Forward Health Foundation, through a collaborative effort with Essentia Health, the Blandin Foundation and the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation, is excited to announce the addition of the Community Paramedic Program serving residents of the Deer River area. Your support, along with our partners, made it possible to purchase the vehicle that is used by Liz Kamp, Community Paramedic (CP), to make her visits with patients in their homes. CP’s work closely with patients’ providers for carry-over of treatments of a wide range of healthcare needs including congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and hypertension with the goal of
Outfitted for Winter
Each year, area students and families experience needs related to appropriate outdoor clothing for colder months. Donations are usually adequate for smaller or younger children, but donations for students who wear adult sizes, along with snow pants, boots, hats and mittens remain inadequate for what is needed. In collaboration with Deer River Full Service Community Public School, Forward Health Foundation remains committed to filling these gaps within our community. Your donations made it possible for us to support the initiative to provide these, and other needs, to local students and families.
Sock Hop for Cancer Care
On Friday, September 23, the Deer River Healthcare Volunteers partnered with Forward Health Foundation in hosting a Sock Hop at the Deer River Vet’s Club to raise funds supporting care for local cancer patients. Guests enjoyed burger baskets for sale, raffles and t-shirt sales, a ‘best dressed’ contest and a dance. With volunteers from Essentia Health, the community, and the DRHC Volunteers, many hands made light work with proceeds benefiting our family, friends and neighbors who have been diagnosed with cancer. Established in honor of Jim Tarbell, the Jim Tarbell Cancer Care Fund through Forward Health Foundation provides cancer care
Getting People There
Forward Health Foundation was able to support ElderCircle’s Senior Transportation program by sponsoring and participating in their Aces for Elders golf fundraiser in July. Proceeds from this event benefit clients who require assistance with transportation to medical appointments. Thank you to Foundation board members Beth Anderson and Dave Delawyer for lending your golf expertise!
To view amazing aerial drone footage by Northwoods Drone, follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jsIaxwZRyw Wow! What an event! It is truly remarkable to see what can be accomplished when community comes together for one common goal - in celebration and support of one another. This now-annual event was held Saturday, August 13 at the White Oak Antique Tractor Club grounds north of Deer River. Starting with a 5k, hosted by Get Fit Itasca, and a free pancake breakfast, courtesy of Deer River Lion’s Club and Peewee Wrestling, we began a day of activities and entertainment! Guests enjoyed performances by DRHS choir,
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Partnering with Forward Health Foundation is a powerful way to make a positive impact on the health and wellness of our communities. Your generosity can help support a wide range of initiatives and projects making a real difference in people’s lives. We offer a variety of giving options to suit your needs, so you can choose the one that’s right for you. With your help, we can continue to work to build a healthy and vibrant community together. Join us in this important mission!