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When Feb 27th rolls around each year, Andy Heisel’s thoughts turn toward his mom, Roslyn “Roxy” Heisel. Specifically, he contemplates what to get her for her birthday.
But this year was bittersweet. Roxy succumbed to cancer on March 11, 2020. The 65-year-old Virginia resident was a bookkeeper for Northwoods Construction from 1991 until her passing. She had previously worked as a receptionist at the East Range Clinic. Roxy was active with the Virginia Elks Club Auxiliary and Holy Spirit Catholic Church. She and her husband enjoyed their summers on Crane Lake and traveling. Christmas was her favorite time of year and family traditions were very important to her.
She left behind a husband, two sons and daughters-in-law, and two granddaughters, among other relatives.
Andy was not looking forward to this Feb 27th, nor March 11th. With the dates less than two weeks apart, both days proved difficult. Yet Andy wanted to — needed to — do something for mom.
Then an angel intervened.
Andy, as owner of Northwoods Construction Inc., received a letter from the Angel Fund in mid-February. The letter was part of Angel Fund’s Rock for an Angel sponsorship campaign, which took the place of the annual bonspiel fundraiser that was canceled due to COVID.
Angel Fund is an all-volunteer nonprofit that offers financial assistance to Northeastern Minnesota residents facing cancer for expenses not covered by insurance. Andy recognized the nonprofit’s name as having provided financial assistance to Roxy during her battle with cancer.
“I am glad that the letter came across my desk at the time it did,” said Andy. “My mother’s birthday was on Feb. 27th, and normally I would be thinking of something to get her for her birthday.”
The letter was his answer.
Andy and Northwoods Construction Inc. made a $1,000 donation to Angel Fund in Roxy’s honor. It was his birthday present to mom — a legacy of a loved one gone too soon.
“It feels nice to feel like I was able to do something this year with a donation to the Angel Fund,” said Andy.
Angel Fund President Kelly Grinsteinner said she became emotional when she learned of the donation. She was unaware of the connection and moved by Andy’s story when he provided details.
“I got choked up when Andy shared his wishes and his love for his mom,” said Grinsteinner. “His generosity is huge, and his heart is even bigger. We are humbled and honored to welcome Andy and Northwoods Construction Inc. into our family of donors.”
Gifts like this are especially meaningful this year due to the ongoing pandemic, she added. It also gives Angel Fund board members a renewed sense of hope.
Andy noted that the Heisel family is grateful for the support provided by the Fund in the past and is happy to be paying it forward in the form of helping area cancer patients.
“Because of this support, the lives of several persons with cancer will be directly impacted in a positive way,” said Grinsteinner. “Angel Fund would not be able to do its work without the incredible support of Andy and people like him.”
Maybe – just maybe – the angel that intervened was Roxy.
“Happy birthday, Mom,” said Andy. “You are loved, you are missed!” Rock for an Angel donations are still being accepted.
This article also appeared in the April 9th edition of Hometown Focus: https://www.hometownfocus.us/articles/creating-moms-legacy/
\Gina Seichter, owner of Chalky & Company- Hibbing, MN. Range Chalky Designs, will host a Paint & Sip Fundraiser for the Angel Fund in April.
“One of my main goals is to better serve my community and give back, which is why I decided that my first painting workshop as a small business owner needed to be a fundraiser for something near and dear to my heart, the Angel Fund,” said Seichter.
The in-person event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at Valentini’s Supper Club in Chisholm, which has generously donated the use of their venue for this event. Attendance will be limited to the first 25 paid participants.
“This will be an instructor led workshop. No previous painting experience required,” she explained. “I will guide you step by step, so you can go home with a completed décor piece you will be proud to say you created.”
The workshop, including all painting instruction, will also be streamed live on Facebook for virtual attendance. Message Gina for this option. There are 8 home décor painting bundles to choose from, ranging from $35-$65.
Pictures and project descriptions are listed on the FB event page and under “Angel Fund Fundraiser” on her website www.rangechalky.com. Many projects have multiple stencil choices.
Orders must be placed on the website. Credit card & PayPal accepted. Use Messenger from the website for any order questions or issues.
A portion of the funds raised through this event will go to Angel Fund.
LVC Companies’ Hibbing office is honored to support the Angel Fund’s mission to provide financial assistance to Northeastern Minnesota residents battling cancer.
The life safety, security and communications provider recently donated $250 to the organization’s Rock for an Angel campaign. Rock for an Angel was created to replace critical funding normally raised through an annual curling event that was cancelled due to COVID-19.
“We’re ecstatic to welcome LVC Companies to our family of donors,” said Angel Fund president Kelly Grinsteinner. “We’re very thankful for the donation, which will go directly to local cancer patients.”
Based in Hibbing and founded in 2011, the non-profit, all-volunteer charity has provided more than $500,000 to over 1,500 area residents.
“LVC has a long tradition of supporting charities and giving back to our local community,” said Corey Kangas of LVC’s Hibbing operations. “Due to COVID-19, the Angel Fund faced donation shortfalls and we were proud to make a contribution that will help them send financial support and messages of hope to Northeast Minnesota residents fighting cancer.”
For more information on the Angel Fund or make a donation, visit angelfundrange.org.