Living & Laughing Beyond Breast Cancer | Renee’s Altru Moment

Renee Amundson has spent the last 15 years working tirelessly in Altru’s Environmental Services department, keeping hospital facilities spick and span for patients and staff.

In 2013, Renee noticed a suspicious lump in her breast. At 56 years old, she …

Feeling Every Fabric: Sensory Processing Disorder

Happy ZoeSoft. Scratchy. Tight. Loose. Bumpy. Smooth.

Think about all you touch throughout the day. How something feels doesn’t affect most people. You touch something, understand what it feels like, and move on with your task.

For others, how something feels …

Pink is Powerful

NolteThere’s a history of breast cancer on Annette Nolte’s father’s side of the family.

“The chances were high that I could have breast cancer at some point in my life,” said Annette. “I never thought the diagnosis would come when …

Friends of the Foundation: The Art of Giving

Katie and SallyWhen Katie Bergner and Sally (Opp) Miskavige found out a friend’s mom was struggling with breast cancer, they wanted to show support.

Katie, Sally and their friends, in college at the time, hosted their annual wine and cheese gathering. At …

A Day Out of Your Life Could Save Your Life

Having worked in the parts department at Rydell Chevrolet for 20 years, Terry Harmon knows the importance of routine maintenance. With a reminder from his older brother, Tom, of his entrance to the “50s club,” Terry made an appointment with …

Friends of the Foundation | Wendy Juntunen

WendyThe week before Christmas, Wendy Juntunen received news she never expected. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 45.

“You never think it’s going to happen to you,” said Wendy.

Wendy and her family live in Rolla, …

Friends of the Foundation | CK Schultz

It began with a routine check-up. Dr. Gregory Greek, of Altru Family Medicine Residency, noticed a swollen lymph node at the base of Richard Schultz’s neck and recommended he get it checked. Never did Richard and his wife, …

If at First You Don’t Succeed…

Red Lake Falls, Minn., is a small town, with about 1,500 residents. “Do you know what tubing is, where you float down the river?” asks Kevin Larson. “Then you know about Red Lake Falls.”

Even with its small size, Red …

Surrounded by Angels

When Angela O’Leary received the phone call from her primary care physician, Dr. Joanne Gaul, she was brought to her knees. “Angela, this isn’t good,” said Dr. Gaul. “Based on x-rays and the ultrasound, there’s a 95 percent chance …