Kick Cancer to the Curb with Steve’s Sanitation and Hospice of the Red River Valley

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. In October, we recognized Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the important work of the American Cancer Society as they invest in patient support, discovery and advocacy.

To help support breast cancer awareness, Steve’s Sanitation’s President, Kelly Melgard stated, “We are proud to be part of the Kick Cancer to the Curb Program, developed by Cascade Cart Solutions in collaboration with the American Cancer Society.”

Maybe you’ve caught sight of the bright pink garbage cans parked out on the curb on garbage pickup day and wondered what they are all about? Maybe you or a loved one have been diagnosed with breast cancer and you’re remembering a loved one? Whatever your situation may be, remember that you are not alone in the fight against breast cancer. Kelly Melgard explained, “We’ve had people in our company struggle with cancer, and hospice has helped them out. We want to keep the money with a local hospice because we are committed to helping the community. They don’t deny people, and we’ve had great experiences with them.”

Steve’s Sanitation will donate $5 to the American Cancer Society with every donation directed to this cause. These donations will be used in the fight against breast cancer while the Pink Cart offers a visible reminder to all cancer patients that they are not alone.

With the Kick Cancer to the Curb Program, Steve’s Sanitation buys the Pink Cart. $5 of this purchase goes to the American Cancer Society to prevent breast cancer. In addition, Becker County clients who make a minimum donation of $25 to Hospice of the Red River Valley will receive a Pink Cart they can use for a lifetime.

Hospice of the Red River Valley (HRRV) is honored to partner with Steve’s Sanitation for this program. HRRV is an independent, community-based, nonprofit hospice serving more than 50 counties in North Dakota and Minnesota. As an organization caring for people at the end of their lives, we know how important it is to bring awareness that our care is centered around helping patients and loved ones live as fully as possible in the time that remains. Partnering with Steve’s Sanitation allows Hospice of the Red River Valley to use donations in ways such as medical care, community education and outreach, spiritual care and bereavement. Our care focuses on intensive pain and symptom management, as well as spiritual and emotional support for our patients as well as loved ones. The Pink Cart program is great because it offers a visible reminder to clients and fellow community members of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Hospice of the Red River Valley is committed to providing a meaningful end-of-life experience to our community’s loved ones – now and into the future. As the longest-standing hospice organization in the State of North Dakota, HRRV is committed to providing quality care for years to come which is why we are building the first free-standing hospice house in North Dakota. Our hospice house will be called “Heather’s House.”

Heather’s House will be a state-of-the-art medical facility with around-the-clock integrated hospice care, supporting patients with uncontrolled pain, a dedicated place to support and teach loved ones, and a place for respite care, when caregivers need a break. Heather’s House will be a serene, home-like environment designed with the patient and his/her family in mind with large private bedrooms, shared kitchens and living room spaces, dining room, library, chapel and more.

If interested in learning more about Hospice of the Red River Valley and Heather’s House or donating, please contact Hospice of the Red River Valley by emailing or calling (800) 237-4629.


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