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Pay It Forward Stories 2020

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Jay Raymond

Montana Resources

Employee

I chose to give the card to my niece who delivered her baby girl, Raegan, at 22 weeks weighing 1 pound and 3 ounces. She is only a few days old but is fighting hard to continue to live. She was born in a medical facility that is well known for being able to handle the treatment that she will need which is a blessing. The road ahead of them is a long one but we pray for her as well as her mom and dad so they will be up to the challenges ahead.

Kris Matter

Montana Rail Link

Employee

I wanted to “pay it forward” for multiple families. The first person I found was a woman named Tiffany with two young children, she was putting items back so I asked her if I could pay it forward. She accepted. I ran another female at Walmart whom I overheard talking about going to the food bank. She was purchasing formula and diapers instead of food for herself, so I offered to buy her items plus some. Finally, I bought a bunch of non perishable food items and donated them to the Lolo Community Center. Thank you for allowing me to experience putting joy in others lives.

Jon McLean

Montana Rail Link

Employee

My 2020 Pay it Forward card was donated to a non profit sports organization. The funds are used for equipment and fees to play at the highest level. Some of these kids will have an opportunity for athletic scholarships down the road. Without the help of sponsors and donations some of these kids couldn’t afford to continue with their passion for the game!

Rich Miller

Montana Rail Link

Employee

I donated my Pay it Forward card to youth athletic programs in the local community.

Russell Young

Montana Rail Link

Employee

A young family in our community has a child with a medical condition that required extensive surgery.
They have been struggling to pay for these medical expenses.
We gave the card to them to help ease some of the burden.

Johnna Eisenmann

Washington Corporations

Employee

I gave my card to the Knights of Columbus to use for their boots for kids program. My father, Daniel Conway was a Knight for over 60 years. The Knights look to serve our local community and my dad was very passionate about this program within their organization. He would shop year-end sales so he could purchase boots for as many kids as possible at Franklin and Lowell schools. This program is funded through donations and the Knights fund-raising efforts. When I inquired about the status of the boots program, they informed me that they were not able to fund this program this year. Approximate annual cost to fully fund is $1,500. This card will purchase one-third of the boots needed and I hope, create new energy for a program my dad loved and supported. Thank you.

Chris Beaulieu

Montana Rail Link

Employee

I was lucky to be drawn again this year for the Pay It Forward giving card and I had decided this year to help out animals. I stopped in at Help For Homeless Pets and talked to Ashley. HHP is a no kill non-profit organization and they take in all animals, get them their proper shots, spay or neuter them. After talking to Ashley a bit, I decided this was the place to donate my card to. I like what they are doing there. The cages are very big so the animals are not cramped at all, and the cages were kept clean. This donation will help them in many ways to make these animals more comfortable until they are adopted.
I would like to thank Dennis and Phyllis again for allowing me to make this donation to a worthy cause.

Misty Larson

Washington Corporations

Employee

I donated my giving card to the Shriner's Hospital for Children (Transportation Fund). The funds will be used to help in the transportation of the families to the Shriner's Hospital.

Kyle Patterson

Montana Rail Link

Employee

As I have done the last few years, I gave the gift card to ducks unlimited to be used at there event in March. Ducks unlimited is a non-profit organization that helps preserve the wet lands in Montana. Thank you for allowing me to donate to such a great cause.

Jim Stevens

Modern Machinery

Employee

My Daughter is an RN for a Local Surgery Group Here in Centralia Wa. So she see's many Families in Need I contacted her to see if she knew of someone who could use a little help, she responded with the following, Rosemary Ragan was Diagnosed with Lung Cancer that had Metastasized to her Lymph Nodes in August of 2017, she received many treatments and the Cancer was close to being gone when she got an Infection so the treatments had to stop for a period of time, Her new scans showed Cancer now in Her Lungs and she has begun New and very expensive treatments 2-20-2020, Her Husband has had to return to work in his early 70's to try and keep up with the medical Bills because their insurance does not cover all of the expenses so I felt a little help would go along way with this Family I would not wish any Medical issues on anyone and hope this helps.

Russ Brownlee

Montana Rail Link

Employee

I donated this years card to a non profit youth sports organization. They use the funds to equip young athletes with safety gear and such.

Jeremiah Michael

Montana Rail Link

Employee

Having kids play in athletics and seeing their teammates sometimes struggle with the financial commitments. We decided to help some of those kids less fortunate be able to continue with their passions.

John McNaught

Montana Rail Link

Employee

I wanted to help with events involving kids. I donated to those organizations in our local area that focus on kid development.

Robert Stephenson

Montana Rail Link

Employee

I donated the pay it forward card to youth athletics.

Trent Sumpter

Montana Rail Link

Employee

Sports were such a big part of my life so I like to give back to kids organizations that I belonged to.

Gary Boone

Montana Rail Link

Employee

As a volunteer at The Way Christian School in Livingston Montana, I identified their need of a new copier.
Their old Canon copier was very fond of eating several papers as it printed. Staples of Bozeman was kind enough to sweeten the sale of a new Brother business machine with a sharply discounted price and a box of copier paper.
My remaining funds were donated to the Shane Lelani Center for the Arts in the form of tickets to see the current musical production of "Big Fish".
The tickets, 5 adults and 4 children, were then given to 4 families in the Livingston area. 2 Adult tickets given, went to a couple who spend all of their free time volunteering in many ways in Livingston. The remaining tickets went to 3 single parent homes to give them an evening of entertainment that these parents wouldn't otherwise be able to afford.

Mike Merrick

Montana Resources

Employee

First off thank you to the Dennis and Phyllis Washington foundation for letting me participate in the Pay it Forward program, a program that helps many individuals,families and organizations.This year i chose to give my card to Claire O'Connor. Claire is the 22 year old daughter of some good friends of mine who was diagnosed with MS about a year and a half ago. She is currently undergoing infusion treatments to help her deal with this disease. Having MS myself i know how a person can get down with how they feel. i explained to Claire the pay it forward program and its origin. I explained to her that she could use her $500 in anyway she would like whether it be for medicine,medical bills or anything she wanted. Seeing the big smile on her face when i told her the amount it was for i hope Claire spoils herself with a shopping trip or maybe a day at the spa, anything to maybe take her mind off of her MS. Thanks again for a wonderful program.

Cody Pesanti

Montana Resources

Employee

I am giving my card to my sons kindergarten teacher. She is a great teacher and all the kids just love her. Her name is Ms. Colvin and she teaches at Margaret Leary school here in Butte MT. This is her first year teaching and she could use all the help she can get for her class. These teachers usually end up buying things for kids if they don't come with supplies or just learning games for their classroom. Thank you so much she will be so excited! Can't wait to hand her the card and suprises my son in his class. What a great program thanks for letting me be a part of such a great cause. Have a great day.

Clinton Kramer

Modern Machinery

Employee

Morgan McQuillan was first diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, at the age of 5 in May of 1999. She was scheduled to start kindergarten in the fall but instead started chemotherapy. In September of that same year, she had a very rare amputation done on her right leg to remove the tumor. Morgan successfully learned how to walk with a prosthetic and went on to beat the cancer. Then 8 years later, when she was 12 years old, she was rediagnosed with Osteosarcoma of the soft tissue. She underwent surgery to remove the spots. At the age of 14, Morgan lost her father to Leukemia. At the age of 15, Morgan relapsed for the third time and a tumor was found in her upper jaw. She underwent chemo as well as surgery to remove the upper part of her jaw and was fitted with a partial mouth prosthesis. Once again, she went into remission. Two years later, during the fall of her senior year of high school, she was rediagnosed with Osteosarcoma, with one tumor in her soft tissue and another one on her pelvis. At this time, Morgan was told her options were very limited as she had built a tolerance up to most chemotherapy and any surgery they could do would be very extreme and diminish the quality of her life. At this time, it was clear that Morgan would never be fully cured of cancer. Rather than the doctors giving up on Morgan, they decided to try an unconventional form of treatment which consisted of radiation and chemotherapy. This was one of many miracles that was given to Morgan, the treatment worked and killed that tumor. Due to the radiation Morgan endured, she began having extreme pain in her pelvis and had to learn how to deal with that. Morgan experienced two more occurrences of Osteosarcoma in her right pelvis by the age of 22. Both times, the tumors were killed with a surgery called ablation. However, this surgery caused her to lose the feeling on the right side of her hip.
In January of this year, Morgan was rediagnosed for the seventh time with Osteosarcoma. The doctors also found a tumor on her small intestine that needed to be removed. Treatment options were once again limited. Morgan was given the option to undergo a surgery called a Hemipelvectomy, which she chose. This surgery removed her entire right hip and the remainder of her right leg. Morgan is still in the hospital to this date recovering from this surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where she has undergone the majority of her treatment. She is experiencing a significant amount of stomach problems due to the removal of the tumor on her intestine which is slowing down her progress. She is simultaneously going through physical therapy and is now learning how to be mobile with just one leg. She will rely on a wheelchair or a walker to get her around for the rest of her life. The rest of Morgan’s treatment plan is up in the air at the point. Once Morgan returns home, she will be staying at her mother’s house outside of Joliet, MT which is currently undergoing some remodeling to make it handicap accessible for Morgan.
Thank you for reading Morgan’s story.
Submitted on March 4, 2020 by Kate Croft, Morgan’s sister.

Teresa Hulteng

Modern Machinery

Employee

Morgan McQuillan was first diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, at the age of 5 in May of 1999. She was scheduled to start kindergarten in the fall but instead started chemotherapy. In September of that same year, she had a very rare amputation done on her right leg to remove the tumor. Morgan successfully learned how to walk with a prosthetic and went on to beat the cancer. Then 8 years later, when she was 12 years old, she was rediagnosed with Osteosarcoma of the soft tissue. She underwent surgery to remove the spots. At the age of 14, Morgan lost her father to Leukemia. At the age of 15, Morgan relapsed for the third time and a tumor was found in her upper jaw. She underwent chemo as well as surgery to remove the upper part of her jaw and was fitted with a partial mouth prosthesis. Once again, she went into remission. Two years later, during the fall of her senior year of high school, she was rediagnosed with Osteosarcoma, with one tumor in her soft tissue and another one on her pelvis. At this time, Morgan was told her options were very limited as she had built a tolerance up to most chemotherapy and any surgery they could do would be very extreme and diminish the quality of her life. At this time, it was clear that Morgan would never be fully cured of cancer. Rather than the doctors giving up on Morgan, they decided to try an unconventional form of treatment which consisted of radiation and chemotherapy. This was one of many miracles that was given to Morgan, the treatment worked and killed that tumor. Due to the radiation Morgan endured, she began having extreme pain in her pelvis and had to learn how to deal with that. Morgan experienced two more occurrences of Osteosarcoma in her right pelvis by the age of 22. Both times, the tumors were killed with a surgery called ablation. However, this surgery caused her to lose the feeling on the right side of her hip.

In January of this year, Morgan was rediagnosed for the seventh time with Osteosarcoma. The doctors also found a tumor on her small intestine that needed to be removed. Treatment options were once again limited. Morgan was given the option to undergo a surgery called a Hemipelvectomy, which she chose. This surgery removed her entire right hip and the remainder of her right leg. Morgan is still in the hospital to this date recovering from this surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where she has undergone the majority of her treatment. She is experiencing a significant amount of stomach problems due to the removal of the tumor on her intestine which is slowing down her progress. She is simultaneously going through physical therapy and is now learning how to be mobile with just one leg. She will rely on a wheelchair or a walker to get her around for the rest of her life. The rest of Morgan’s treatment plan is up in the air at the point. Once Morgan returns home, she will be staying at her mother’s house outside of Joliet, MT which is currently undergoing some remodeling to make it handicap accessible for Morgan.

Tom Hoyer

Montana Rail Link

Employee

I Donated the card to Good Samaritan Ministries here in Helena

James McCaarthy

Montana Resources

Employee

I would like to thank the Dennis & Phyllis Washington foundation for allowing me to be a part of the Washington Companies 2020 Pay it forward employee charitable giving program. The charitable case that I have chosen is the back-pack program. After talking to friends and family explaining Pay it forward employee charitable giving program and how it works, I asked them the question what charitable causes they would donate to if given the opportunity. As we all know there are so many great charitable cause to choose from but unfortunately, I can only choose one. The back-pack program was explained to me by a volunteer reading teacher at the local schools in Butte, as she was explaining the back-pack program with tears in her eyes it made me realize how lucky we are to have enough food to eat and money to spend.
The Washington Companies 2020 Pay it forward employee charitable giving program does a lot more than just give away money it allows us all to view life from a different perspective, make changes in others life's and experience the positive feeling known as the (Helper's high)
The backpack program
The backpack program provides bags of food for children who are chronically hungry. Students are identified by teachers, and volunteers discretely deposit the bags in the children's backpacks during the school days. The backpack program distributes to over 400 students pre-week. Funding for the backpack program comes from the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser, hosted annually in coordination with the Butte High School Art Club. Established in 2018 the Butte High School Bag program provides bags of food to high school students. These bags contain enough food to cover meals for the weekend, High school bags are available anonymously and include items for breakfast, lunch and snack items for two days.
Empty Bowls is a dinner event supporting the Foodbank’s Backpack Program. They were able to start this program in 2014 to help those chronically hungry children. Teachers identify the children who are eligible for the program. They will receive a bag of food on Friday that will provide them breakfast and lunch items for two days. They are currently distributing over 400 bags each weekend. The distribution continues during the summer months at various summer feeding locations.
Local potters work for over 4 months throwing 1100 soup size bowls and 100 large serving bowls for this event. With the purchase of a ticket you will receive one of the bowls, soup prepared by local restaurants, take part in a silent auction, and enjoy live entertainment.
They need to raise $62,000 per year to continue feeding the children enrolled in the program.
Butte Emergency Food Bank
(406) 782-6230
1019 E 2nd St
Butte, MT 59701

Valisa Pancake

Washington Corporations

Employee

Thank you for the opportunity to help people in my community! I divided my $500 pay it forward card into two $250 grocery store gift cards. I was happy to give these gift cards to two different families that are having a tough winter. Both families were beyond appreciative. It was sure nice to help them out and put a smile on their faces!

Dustin Schwarz

Montana Rail Link

Employee

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The Northern Division Freestyle (NDF) is a nonprofit-based volunteer organization providing competitive freestyle skiing venues throughout the state of Montana and Idaho, encouraging participants of all ages with emphasis on youth. Northern Division Freestyle offers organized US Ski Association sanctioned events in all of the freestyle disciplines: Moguls, Dual Moguls, Terrain Park events, Big Air events. Competing in these Northern Division events is the first step for our Montana athletes towards a spot on the U.S. Freestyle Team and the U.S. Olympic Team. The money from the card was used to purchase an insulated 5 person tent that will be used for the scorekeeper and electronic equipment, a 22 inch scoop shovel that will keep the jumps safe throughout the events, 5 bundles of flags used for building mogul courses and an ice anchor drill adapter.

Curt Hammond

Recipient

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Mike Hasting brought us this gift card at just the right time - March is the annual fundraising campaign to help fund Meals on Wheels in Missoula County. $500 will go a long way to secure meals for a disabled, elderly person in our community who may otherwise have gone hungry. Meals on Wheels provides more than 250 meals each day to our neighbors in need, but that's not all. Mike was adamant that his donation was to be in honor of the 70 volunteer drivers who take the meals to the homebound clients in every type of weather Montana can throw at us. He knows that the clients will likely not see another person that day - or any day - if not for the driver's visit with their meal. Drivers know this too and take extra care to make sure each client is doing well - we call it a 'check-in' - and it has literally saved lives.

We at Missoula Aging Services serve many people who are living in our town independently with dementia. the Meals on Wheel's driver check-in is essential to their safety. They have no family or friends to check to make sure everything is alright, so our volunteers provide that very important task. They know this too and take their responsibility very seriously. They are trained to alert us if the client is having trouble, or if their door goes unanswered. From there, we may contact their family or emergency support (if they have one) or the MCPD for a wellness check.

So meals aren't the only good thing Mike's donation will support! He supports kindness, caring and dedicated service to those who cannot care for themselves. The volunteer drivers thank you for the "Pay it forward" program, as do the clients and staff here at Missoula Aging Services.