A Grateful Husband Makes a Difference for Hospice Care in Bismarck



Don Matejcek and his wife, Kathleen, were married more than 50 years. Pictures on a bulletin board in their home show them smiling on their 50th wedding anniversary, during two weddings of their grandsons and at other family gatherings.

Life changed once Kathleen was diagnosed with cancer.

“She’d gone through chemotherapy, radiation, surgeries, and then when the cancer reappeared, she just didn’t want to do it anymore,” Matejcek said. It made sense to him that she would be cared for in their home, which eased their stress and her pain. “Without hospice, I don’t know how we would’ve done it,” Matejcek said.

Sanford Hospice staff visited every morning and helped Kathleen by bathing her, dressing her and even fixing her hair. These services continued for 14 months until she died. “What a wonderful program,” Matejcek said. “These people that serve hospice, they’re not humans, they’re angels.”

Sanford Hospice enables patients in Bismarck and the five-county region to live at home, pain-free, surrounded by the people they love. In 2012, more than 140 patients and families benefitted from the services of Sanford Hospice in the Bismarck-Mandan region. Donors to Sanford Hospice help ensure medical services, emotional support and spiritual resources are available for patients and their families who are in the last stages of a serious illness.

To support Sanford Hospice in Bismarck, visit Bismarck.SanfordHealth.org/Foundation (Bismarck.SanfordHealth.org/Foundation) or call (701) 323-8450.

Posted Date: June 2013

A Grateful Husband Makes a Difference for Hospice Care in Bismarck

Don Matejcek and his wife, Kathleen, were married for more than 50 years, but life changed once she was diagnosed with cancer. Sanford Hospice assisted with their end-of-life wishes.