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Tuesday, September 30, 2014


A cancer center in South Dakota will bear the names of Coach Don Meyer and his wife Carmen, providing an enduring legacy for the legendary basketball coach and his primary caregiver. The Don and Carmen Meyer Center of Excellence will house the new Avera Cancer Institute at Avera St. Luke's Hospital in Aberdeen.

For those that were close to Coach Meyer, they know that the last few years of his life was dedicated to raising funds for the Center of Excellence as well as awareness for the mission of the facility.  And as only Coach can, he is continuing to pay it forward even after his passing. 

Carmen is continuing the goal of completing the facility and I am asking all of those who Coach Meyer has touched to please make a donation -- no matter how small.

The ground breaking for the center is going to be October 7. You can make a tax deductible donation in memory of Coach Meyer and it would be a tremendous way to honor him.

You can make a donation online or via mail by click this link.  Donation directions are on the right.

Take a few minutes to watch this video:

The following is a letter penned by Coach Meyer and Carmen before he passed:

Dear Friends:
The fight against cancer goes on, and there is no one we know who can say they have not been touched by this terrible illness. Whether it is a family member, a close friend or you, we are all affected differently, but the common thread that connects us is life altering.
Though this journey hasn’t been easy, we feel so fortunate to have the Avera Cancer Care Center right here in Aberdeen. Being able to get treatment close to home, family and friends has been an enormous blessing for us. Dr. Richard Conklin and his team are true professionals, and we know that we could not have received better care anywhere else.
Unfortunately, the need for the Avera Cancer Care Center continues to grow exponentially each year. There is not a day when the waiting, treatment and exam rooms are not overflowing with patients.
Your support can help our community step up the fight against cancer.
Please join us in supporting this campaign to construct the new Avera Cancer Institute of Aberdeen. We are confident that this initiative will build on the success and greatly improve the availability of services. We hope you will consider helping us.