Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara (MHA) Nation Chairman Mark N. Fox’s office has presented the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) with over $60,000 raised from the Ice Water Warrior Plunge. The event, organized and spearheaded by Chairman Fox, raised nearly $90,000. AICAF and the local Women’s Way Cancer Awareness program received its proceeds.
The American Indian Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing cancer in Native American communities. The organization works with community-based programs to provide Native Americans with access to cancer prevention and treatment strategies.
The organization also strives to bring attention to the high rates of cancer among Native Americans, and to increase the availability of cancer-related data and solutions. Chairman Fox has served two full terms on the AICAF board since Oct. 2014, and will complete his final term in Oct. 2020.
Since elected tribal Chairman, Fox has dedicated his administration to helping fight cancer in Indian Country. The annual winter plunge into Lake Sakakawea serves as a fundraiser for AICAF, and also raises awareness for the organization’s mission. Chairman Fox’s office organizes and hosts the event.
During last winter’s Ice Water Warrior Plunge, AICAF’s Chief Executive Officer Kris Rhodes joined in the fun and leapt into frigid Lake Sakakawea. Other participants took the leap in honor of loved ones who have battled cancer. Several tribal programs, including Elbowoods Memorial Health Center staff, also took part in the Ice Water Warrior Plunge.
The event raised nearly $90,000, with over $60,000 granted to AICAF and the remainder given to the local Women’s Way Cancer Awareness program. Women’s Way seeks to reduce breast and cervical cancer mortality, providing early detection through screenings.
Cheyannea Hart, Chairman Fox’s Public Relations and Special Events Coordinator, presented the fundraiser proceeds to AICAF at the organization’s annual Powwow for Hope.