About Us

Since 2001, showing a proven approach to addressing critical issues, Angel Foundation™ has distributed more than $14 million in emergency financial assistance and provided over 54,000 program services to local adults with cancer and their families. Our Emergency Financial Assistance program remains the backbone of our mission.

Our Programs

The Emergency Financial Assistance program provides grants for basic, non-medical needs that relieve immediate financial concerns.

Financial Cancer Care offers workshops and one-on-one meetings with a Social Worker and a Pro Bono Certified Financial Planner™ to help avoid the potentially devastating effects of cancer-related financial toxicity.

Adult and Family Programs educate adults about how to talk to children about cancer and help children understand what cancer is using evidence-based research to provide accurate and easily digestible information.

In 1964, a 16-year-old star athlete and student named Jim Deming died of leukemia. He left behind a grieving family, a best friend named Mark Sborov, and a special girlfriend named Margie Lade. They were never told about Jim’s diagnosis; and even more heartbreaking, they were never able to say goodbye to their best friend before he died. Jim’s parents knew his condition was terminal but decided not to tell their son that he was dying. Instead, they told him he was sick and was getting weaker because of a blood disorder. They told Mark and Margie and their parents the truth, that Jim had leukemia. “I’ll never forget the day he died,” Margie recalls. “It’s been over 50 years, but it still feels like it just happened yesterday.”

Over time, Mark and Margie grew closer because of the experience they had shared. Nobody else understood it – the grief of losing someone so young and that they cared so much about. Their relationship evolved into much more, and before their senior year of college, Mark and Margie married, and following graduation, Mark started medical school.

Oncology and cancer became passions for Mark. To be able to talk to patients about their experiences, both living with cancer and dying from cancer. To be able to sit down with patients and really connect with them, help them, and be there for them. Following Mark’s residency and the birth of two children, Margie knew that she wanted to be involved in the field of cancer as well. She created a role as a patient advocate and saw first-hand the issues that cancer patients faced and the heartbreaking decisions they had to make. “Do I skip treatment so I can pay my rent?” “Should I cut my medication in half and hope it still works so that I can afford groceries to feed my family?” Recognizing patients often had nowhere to turn for help, Margie and Mark felt compelled to start a non-profit organization that could offer financial assistance for basic, non-medical needs to adult cancer patients and their families.

In 2005, a program for children who had a parent or loved one with cancer was created, when it became apparent that financial concerns were only part of the stress and uncertainty families face. Originally a year-long educational support program, Angel Foundation’s™ Adult and Family Program (AFP) has evolved to have a broader focus, offering educational and emotional support to both individuals and families. Making Memories provides opportunities for families to attend sporting events, theater productions, and other fun activities. A cancer diagnosis can limit finances for extras like entertainment and dining out. Angel Foundation™ understands the importance of spending time together and finding everyday moments of joy during an extremely challenging time. Online and in-person Education Courses are available for all ages on topics like nutrition, managing chronic pain, staying active, and much more. Angel Packs™ are age-appropriate kits for parents and children to help adults talk to children about cancer and help children understand what cancer is using evidence-based research to deliver accurate and easily digestible information. Family Camp Angel is a traditional day camp that provides a perfect blend of serious and silly activities for the entire family.

In 2019 Angel Foundation™ developed the Financial Cancer Care program (FCC). Patients and caregivers connect with a Social Worker and a Pro Bono Certified Financial Planner™ through educational workshops and one-on-one meetings. The goal of the program is to create a road map for patients to help decrease anxiety about managing finances as they navigate the potentially devastating effects of cancer-related financial toxicity. This program also connects patients to additional support options and resources.

From the very beginning Angel Foundation’s™ mission has been to offer relief to adults with cancer and their loved ones through financial assistance, education, and emotional support. As founders, Margie and Mark Sborov remain as passionate today about helping individuals and families facing cancer as they were in 1964.

Melonie Allyn-Schwerin

Senior Data Analyst
612-627-9000 ext. 501

DeAnne Anderson

Senior Executive Assistant and Operations
612-627-9000 ext. 503

Dave Becker

President & CEO
612-627-9000 ext. 504

Norah Cooper

VP of Mission Delivery
(612) 627-9000 ext. 502

Bri Hager

Program Coordinator
612-627-9000 ext. 514

Erica Hollom

Director of Individual Giving and Special Events
612-627-9000 ext. 506

Maddy Lamers

Development & Communications Associate
612-627-9000 ext. 508

Holly Muhammad

Director of Outreach and Adult & Family Programs
612-627-9000 ext. 509

Jeff Ohaju

Development Coordinator
612-627-9000 ext. 505

Jim Thrubis

Corporate Relations Manager
612-627-9000 ext. 510

Kathy Tolo

Vice President of Development
612-627-9000 ext. 516

Dr. Uzma Ali

Medical Oncologist
Minnesota Oncology Hematology, PA

Marc Baer

Destinatum Consulting

Cindy Blackstock

Co-founder and CEO
SIVO Insights

Kristen Farnsworth

Strategic Account Executive

Kirstie Foster

President & Founder
Board Chair
Foster Modern PR, LLC

Whitney Greene-Nymo

Former Executive Director, Strategic Program Development
Stanford Cancer Institute

Todd Hedtke

CEO, Allianz Investment Management and SVP and Chief Investment Officer, Allianz Life

Lisa Horgeshimer

Senior Manager, Global Merchant Services
American Express

Ken Horstman

Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer
University of Minnesota

Sandy Jones

Senior Director, Healthcare | Client Partner

Marcy Keckler

Vice President of Financial Advice Strategy
Vice Chair
Ameriprise Financial

Stephanie Kennelly

Program Coordinator, Center for Genome Engineering
University of Minnesota

Amanda Knutson

Vice President, Growth and Operations
Launch My Health

Kristin LeBre

Employment Law Counsel

Ashley MacHolda

Senior Strategic Alliance Manager

Beth Monsrud

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Amy Rewey

Vice President, Business Transformation
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

Tom Rheineck

MR Instruments, Inc.

Margie Sborov

Angel Foundation

Glynis Schons

Sales Enablement Principal
Allianz Life

Scott Schufman

South Country Health Alliance

Caitlyn Squire

Manager of Patient Support and Education for Cancer Care

Through the power of corporate social responsibility, Angel Investors are transforming our ability to expand our reach and impact even more cancer patients across the state.

Angel Investors are part of an exclusive group that uses corporate and individual investments to offset the financial distress experienced by many cancer patients. Angel Investors’ commitments are bold. Their charitable giving is transformational, and their support will be critical in expanding Angel Foundation’s™ capacity and geographic reach.

To learn more about Angel Investors, please contact Jim Thrubis, Angel Foundation’s Corporate Relations Manager, at jthrubis@mnangel.org.

Thank you to our Angel Investors:

Dr. Mark & Margie Sborov – Tim & Jan Maudlin – Butch Ames

Federal Tax ID: 41-1990883

Angel Foundation™ is a unique, patient-focused organization that relies primarily on private donations and grants. Contributions to Angel Foundation™ help support adults with cancer and their families, living in or receiving treatment in the seven-county Twin Cities metro area. Donations fund emergency financial assistance and family support programs. Thank you for your support of Angel Foundation™. We honor the trust you have placed in us and are committed to spending your gift responsibly.

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Angel Foundation™ is proud to meet the Accountability standards of the Charities Review Council, be a Four Star Rated Charity by Charity Navigator and a GuideStar Gold Participant.

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