made through the challenge will be directed to patients in need of a colonoscopy. “Colon cancer and colonoscopies aren’t an everyday topic of discussion, but they’re something everyone has experienced and should be talking about,” said Yanish. “Either you’ve experienced it yourself or someone you know has…this challenge is an opportunity to give a gift to spark more conversation on the topic.”

In these final days of March, individuals and businesses, have the opportunity to join Howard Farmers Co-op in making a gift to the Horizon Health Foundation in support of colorectal cancer prevention and awareness – a gift that will be matched to double the number of South Dakotans that will be touched with a potentially life-saving colonoscopy.
To join in this special opportunity to have your support make twice the difference, please visit horizonhealthfoundation.com/colon-care or call 605.772.5907 before March 31st.

About Horizon Health Care, Inc.

For over 39 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 83,000 patient visits annually in 26 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River and Woonsocket. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Horizon Health Foundation Announces HOPE $20,000 Match Challenge to Support South Dakota Patients

Horizon Health Foundation, a non-profit serving Horizon Health Care patients, announces a partnership with Creative Printing and Huron Regional Medical Center to support South Dakotans in need. Creative Printing will offer a $20,000 Match Challenge now through March 31, 2017 to double gifts to support South Dakota patients who cannot afford the life-saving colonoscopy.

In honor of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, these partners are joining forces to ask fellow South Dakotans, businesses, and organizations to donate to colorectal cancer prevention and awareness. The Huron Regional Medical Center has partnered with Horizon by offering a colonoscopy at a reduced rate to eligible participants. Last year over 500 Horizon Health Care patients completed an at-home colorectal cancer screening test. Of those, 119 tested positive and need a follow-up screening.

“Without Horizon Health Care, many of our rural and frontier communities wouldn’t have access to medical care. They reach thousands of people across South Dakota. We know where our money is going—directly into the hands of people who need it. We support what we believe in, and we believe in our local community. If we save one life, this challenge will be successful,” said Laura McGirr, co-owner of Creative Printing.

Tracy Pardy, Horizon Health Foundation’s Director, adds, “This $20,000 Match Challenge is truly an example of neighbors helping neighbors. This partnership between Horizon and Huron Regional Medical Center shows how community health centers can join together with other healthcare providers to do greater good.”

To donate, givers are asked to visit the Horizon Health Foundation website. Every amount is welcome, and every gift matters to South Dakotans in need. The Horizon Health Foundation ensures that all funds donated and matched by Creative Printing will be directed to patients in need of this service.
The 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, please visit horizonhealthfoundation.com/colon-care or call 605.772.5907.

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