Steve Magenau

NOTE: The benefit for Steve Magenau has been held, but the fund to help him remains open for donations.

Steve Magenau, 52, an East Grand Forks man who’s been diagnosed with high grade B cell lymphoma, is the focus of a fundraiser on Wed., June 6, at the Grand Forks Pizza Ranch restaurant.

Pizza Ranch will donate 20 percent of its proceeds from dine-in, delivery or pick-up orders made from 5 to 9 p.m. June 6. You need only notify Pizza Ranch that you’re supporting the fundraiser for Steve.

A silent auction and bake sale also are part of this fundraiser. One-hundred percent of tips given to the volunteers bussing the tables will be donated back to Steve’s family. Donation jars also will be at the event.

Poster for June 6 fundraiser for Steve Magenau
Charitable nonprofit NDAD is a sponsor of this Pizza Ranch Community Impact Fundraiser for Steve and family. Pizza Ranch is at 3750 32nd Ave. S., in southwest Grand Forks.

Can’t attend the June 6 event? There are other ways to help the Magenau family. You can click the “Donate Now” button on this fundraising page for Steve and use your credit card or PayPal  to make a contribution.

Or, you can send a check to NDAD, c/o Steve Magenau Fundraiser, 2660 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58201. Make your check payable to NDAD and write “Steve Magenau” on your check’s memo line.

All proceeds to NDAD’s fund for Steve will go to help his family with mounting medical and general expenses.

Download a copy of the poster HERE.

Steve’s situation
Steve began experiencing stomach pains Jan. 21, while attending his son’s hockey game. Later that same day, he was admitted with chest pain to the emergency room at Grand Forks Altru Hospital.

Two days later, Steve was transferred to the Mayo Clinic complex in Rochester, Minn., where he underwent two weeks of testing, which led to his lymphoma diagnosis.

Steve’s extensive cancer treatments in the Rochester area, including chemotherapy and various medications, prevented him from returning to his two jobs — a school bus driver for Independent School District 595 (East Grand Forks), driving the Mallory route; and a Triangle Bus Lines driver, transporting local DigiKey employees to Thief River Falls, Minn.

He returned April 27 from Rochester. Even now, though Steve’s cancer is in remission, further testing and time to regain his strength are needed before he will be approved to return to work.

Steve’s wife, Tracy, works for both Payless ShoeSource in Grand Forks and Shopko in East Grand Forks.  Unable to work her regular hours in recent months, Tracy was accommodated by her employers to work part-time in Rochester while still trying to spend as much time as possible with Steve.

During their parents' absence, younger children Kendra, Mason and Alissa stayed with friends and family in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.  The oldest Magenau daughter, Savanah, has continued going to college, working and doing what is in her power to offer support to her family, including starting an early fundraiser to help with the family's mounting expenses.

The family has also been in the thoughts and prayers of fellow parishioners and clergy at Calvary Lutheran Church, which will be sponsoring the bake sale at Steve’s Pizza Ranch benefit.

Your much-appreciated donations will help the Magenau family meet their accumulating debt caused by loss of wages and cost of extensive hospitalization, care and travel costs. Thank you so much for your generosity and concern.

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

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