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Yellow Rose Week Set for June 1-5, 2020

May 28, 2020 08:52AM ● By MED Magazine

The Suzanne Jacobson Memorial Fund Committee has designated June 1-5, 2020 as Yellow Rose Week in northeastern South Dakota. Yellow Rose Week is the primary means of financing the Suzanne Jacobson Memorial Fund (SJMF), a service of the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation. The SJMF provides grants to people within our region who have been diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses and are in need of financial assistance due to a medical crisis.

Since its inception in 1999, the SJMF has provided approximately $382,538.00 through 762 grants. 

Suzanne Jacobson spent her adult life as a physician’s assistant positively impacting the lives of many through her care and professionalism. She lost a battle with cancer in 1998. Her family and friends established this fund to honor her memory.

Applications are confidentially reviewed by a local committee. Grants provide assistance with the cost of medications, transportation, rent, utilities, and groceries. 

The breakdown for grants in each county is as follow:

Codington County: 394 grants
Clark County: 45 grants
Hamlin County: 44 grants
Grant County: 69 grants
Deuel County: 43 grants
Roberts County: 101 grants
Day County: 40 grants
Traverse County:   3 grants
Watonwan:   3 grants
Lac qui Parle County:   4 grants
Kingsbury County:   3 grants
Big Stone County:   6 grants
Brookings County:   1 grant
Marshall County:   1 grant
Yellow Medicine Co.   2 grants
Richland County:   1 grant
Minnehaha County:   2 grants

‘With a diagnosis of esophageal cancer, I went through chemo and radiation. This eradicated the tumor. With the removal of my esophagus, I am cancer free. Thank you so much for your kindness and help through this difficult time. It helped so much. -2018 SJMF grant recipient

Typically yellow roses and bouquets are sold by dedicated volunteers at local businesses in communities throughout the region.  This year Yellow Rose Week was adapted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in an effort to still raise funds for those in need with a life threatening illness.  

We are selling vinyl yellow rose decals for $10.00 each and/or offering the delivery of a virtual yellow rose e-card for a $10 donation made to “SJMF.”

Please visit our website at: to make a donation, select a yellow rose decal, or to send a virtual yellow rose e-card to brighten someone’s day!  

Payment can be made with credit card on our above website, or by phone by calling the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation at 882-7631.  Check payments may be made out to “SJMF” and can be mailed to the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation at:

401 9th Ave NW Watertown, SD 57201.  

If you would like to help the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation by selling the vinyl yellow roses at your place of business, please contact Lisa Dahl, Executive Director at 882-7631. 

 We appreciate your past support and ask for your continued support as we need your help now, more than ever!