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Pictured (left to right): Jeff Cook, President, Fairbanks Hospital Foundation and Steve Lundgren, CEO, Denali State Bank
When the bank was approached by two different individuals, both intending to participate in the Tour de Cure, Mortgage Loan Manager Todd Carey decided to spearhead an effort to raise funds for both teams. Through a combination of employee-paid “jeans days” and a separate donation from the bank itself, they were able to surpass their original goal of $2500.
The funds will be used toward patient education, support and public awareness. This includes transportation for Fairbanks children who will be attending “Camp K” on Kenai Lake where, according to the organization’s website, “medical professionals and campfire personnel work to provide informal diabetes management tips. Campers learn how to manage their disease and gain experience in a fun, positive learning environment.”
“We are grateful to Denali State Bank for this generous donation,” Tour de Cure participant Laura Morton remarked. “I am a social worker at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and I see the impact diabetes has on people in our community all the time. 68,500 Alaskans have diabetes and 7% of them live in Fairbanks.”The Tour de Cure will be one out of over 100 organizations and events that will be supported by Denali State Bank over the year. The bank actively seeks to provide support to both the Fairbanks and Tok communities. Special consideration is always given to programs that provide a measurable civic impact. The bank is especially proud that, despite its small size, it can still have a positive and lasting effect on the communities and individuals it serves.