Close-knit communities never seem to fail when it comes to kindness and generosity for a family in need. When Anders (Andy) Christensen was diagnoses with cancer in November, the community rallied.
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Anders, a long-time maintenance worker with Western Horizons Living Center, began a treatment regiment in Bismarck shortly after his diagnosis. After seven rounds of treatment they returned home. At a follow up appointment in January the doctor said he wasn’t responding, and that their options had virtually been exercised.
When the community found out about Andy’s prognosis, they stepped up to help the family in any way they could.
Growing up in Denmark, Christensen and his wife were always brought up to take care of themselves and weren’t ones to reach out for help. So when they were first approached about a fundraising bake sale, they were a little apprehensive.
“We didn’t really want anything,” Enger Christensen said.
Unable to get past the friendly persuasion, a bake sale was held with the proceeds going to benefit Andy and Inger.
The bake sale—and the resulting funds—was just one way the community has chipped in.
Enger Christensen said help has come from all different avenues, even in the form of dog sitting while they were away getting Andy his treatments.
Enger works at the hospital as a CNA, and her coworkers have been kind enough to donate their vacation, and sick time, so Enger can have more time at home with her husband.
The Christensens were almost speechless when asked what the generosity has meant to the both of them. Growing up and not really experiencing this type of kindness, it has been quite an experience for the both of them. Both have been extremely grateful for what everyone has done for them during this time. “Everybody was just unreal,” Enger Christensen said.
On Halloween this past year the two celebrated 50 years of marriage, and they know they’ve had a good live together and are at peace with Andy’s prognosis.
They moved to the United States in 1978, and Hettinger in 1991, hoping to create a better life for them and their children. They believe they have, and with the support and generosity of those around them, the couple couldn’t begin to thank everyone for their help.