Russ Rarick

Russ Rarick, 54, of East Grand Forks, was diagnosed was tonsil cancer in November 2017.

Further medical scans showed he also had cancer in his collarbone, in three lymph nodes in his neck and in four places in his spine.

Russ was referred to the University of Minnesota hospital in Minneapolis to see whether surgery was his best option. It wasn't. 
Poster for Russ Rarick benefit July 26

He then began chemotherapy at Altru Cancer Center in Grand Forks. He has completed 18 weeks of very aggressive chemo.

His most recent positron emission tomography (PET) scan showed that his treatments have been working. Russ has another scan scheduled in late July. He still may have to undergo radiation treatments.

A benefit is planned on Thursday, July 26, at the East Grand Forks Eagles for Russ. Set for 5 to 9 p.m., the event will feature a baked potato / chili feed, silent auction, bake sale and raffle.

Russ and his wife, Sherry, have been married 27 years, all but two spent in East Grand Forks. They have two children, Brady and Samantha.

A 22-year JR Simplot employee, Russ is a fan of all Minnesota sports and has coached many youth baseball and basketball teams over the years. He's carried a passion for go-karts for 15 years; he competed first, followed by both of his children. Working on the go-karts is something they all enjoy.

"Russ' journey has been long, trying and difficult, but we hope the roughest waters are behind us and calmer waters and sunsets ahead," Sherry Rarick wrote recently. "Though his journey isn't over, it certainly looks better as each new day approaches."

Russ isn't a complainer, his wife said, so if you were to ask him even on his roughest day, "How are you doing?" he would reply, "I'm just peachy."

There are other ways you can help Russ.  Click the "Donate Now" link at the top of this page and make a donation using your credit card or PayPal. 

Or, send a donation to NDAD, c/o Russ Rarick Fundraiser, 2660 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58201. Make your check payable to NDAD and write "Russ Rarick" on your check's memo line.

All proceeds will go to help Russ with medical and general expenses.

NDAD is a sponsor of the Russ Rarick fundraiser through its free charitable Community Fundraisers Program. Learn more about the program by calling (800) 532-NDAD or contacting your nearest NDAD office.


Karen Schelinder
Karen Schelinder followed a path of helping others, ever since she served as a Lutheran church parish worker in the 1960s. When someone sought help, her philosophy had been simple. “There’s a reason they need it,” said Schelinder, told NDAD in an early 2013 interview. Karen died the following year at age 66.   In the ...
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