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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 »

 

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Words of Truth Offer Hope

When first diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Lori was devastated since many of her family members have had cancer and she was so young. Read Lori’s story of hope »

 

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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Gift of a Lifetime

“This is one of the biggest gifts I have ever received: one I could never put a price tag on.” Read Dorothy’s story about her stay at the Walsh Family Village »

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 »

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The Power of Prayer

Her accident was a life-changing event, but in some ways, Elizabeth claims it has caused her to appreciate life more.” Read Elizabeth’s full story »

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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 »

Kendon

Braveheart

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 »

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.