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Monsanto shirt sale raises $20K to help fight cancer

Representatives of Monsanto Co. in Waterman present a check for $20,879 to representatives of the Northwestern Medicine Center Cancer Center in DeKalb. Shown are (from left) Northwestern Medicine representatives Vickie Peyton, Jodi Diehl, Becky Earle, Kim Aldis, Alan Wan and Julie Burtch, as well as Monsanto representatives Angela Finnestad-Dickmann, Troy Dukes, Sharon Berg and Kellie Merchant.
Representatives of Monsanto Co. in Waterman present a check for $20,879 to representatives of the Northwestern Medicine Center Cancer Center in DeKalb. Shown are (from left) Northwestern Medicine representatives Vickie Peyton, Jodi Diehl, Becky Earle, Kim Aldis, Alan Wan and Julie Burtch, as well as Monsanto representatives Angela Finnestad-Dickmann, Troy Dukes, Sharon Berg and Kellie Merchant.

DeKALB – A T-shirt and hooded sweatshirt sale held by Monsanto Co. in Waterman raised more than $20,000 that will benefit patients with cancer in DeKalb County, according to a news release from Northwestern Medicine.

The release said that since 2012, the group of Monsanto employees has raised $48,877 for the Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Cancer Center. The fifth donation checked in at $20,879 and was by far the largest from Monsanto to date, said Kim Waterman, senior media relations specialist for Northwestern Medicine.

“We are like family here and cancer has touched us all in some way,” Monstanto representative Angela Finnestad-Dickmann said in the news release. “It is important for us to unite together as a team so no one has to fight alone.”

Waterman said the money isn’t earmarked for any specific purpose or program, but previous funds raised have gone toward numerous support groups, educational program and community outreach.

“We are so grateful for the ongoing support from the generous employees at Monsanto Company,” said Kim Aldis, the cancer center’s director of oncology services. “Not only are they raising funds to support community members with cancer, but their efforts also raise awareness which can help save lives.”

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