As we age, we often lose bone more quickly than we can replace it. Bone loss can lead to a disorder called osteoporosis, defined as reduced bone mass and poor bone quality. The disorder makes bones weak and prone to fracture. Each year in the United States, osteoporosis leads to approximately 2 million fractures.
Fractures of the spine and hip can lead to chronic pain, deformity, depression, disability, and even death. Half of the people who break a hip never regain the ability to walk without assistance, and a quarter need long term care.
Osteoporosis does not cause any symptoms. Most likely, you will not even know you have the condition until you break a bone unexpectedly.
Bone density tests measure how strong your bones are. Health care providers use these tests to both screen for and diagnose osteoporosis. The tests are important, because they can alert you to problems with your bones before you have a fracture.
Last year, we began raising funds for on-site bone density screening equipment at Sanford Canton-Inwood Medical Center. Thanks to generous donations and matching funds, we are over halfway to reaching our goal and being able to purchase the equipment for our local hospital.
With your help, we are confident we can bring this important testing tool to our community very soon. All donations, large and small, will bring us one step closer. Can we count on you?
The purpose of Canton-Inwood Area Health Foundation is to support projects that impact community health and inspire additional community investments in projects that benefit health and wellness opportunities.
Our goals include sustaining and improving health care in the Sanford Canton-Inwood service area; supporting Sanford Canton-Inwood Medical Center, Sanford Canton and Inwood Clinics and Sanford Hiawatha Heights assisted living, as important community assets. Some of our projects have included an ambulance, radiology and stress testing equipment and a donation that allowed the hospital to remodel and expand to meet community needs. Currently, we are raising funds to provide equipment necessary to offer osteoporosis screening locally.
We also provide financial assistance for the education of future health care professionals through annual scholarships. To date, we have given $36,000 in scholarships to local students. In addition, we offer grants annually to organizations that seek to improve the health and well-being of our community. We have provided over $190,000 in grants to community organizations for projects that benefit youth sports to senior fitness, AED equipment at local churches to quality of life projects for nursing home residents and much, much more.
Each year, we host a golf event to help raise funds to meet these goals. Our event this year will be July 26 at Hiawatha Golf Club. We would be grateful for any support that you can provide. Monetary gifts will be applied directly to our projects. Gift cards, tickets or merchandise are also very much appreciated as prizes. Of course, we
2019 Grant and Scholarship Applications
2019 Heart of the Community Grant and Health Care of Tomorrow Scholarship Applications are being accepted until April 1, 2019. Please visit the Apply for a Grant or Apply for a Scholarship pages for more information.
DATE CHANGED to APRIL 6: Register Now For Boys BB Tournament
The Canton-Inwood Area Health Foundation Shootout Tournament in Canton, SD, has been scheduled for April 6, 2019 at Canton High School. This tournament is for boys in grades 3-8. $135 team entry, 3 game guarantee, A/B divisions (if possible), paid referees, trophies for winning teams. Registration deadline: March 20, 2019.
Thank you to all the golf teams and sponsors that participated in our July fundraiser.
Join us for golf, fun, food and prizes at our 6th annual golf social Friday, July 20. 2018. Register your team today. Proceeds from the event help provide scholarships to local students who are entering health care careers.
2018 Registration Form
In an effort to support the future of health care, Canton-Inwood Area Health Care Foundation awards scholarships annually to deserving students who are pursuing an education in health care.
The 2018 Health Care of Tomorrow Scholarships have been awarded to Cole Hennies, Karoline Klingensmith, Jordyn Kramer, McKenzie Krogmann, Landon Renli and Lauren VandeKamp.
Hennies, Krogmann and Renli are 2018 graduates of Canton High School. Hennies plans to attend Augustana University and major in biology. Krogmann will attend South Dakota State University where she plans to pursue a degree in nursing. Renli plans to study communication science disorders at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
Klingensmith, Kramer and VandeKamp are 2018 graduates of West Lyon High School. Klingensmith will attend Morningside College and study nursing. Kramer will also study nursing at the University of Iowa. VandeKamp plans to attend Creighton University and pursue a pre-medicine degree.
Since 2012, the Canton-Inwood Area Health Foundation has provided $30,000 in scholarships to area students.
2018 Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted
Canton-Inwood Area Health Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2018 Health Care of Tomorrow Scholarship.
The Health Care of Tomorrow scholarship program is designed to assist students who are pursuing or planning to pursue a health care degree. Students will be eligible for $1,000 scholarships.
To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must be high school seniors or graduates of schools within Canton-Inwood Area Health Foundation’s primary service area who plan to enroll or are currently enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study in a health care field at an accredited two or four-year college, university or vocational-technical program and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater, calculated on a 4.0 grading scale.
All applications must be postmarked by April 6, 2018. For complete eligibility guidelines and application details, please see the application form below or contact Melissa Schutte at (605) 764-1495.
2018 Grant Applications Now Being Accepted
Canton-Inwood Area Health Foundation is now taking applications for 2018 Heart of the Community Health & Wellness Grants.
Heart of the Community Health & Wellness Grants will be awarded to community organizations and individuals based on their ability to promote and advance community health and wellness initiatives.
All applications must be postmarked by April 6, 2018. For complete eligibility guidelines and application details, please contact Melissa Schutte at (605) 764-1495 or view the application form online.
Register Now for 2018 Basketball Tournament
The Canton-Inwood Area Health Foundation Shootout Tournament in Canton, SD, has been scheduled for March 10, 2018 at Canton High School. This tournament is for boys in grades 3-6. $130 team entry, 3 game guarantee, A/B divisions (if possible), paid referees, trophies for winning teams. Registration deadline: February 23.
5th Annual Golf Fundraiser Scheduled For July 14
Join us for a round of golf, dinner and prizes at Hiawatha Golf Club in Canton, SD. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. Register your team today!
2017 Basketball Shootout Champions Announced
The 2017 Annual Basketball Shootout featured 42 games of basketball, hundreds of spectators and seven champion teams.
3rd grade – Canton
4th grade – Vermillion
5th grade gold division – Sioux Falls Skyhawks
5th grade blue division – LeMars Black
6th grade gold division – Dakota Valley
6th grade blue division – Brandon Valley Baskethounds
7th grade – Vermillion
The annual event is a major fundraiser for the Health Care of Tomorrow Scholarships offered by Canton-Inwood Area Health Foundation. Thank you to everyone who participated. For pictures, visit the Event Gallery page.