#12STRONG

…This is our story

Jeff McKinnon has been diagnosed with relapsed aggressive Multiple Myeloma. Multiple Myeloma is a blood cancer. Originally diagnosed in July 2018 – Jeff endured several rounds of chemo and radiation here in Fargo. Then went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for his first stem cell transplant. Healthy blood stem cells from his body were used to replace diseased bone marrow. Jeff had to stay about 45 days in Rochester, and the transplant was successful. However, remission didn’t last long. In about 6 months, cancer returned.

His next treatment this fall will be an allogeneic stem cell transplant. A procedure in which a patient receives healthy stem cells from a donor (his brother Jim). The recipient even inherits the blood type of the donor. Transplants using donor cells have a higher chance of rejection. Because of this Jeff will again be at Mayo in Rochester, MN to recover. Whether in-patient, or with a full-time caregiver from September – January. With this extended stay in Rochester, MN the costs of lodging, food and gas will mount up. Along with the medical bills.

All proceeds gathered will be donated to the Lend a Hand Up organization and receive a 20% boost. This assists with travel, lodging and medical expenses while living away from home. Free-will donations are also appreciated. Again, all donations will be matched up to 20% by Lend a Hand Up.

Ways to Help…

Lend a Hand Up

Boost your gift by 20%!

Meal Train

Organize meals for a friend

Caring Bridge

Keeping loved ones informed

Jeff McKinnon Benefit Account – Bell Bank

Attn: Jeff McKinnon Benefit Account
Bell Bank
3100 13th Ave S
Fargo, ND 58103

Other needs and ways to help…

Hotel or air miles
Gas cards, prepaid cards
Food delivery service, or meal prep
Prayers always welcome
Jeff McKinnon Lend a Hand Up

Thank you for the overwhelming number of people that have reached out and offered us prayers and support. I am so grateful and overjoyed by our wonderful friends and family. One of the toughest things to do is to ask for help. So when people reach out and ask what they can do to help, we’re speechless.

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“A former starting lineback at NDSU, Jeff wore #12. The Bison Football Players Association branded the #12strong hashtag and made it available on apparel. The family has since adopted it as well.”

“Cancer is a marathon – you can’t look at the finish line. You take it moment by moment, sometimes breath by breath, other times step by step.”

Sarah Betz Bucciero

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Day 16

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Thank you NDSU #BFPA - my Bison Brothers, for always showing me the support. Wristbands will be sold in the BFPA tailgating tent during the NDSU Homecoming Tailgate.

Day 19

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Thank you Davies Football! The #12strong fundraiser allowed us to make a donation of $3,198.05 to the McKinnon Family! This donation will also be matched up to 20% by Lend…
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Day 15

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Eagles Supporting Eagles - Thank you to our Fargo Davies Family https://www.valleynewslive.com/2021/10/09/fundraiser-held-fargo-davies-family-battling-rare-blood-cancer/

…In the News

Valley News Live

Fundraiser held for Fargo Davies family battling rare blood cancer

InForum

InForum

Cavalry of former Bison football players comes to the aid of McKinnon

Bison Illustrated

Bison Illustrated

Strength Of The Herd: Bison Family Supports McKinnons In Cancer Battle

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