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The Gift of Time campaign

Give the gift of time ... time for patients and their families facing the end of life to be together and live each day to its fullest potential, surrounded in love, compassion and comfort. 

These are the goals of the Gift of Time campaign, an effort to raise $15 million to bring a new in-patient, acute-level hospice facility to the Sioux Falls region.

While the fundraising campaign has made great strides, hospice patients and their families are counting on the power of philanthropy to continue to push the effort forward.

Read why others are giving to the Gift of Time.

The Gift of time fundraising goal

About Ava's House by Sanford

Ava's HouseThe facility, to be named Ava’s House by Sanford, will provide 24-hour nursing care to patients of all ages in a home-like environment. It will ensure that patients have a comforting place to turn when symptoms and pain are beyond the scope of care currently provided at the Sanford Hospice Cottages or delivered in the hospital, long-term care facilities or in-home settings.

Honoring its namesake, Ava Holder, who passed away at 4 years old after a courageous battle against cancer, Ava’s House will also offer one of only four in-patient pediatric hospice programs in the country.

The Timeline

May 25, 2016 — Groundbreaking Celebration
Fall 2017 — Facility opens to patients of all ages

Ava’s Story

Ava's HouseAva Holder spent most of her young life courageously fighting stage 4 neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. She was diagnosed at 18 months old and spent more than three years in and out of clinics across the country.

Eventually, as Ava’s fragile body began to shut down, her family brought her to a pediatric hospice facility near their home in Arizona. The staff at the in-patient child-focused hospice facility embraced the 4-year-old and her family during her final days.

It was through the heartache of Ava’s passing that her great aunt and uncle, Joanne and Ron Moquist, found inspiration to make a significant lead gift to the Gift of Time campaign, inspiring the name Ava’s House by Sanford.

Join us

Whether you have been personally touched by hospice or simply want to make a difference for families across our region facing this very vulnerable time of life, please join us and give the Gift of Time.

To learn more about Gift of Time or to make a gift, please contact Amy Bruns at (605) 312-6742 or; Sue Salter at (605) 312-6759 or; or Lisa Karsky at (605) 312-6745 or

Posted Date: March 2017