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The Gift of Giving

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Posted 10/13/2014

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On April 15, 2005... Bill Jurgens was diagnosed with leukemia at a hospital in West Omaha. Doctors told Bill to immediately go to The Nebraska Medical Center. He was in and out of the hospital for the next seven months. In October of 2006, he received a stem cell transplant. During his treatment, Bill's wife was worried about expenses. "It turned our world upside down," says Dagmar Jurgens. "We have three children, had just started a business six weeks before the diagnosis. I had no idea how we were going to make end's meat." Bill's golfing community stepped up to help. They raised a lot of money, and put the funds in a medical trust. "They raised a significant amount that got us through," remembers Bill. "After that, we had money leftover. The only thing we thought to do was to give it to patients in need of money." Through the generosity of Bill's family and friends, they have raised thousands of dollars for patients at The Nebraska Medical Center. The money has been used in a variety of ways, including: the Music Therapy program, Adopt a Cancer Family for Christmas program and the Patient Assistance Fund. The money raised for the Patient Assistance Fund goes to help patients and their families with food, lodging and gas cards. "We all get hung up on the big things, but these are things that people need on a day to day basis," says Bill. "It's a humbling experience to help these patients." To make a donation to the Patient Assistance Fund: Phone: (402) 552-2029 Email: Website: Mail: The Nebraska Medical Center -- Office of Development 987421 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198-7421 THANK YOU!