About Us

Angel Foundation is a Twin Cities-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to provide support to local adults with cancer and their families. For more than fifteen years, our programs have helped families facing cancer find more everyday moments of joy.

Our Mission

Through an innovative and integrated approach of financial assistance, education and support, Angel Foundation helps adults with cancer and their families so that they may live life well with stability, strength and resilience.

Our Programs

The Emergency Financial Assistance program provides financial support to adults in active treatment for cancer, living in or treated in the seven-county Twin Cities area. This program assists with non-medical basic needs such as groceries, gas, utilities and housing payments. The Facing Cancer Together program gives parents and caregivers the tools they need to parent through cancer. Kid-friendly activities provide education, emotional support and social experiences for the entire family.

Since 2001, showing a proven approach to addressing critical issues, Angel Foundation has distributed more than $8 million in emergency financial assistance and provided nearly 30,000 program services to local adults with cancer and their families.

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, and a very special girlfriend named Margie. While Jim lay dying, Mark promised him that he would work in the field of cancer, and that he would always take care of Margie.

Right before their senior year of college, Mark and Margie married, and following graduation, Mark started medical school. His specialty: oncology. 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 for cancer patients and was able to see first hand many of the issues that cancer patients face and the heartbreaking decisions many have to make. “Do I buy my medication or do I pay my rent?” “Should I cut my medication in half and hope it works so that I can afford groceries to feed my family?” Others may consider, “Should I stop treatment and try to go back to work to help with expenses?” The requests continued, and with nowhere to turn to help these families, Margie felt compelled to start a non-profit organization that would meet these needs for adult cancer patients and their families.

 

Angel Foundation is Born

In 2001, with funds from the doctors in her husband’s oncology practice – Minnesota Oncology Hematology P.A. – (now Minnesota Oncology) Angel Foundation was born. Since its inception, Angel Foundation has provided millions of dollars in non-medical emergency financial assistance so families struggling with a cancer diagnosis don’t have to face another set of worries.

 

Facing Cancer Together

In 2005, a program for children who have a parent or grandparent with cancer was created. This year-long educational support program, called Facing Cancer Together, has evolved to have a family focus, helping families gain understanding, strength and hope as they face the challenges of cancer together. It has proved to be invaluable, as many young participants have realized in the program that “they didn’t cause their mom’s cancer.”

Margie continues to be involved as founder of Angel Foundation, and Mark is an advisor. Both are as passionate and committed today to helping cancer families as they were in 1964.

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Natasha Carter
Donor Relations Director
ncarter@mnangel.org
612-627-9000 ext. 509

Kim Douglas
Emergency Financial Assistance Coordinator
kdouglas@mnangel.org
612-627-9000 ext. 513

Louise Nemmers
Office Manager
lnemmers@mnangel.org
612-627-9000 ext. 503

Jennifer Kielas
Emergency Financial Assistance Director
jkielas@mnangel.org
612-627-9000 ext. 502

Dave Becker
President & CEO
dbecker@mnangel.org
612-627-9000 ext. 504

Sarah Manes, MS, CCLS
Vice President of Programs and Community Relations
smanes@mnangel.org
612-627-9000 ext. 508

Kathy Tolo
Vice President of Development
ktolo@mnangel.org
612-627-9000 ext. 516

Aleah Van Horne
Development Coordinator
avanhorne@mnangel.org
612-627-9000 ext. 501

Len Rubel
Marketing Manager
lrubel@mnangel.org
612-627-9000 ext. 510

Emily Rezac
Facing Cancer Together (FCT) Program Manager
erezac@mnangel.org
612-627-9000 ext. 507

Erica Hollom
Events & Volunteer Manager
ehollom@mnangel.org
612-627-9000 ext. 506

Dawn M. Kessler, Chair

S. Vincent O’Brien, Vice-Chair
Business Executive

Dan Weninger, Treasurer 
Vice President Commercial Banking
MidCountry Bank

Mary C. Cook, PharmD, Secretary
Retired Clinical Pharmacist

Margie Sborov, Founder
Angel Foundation

Dean Gesme, MD, Advisor
Minnesota Oncology

Mark Sborov, MD, Advisor
Minnesota Oncology

Karin Bultman
Chief Product Officer
Learn to Live, Inc.

Catherine Casey, MD
Oncologist
Minnesota Oncology

Cindy Chandler
Corporate Officer and Managing Director
Wheless Partners

Molly Gantz
Senior Director, Talent & Development, Corporate Technology
Thomson Reuters

James Kent
Chief Operating Officer
FocusStart LLC

Shelly Lucas
Director, Institutional Giving
Greater Twin Cities United Way

Yvette Mullen
Community Volunteer

Steve Phillips
Attorney
Anthony Ostlund Baer & Louwagie P.A.