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Guardian Angels Watching Over Us

Angel Stories

Few things in life are more important than health. Each gift to Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center furthers our mission of providing quality care to patients and their families while supporting our community. Because of you, we are privileged to help people through some of life's most important moments. Take a moment to read how your gift changes lives.

A Place to Stay, a Place to Pray

Wearing his pajamas, a grateful Robert Stack renewed his wedding vows to long-time wife Christine after she received a bone marrow transplant. Read their full story »

Lisa Ladenburger

Diagnosed with Inspiration

Lisa Ladenburger's breast cancer diagnosis inspired her to further her education, open a business and ultimately, change the lives of other women affected by the disease. Find out more »

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Miss Congeniality

After suffering life-threatening injuries from a roll-over car accident, her recovery has proven to be one competition after another. Read Kaitlynn’s story »

Hope and Healing

Families like the Horstmeyers have relied on the expertise of Avera physicians for over a decade. Read their story of hope and healing >>

Piper Blomker

Love at First Sight

Weighing a mere 14 ounces, baby Piper was not much bigger than a can of soda when she was born. Read how Piper’s overcoming obstacles »

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Little Miracle

A rollercoaster ride; that’s how Nadia describes her life since giving birth to her son Christopher. Read his full story of inspiration »

A Holiday Miracle

She received the diagnosis of colon cancer but is reponding to a treatment used for skin cancer. Learn how vital cancer research is saving this young mom's life >>



Most six-year-olds can’t wait for a trip to Disneyland. For Kendon, he couldn’t wait for a new heart. Read more of his story of triumph and braveness »

A Peaceful Journey

Their lives read like a love story. But cancer had a different plan. Read their story and lear how gifts to the Dougherty Hospice House made their journey peaceful >>

About the Program

The Guardian Angel program allows grateful patients and families to honor health care workers, staff and volunteers through honor, recognition and financial support. This program provides our patients and their families with the opportunity to show their appreciation in a way that assures future patients will continue to receive outstanding care.

How to Honor Your Guardian Angel

Gifts made to honor a Guardian Angel may be directed to a specific program or facility that was paramount in your experience with us or have special significance to you and your family. If you would like to honor your Guardian Angel, donate online now.