Bill Bauman first became motivated to volunteer and serve on the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation advisory board both because he traveled his cancer journey through the Bismarck Cancer Center (“It’s why I’m am still here”) and because while he went through treatment, he often prayed he might one day help others and give back as they traveled through their cancer journey.
His most memorable experience of working on the BCCF includes working with the Hope Givers annual event, which holds a special place in his heart. He also thoroughly enjoys working with a caring, devoted staff. His favorite part of working with the BCCF is the knowing he believes in the importance of the work of the Bismarck Cancer Center; and subsequently, he believes in the mission of BCC. He sees a great staff at BCC with great equipment.
Renee Daffinrud joined the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation advisory board in 2010; she’s been involved with Bismarck Cancer Center since 2007. She initially became motivated to serve on the board or to help BCC in some way after her father was diagnosed with cancer. She witnessed so many acts of caring or compassion – she immediately knew she wanted to spread the word about BCC.
Renee’s favorite part of BCCF is in knowing she is helping to ease the burden of cancer to individuals and their families; she finds all experiences with BCCF to be rewarding
Loren Balkowitsch became motivated to volunteer on the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation advisory board while watching his sister-in-law battle breast cancer. Loren wanted to get off the sidelines and become more proactive in the fight against cancer. Slowly watching this loved one being taken away drove him nuts. He wanted to help other families he could to help them not feel the pain of losing someone that special.
His favorite part of working with the BCCF is working with amazing people who always put others first. He enjoys watching the funds raised directly impact the patients supported by the Foundation. His most memorable moment was handing over the check from the Volkowitsch Open; the culmination of all of the hard work and time put into an event come together. Loren is also the founder of Give 5 to Cancer, Inc. in which the online store donates part of the proceeds from every order they receive to the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation.
Amber Rae Bernhardt
Amber was invited to participate on the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation advisory board in 2013. Amber was inspired to work with the Cancer Center because she, like nearly everyone else, has supported many family and friends through the dreaded disease. Amber believes the organization is an exceptional part of the Bismarck/Mandan community.
Amber’s favorite part of working with the organization is seeing all the board members and volunteers give so freely of their time and talent. The creativity of the fundraising events not only provide financial support to the center but also entertainment and enjoyment to the community.
Wayne Beutler didn’t hesitate to join the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation (BCCF) advisory board when he was asked to serve. As a patient at the BCC, Wayne had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people, both patients and dedicated staff, during his treatment. He enjoys seeing and feeling the passion board members, staff and volunteers have as they strive to make a difference in the lives of many.
When Wayne isn’t helping with BCCF duties, you will find him enjoying time with his wonderful family, or training clients at the Missouri Valley Family YMCA.
Dale joined the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation board in 2012. He was motivated to serve on the board because he enjoys the staff and feels it’s an important cause.
John has been a part of the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation since 2011. He is very proud of the wrap-around services the Foundation provides patients, and he thinks it is important that everyone who comes to the BCC feels like a VIP.
John is always the ‘fun’ guy in the group! When he’s not volunteering his time with the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation, you can find him playing a round or two of golf.
Rebecca Fricke joined the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation Advisory Board as a way to benefit individuals within our area who are battling cancer. The fact that cancer touches so many lives motivates her to do something to help ease the difficult experience and journey for our patients, families and friends.
Her favorite part of working with the BCCF is hearing stories of gratitude from individuals that have received assitance from the foundation.
Carol Hanson joined the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation advisory board in 2010. She became motivated to join after hearing the many stories and the knowing the emotions behind the scenes. Her favorite part of working on the BCCF is how rewarding outcomes can be and how compassionate people can be.
Duey V. Johnson
Duey joined the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation advisory board in 2012 as an opportunity to make a differnce in the lives of so many. He is very passionate about the BCC and the BCCF and believes in the mission and the daily good that staff, volunteers and the community do to help those struggling with cancer.
Duey says that the staff at the Center have become like a second family to him. He would drop anything to help out!
Roger Krueger is a founding member of the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation. He is proud of the fact that the work he does with the advisory board helps provide significant and tangible assistance to the community, our neighbors and friends, who are fighting cancer. He believes in the mission and vision of the BCC and enjoys organizing the Hunting Dakota with Roosevelt event every year.
Roger and his wife years have two children and seven grandchildren.
Andrea joined the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation Board of Directors in 2019 after recently going through a cancer diagnosis and treatment with her husband. She says it’s an honor to be a part of this ‘one of a kind’ organization so she can support others during an unbelievably challenging time in life.
Patty started with the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation in 2019 after retiring from a busy career in the finance world. She watched the Bismarck Cancer Center grow from the beginning and always admired the staff and compassionate support they provide for their patients. Retirement has given her the opportunity to put energy and time towards helping others through her board work with BCCF.
Paul joined the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation advisory board in 2013 after serving for many years as a member of the Bismarck Cancer Center’s Board of Directors while employed with Medcenter One. Paul was motivated to particpate in the foundation board because his previous involvement left him with a “soft spot in his heart” for the Cancer Center.
Paul’s favorite experience to date is learning about all the activities the BCCF is involved in and now being able to be a volunteer with these activities.
Dale is involved in numerous community organizations in the Bismarck/Mandan area and throughout the Bismarck Cancer Center service area. He has a passion for volunteering and is always willing to give of his time and talents to support the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation. Dale can often be found volunteering his auctioneer skills at charity events including Masks in the Moonlight and Hunting Dakota with Roosevelt.
Steven joined the BCCF after serving as a volunteer with the Cancer Center for several months in 2015. The experiences he had as a volunteer and the conversations with patients and their families motivated him to do more and join the BCCF Advisory Board.
“Thinking of patients and how hard they are fighting is what motivates me to give my time and energy to help. After visiting with a patients and their families, I could feel how much the support of the BCCF and the BCC staff meant to them.”
Susan Schweiters began volunteering on the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation Advisory Board in 2008. She was honored to be invited and thought she’d give it a try.
Her favorite part of working with BCCF is the opportunity to work with great people and know she is helping the community. Her most memorable experiences include Diva Party nights – the fundraisers held at Lillian’s. In her spare time, you will find Susan reading, running, and doing yoga. She is thankful for her faith.
Dave joined the Bismarck Cancer Center Board of Directors in 2017 as a way to give back to the community while supporting a worthy cause.
He was motivated to take on a more significant role with the Cancer Center after he attended several fundraisers for the BCCF and saw how dedicated the staff and board members are to the mission. He is proud to help raise money for the complimentary services the Cancer Center offers to patients and survivors in the region.
Tina has been serving as a board member since 2017. She started getting involved with the BCCF because, “it’s a great cause and cancer is something that seems to touch everyone’s life.” It makes her happy to be a part of the work the BCCF does for the Cancer Center and the people they serve.
One of the biggest passions Tina has about serving on the board is that the money raised goes directly to help the people in the Bismarck/Mandan community. She enjoys giving back to the people she sees Downtown and in our local shops; the people who have become family to her over the years.