The Foundation Covers Mortgage During Chemo

I am so grateful to the Anderson Assistance Foundation for all the help they have given me since my cancer diagnosis back in January of 2021.

I had to miss a ton of work days and used all of my PTO  and still missed another 30+ days of work with no pay due to all the days of chemotherapy infusions. We were still okay, but my great coworkers (Jay J. and Christy C.) still applied to the Foundation without my knowledge. I thought we still could handle all the bills with what we had in savings but you really don’t want to tap into that if there is a choice.

As it went, the Foundation approved the application and, in turn, paid two months’ worth of the mortgage on our home. We were overwhelmed by this gesture and very grateful for the generosity!

My wife, Holly, still talks about how much stress was taken off our shoulders with the help we received from the Foundation. We still feel so truly blessed and grateful for their help through the toughest time in my life.

  • Brian W.

Unexpected loss means unexpected expenses

I lost my husband in early 2020. During the hardest time in my life, the Anderson Assistance Foundation (the Foundation) was there to help. I didn’t know if I would be able to cover my expenses at the time and thanks to the Foundation I was able to.

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that has donated to the Foundation. It really helped in my greatest time of need.

– Denise Phillips

Helping cover living expenses following Iowa derecho

My family and I were recently impacted by the derecho in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Thanks to the Anderson Assistance Foundation, we were able to cover our living expenses during the month following the storm.

Your support allowed us to focus all of our energy on cleaning up our property. It was a huge relief for us and helped to lighten our load. We appreciate your generous support and are so grateful for the foundation.

– Anonymous

During hard time, the Foundation came through

I was going through a hard time in my life and I needed to move. During that process, my car decided that it was time to cause problems. Between the costly car repairs and finding a place to live, things were becoming increasingly stressful. I didn’t know where to turn to.

Thankfully my coworkers understood my troubles and introduced me to the Anderson Assistance Foundation. With their support, I was able to find and begin living in my new apartment.

I am truly grateful to Anderson Trucking Service and the Anderson Assistance Foundation. I am not sure what I would have done if it wasn’t for this company and its foundation helping me in my time of need.

– Anonymous

Helping keep the focus on recovery following basketball injury

It was time for SunBelt Furniture Xpress Warehouse Employee Chris S.’ family reunion and that meant a family basketball tournament. Chris said he was going up for a rebound during one of the games, came down a little funny and tweaked his knee.

He thought he dislocated his knee, but it turned out he tore ligaments around his knee cap and required surgery. Doctors said that would put him out of work for several months.

While Chris was working through the recovery process, he approached his manager about Short-Term Disability options. While his manager said there wasn’t a disability option that fit his needs at the time, the Anderson Assistance Foundation (the Foundation) would be a good option for Chris.

“I was like, is this for real?” Chris said.

His manager convinced him it was, in fact, for real. After submitting his information, the Foundation helped Chris cover rent and utility payments for a couple of months so he could focus on recovering his knee.

“It helped me out a whole lot. A whole lot,” Chris said.

Chris is now back at work for SunBelt and said he is even running a little. He hopes to be back in basketball shape in the near future.

“The Foundation is a huge, huge help,” Chris said. “I really, really appreciate it.”

Covering unexpected medical bills

On September 16, 2019, we received a call no parent wants to hear. Sawyer, a happy, energetic 3-year-old, had a seizure at daycare. It’s a call we will never forget.

We rushed him to St. Cloud Hospital Emergency Room after we picked him up. When we first saw him, it looked like he had just seen a ghost — white as a sheet and couldn’t talk. We were scared as to what had happened and what the outcome would be. After finding out that his blood results came back fine, the hospital sent us home on a strict 24-hour watch. If he had another episode then we would be flown down to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. Thankfully, that never happened and we were in the clear.

The following Wednesday, the 18th, we met with a pediatric neurologist. She did her testing and we were told Sawyer would need to continue to be on close watch. We had a follow-up on the 19th with his primary doctor to have him looked at for a third time to make sure nothing was missed. He would need an MRI and EEG the following week. We had no idea what to expect, let alone what was going to happen.

On the morning of the 26th, we woke up and Sawyer asked why dad (Bryce) was still home and why grandma was there. We headed to the hospital about 6:30 in the morning for check-in at 7:15. After exploring the room and getting checked in the Pediatric ICU department, we could finally breathe and get settled for the day. He was very interested in the mini toilet that was located in the room. He got right up on the bed and started to play with the toys we had brought with. He had no idea what was going on.

The nurses and doctors started to come in to get him prepped to be put under. First, they used a numbing medication on his hands for the IVs to be inserted. After those were placed, we were brought down to the MRI. They placed us in a small room while the Pediatric doctor was there to monitor Sawyer. He was then put to sleep shortly after. He did excellent during the MRI. 25 minutes later, they brought him and back up to the Pediatric ICU department. He looked lifeless — not moving — and peaceful. Once back in the room, they began the EEG test. It took about an hour.

After a long stressful day, the results came back fine. We were told one in 10 toddlers have a pediatric seizure for no reason.

Being a part of the Freightliner Team for less than a year and being able to apply for help with the Anderson Assistant Foundation helped cover bills that we had not expected. Thank you.

– Jennifer W.

Ensuring a grieving family could properly say goodbye

Losing a loved one, especially your mother, is a difficult reality most of us have faced or will face in our lifetime. While your loved one is in and out of treatments in the hospital, you don’t really have time to plan for the inevitable. You want them to get better and that’s what all your time and energy goes into. Then it happens and they’re gone forever. Now comes the difficult part for the surviving family members: Funeral cost. It’s difficult to do, especially while grieving for your loved one. That’s where the Anderson Assistance Foundation really stepped up for my family and immensely helped us in our time of need and grieving to make sure our loved one had a proper burial. We are forever thankful for the help they sent to us.

– Roel L.

VIDEO: Hattie’s Story: Assistance helps family following surgery

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Our daughter, Hattie, was born February 15, 2019 with trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) along with a heart defect. Her particular defect is known as a complete balanced Atrioventricular (AV) canal defect. This would require open-heart surgery at three months old. On May 21, 2019, Hattie underwent surgery at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

Overall, the surgery went well. It was a very long day because the surgery took a total of about 12 hours, so we were glad to see her after. Her recovery, however, is where we hit a lot of speed bumps. Our hospital stay ended up being over six weeks long and they originally estimated a 5-10 day recovery. She ended up going in for two more procedures, a Heart Catheterization to inspect the repair that was made and a Gastrostomy feeding tube (G-tube) placement surgery. These were performed to assist on her road to recovery.

We cannot thank the Anderson Assistance Foundation enough for their donation to our family. Because of it, we were able to spend over a week in a hotel. Living and sleeping in a hospital room can take a toll on you mentally and physically. Having this escape at night was just the thing we needed to be able to reset as parents from the long days in the hospital.

Hattie has been home for a few months now and is thriving. She is smiling and laughing every day. She has been an amazing first child for us and we couldn’t ask for a sweeter daughter. Thank you to everyone that has kept us in their thoughts and prayers.

Thank you again Anderson Assistance Foundation!

We appreciate it more than words!

Tim, Ashley & Baby Hattie

Foundation helps cover living expenses following hardship

It was a normal commute to work for ATS Shop Employee Tom S. and his girlfriend Haley F., also an ATS Employee. That was until they were approaching a stop sign, when suddenly Tom had a seizure.

When he initially came to, he was in a significant amount of pain, leading to him falling in and out of consciousness several more times. When he finally stayed conscious for a while, he learned he broke five vertebrae from the neck down and broke both of his shoulders. Tom needed a spinal fusion to repair the damage done by his seizure.

The injury caused Tom to miss time at work, leading to one less paycheck to cover the costs at home. While Tom had heard of the Anderson Assistance Foundation (the Foundation), he didn’t think his injury fit the criteria. Luckily, Haley did. She applied on Tom’s behalf, which led to the Foundation covering a portion of their living expenses to help them through the hardship.

“I was really grateful,” Tom said. “It helped us so much.”

Tom said the doctor told him he wouldn’t be able to do manual labor for the foreseeable future, which was a key part of his job. That’s why he said the assistance from the Foundation meant so much.

“Something that may seem so small to the Foundation was really big for us,” Tom said.