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Diabetes Patient Assistance

Web posted October 24, 2023
A new program is now available to provide financial assistance to area residents with Type 1 Diabetes who are Cuyuna Regional Medical Center patients.

Brandon’s Wallet provides funds to those who need assistance with insulin, glucose testing supplies, and equipment. Assistance is also available toward fuel, accommodations, and other travel costs for children who need to go to Children’s Hospital in the Twin Cities for treatment because pediatric endocrinology is not available locally. Funds also provide Camp Needlepoint scholarships to area youth who reside within CRMC’s service area, approximately a 50-mile radius of Crosby. The camp is an educational, outdoor experience for youngsters with Type 1 Diabetes.

The limit of Brandon’s Wallet funds is up to $1,000 per patient annually. For more information or to apply for assistance visit https://www.cuyunamed.org/patients-guests/about-usdonate/areas-giving. CRMC’s Diabetes Education staff is also happy to assist residents, contact them at 218-545-4491.

The Wallet is in memory of Brandon Houge, formerly of Ironton who died from complications of diabetes at age 27. He was a graduate of Crosby- Ironton High School’s Class of 2006 and a graduate of the National School of Non-Destructive Testing. Houge was an employee of the Acuren Company in Duluth and the former manager of the Crosby Bar and Grill.

Brandon’s Wallet is supported through the annual Because of Brandon fund-raiser and individual donations. Donations to the Wallet may be made at https://e.givesmart.com/events/pDH/ or by contacting CRMC Foundation Coordinator Jennifer Podsiadly at 218-545-4455.

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