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  • October 16, 2018

Dickinson community benefits from BCBSND Rural Health Grant

Funds used for Glow Run 5K to raise money and awareness for diabetes education

FARGO—The Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) Caring Foundation awarded CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson a $2,500 Rural Health Grant in 2018. The grant was used to help fund a Glow Run 5K to raise funds and awareness for diabetes.

The after-dark event took place on August 1 at Rocky Butte Park in Dickinson, ND. Almost 200 participants ran or walked around the park in bright neon attire, where fun lighting was put up and a DJ played music.

"Some of the attendees were participating because they or loved ones have diabetes. Many other community members came simply looking for a fun, family event, and they learned about the diabetes cause in the process," said Jodi Tomanek, Development Officer at CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson Foundation. Through the event they were able to raise over $6,000 to go towards local diabetes education programs at CHI St. Alexius and Sanford in Dickinson.

The BCBSND Rural Health Grant Program is a collaborative with the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota (UND). The purpose of the grant program is to support local health care providers and their communities by offering funding for projects that champion increased physical activity and promote the health and well-being of rural North Dakotans.

A complete listing past recipients of the grant program are available on the CRH website, http://www.ruralhealth.und.edu/projects/bcbs-grant-program.