Recipient Stories 

With your help, on New Year's Day 2019 the Szott Foundation granted the Gift of Time to four more families. We have now given 43 gifts, almost $500,000 in total. We focus on one family at a time, carefully evaluating their needs and circumstances.

Read on to learn more about our recipients. We are excited to give the Gift of Time to more families in 2019!

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Our 42nd Gift of time in the amount of $10,000 was given to Niveah, now age 12, and her family. Niveah was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma in August 2017. In March, Niveah’s doctors pronounced her cancer free. Her family is so grateful for this wonderful news and for the Szott Foundation’s Gift of Time.


Our 41st Gift of Time in the amount of $7,500 was awarded to Jacob and his family. Jacob was diagnosed with high risk B-cell acute lymphoid leukemia in November 2017. Jacob is the oldest of 3 siblings. His mom calls him her “rainbow baby” because her pregnancy with him was so intense.

Finally, our 43rd Gift, $12,900, was awarded to little 2 1/2 year old Darrell. Darrell was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma in October of 2018


Our 40th Gift of Time for $12,900 went to 15-month-old Terrance and his family. Terrance was diagnosed with stage III non-metastatic hepatoblastoma in September 2018.


Logan's family was awarded our 39th Gift of Time in July 2018. Logan was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in Sept/Oct 2017. In Feb 2018 he was told he was cancer free, but at his three-month check in May, he learned the cancer had returned. Logan will be entering his sophomore year in high school this fall. He loves football, golf, Fortnite and hanging out with the family. He has 3 brothers and 1 sister, and he is 2nd from the youngest. Logan has had great spirits through is journey even when things have gotten tough! 


Jacob's family received our 38th Gift of Time in the amount of $8,000. Jacob is 17 and a junior in high school. He is the kind of kid that everyone gets along with. He is very polite and respectful. He has a great sense of humor and most of all, the best smile and positive attitude despite everything he's been through. He is a great kid! 


Alizabeth received our 36th Gift of Time in the amount of $22,400. On December 30th, 2017 she was diagnosed with B-Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Alizabeth is a smiley, strong, brave little 4 year old and has the nickname Dozer. She loves animals, her 4 big sisters and is a great hugger. She continues to fight and is our unicorn loving hero! 


Manuel's family was awarded our 35th Gift of Time in the amount of $20,000. On June 10th, 2016 Manuel was diagnosed with AML. Manuel was a 14-year old young man who enjoyed trying new and different food. He was an avid gamer who loved unicorns, Roblox, The Walking Dead, and spending time with his sisters and family.

 In June 2017, $6,000 given to 16 year old Trent and his parents. Trent is 16 and currently fighting his 3rd battle with caner. He was first diagnosed with ALL leukemia when he was 1 year old, and again at age 7. Since October 16, 2014 he has been battling a stage 4 Brain tumor. Trent became an Eagle Scout at the age of 15, and is a fantastic chef and has cooked at Hell’s Kitchen, and on a live TV show. All that meet or know Trent are captured under his charismatic spell. We were sad to learn that Trent passed away on Sept. 9, 2017


In June 2017 we were able to award $20,000  to 3 year old Prescott and his parents. We were sad to learn that Prescott passed away on October 12th, 2017.


Caleb was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in October 2016. For the next 7 to 9 months Caleb’s family will be living away from their home in Spearfish, SD at the Ronald McDonald House. During this time he will undergo treatment for his illness.


Evylah was diagnosed with DIPG (a brain tumor) in November 2014 and our life changed forever. We were given a diagnosis of only 6-9 months. We are sad to report that Evylah lost her cancer battle on Saturday, October 11, 2015. Our prayers go out to her mom, dad, and sisters. She will be sorely missed.  She was strong until the end.  MORE

Ellorie is now 1 year old, and is a very social baby. She has been referred to as the “Self Esteem” baby as  she’ll smile at almost anyone and make you feel better. While at the hospital, she will interact with as  many people as possible, and loves to babble with other kids. We often take her through the hallways in a Barbie car so she can wave at the nurses, otherwise it’s a race to the door to see who’s walking by.


Patrick has always been special. He did not speak until after age 2 but when he did, it was in sentences. He was very contemplative as a baby and one could tell he was studying everything around him and listening to every conversation. He could initiate and hold a conversation with adults at age 3 and has always been very inquisitive and not afraid to ask questions. MORE

Brock enjoys playing with his brother, Anthony and flirting with all the nurses at clinic. Brock enjoys tearing down the buildings his buddies make, climbing, and playing close with his mom. His favorite things include chasing a ball or marble (he enjoys the loud noise it makes on the floor). MORE


Connor was awarded the 16th Gift of Time for $15,000 in the summer of 2012. Connor was born with a severe classification of e-beta thalassemia which required a bone marrow transplant to cure. In 2007 he underwent his first transplant at just 20 months old. 


Nevaeh and her family are the recipients of the 15th Gift of Time. Nevaeh (Heaven spelled backwards) is a four year-old little girl that is full of life and love for others. She loves watching over babies, going to Sunday school, playing at the park, baking and doing crafts. She says that when she grows up she wants to be a babysitter. 


Thirteen-year-old Jacob  lives with his dad, John and brother Jeremiah. Jacob and his dad spend a lot of time at the Ronald McDonald House in the twin cities as Jacob completes chemo treatments for Ewing’s Sarcoma. 


It was with great pleasure and gratitude that the Szott Foundation was able to give $13,000 to a Tyler's family in Savage, MN. Tyler was diagnosed with a brain tumor in August 2008.  Our grant allowed his father to be at home with him through his illness.  Tyler lost his battle in October 2009.  He left behind his mom, dad, sister Mraisa & brother Tanner.


The Szott Foundation was honored to present its eighth Gift of Time award of $14,000 to Samantha's family of Ogilvie, MN. Sammy was diagnosed in August 2008 with a desmoplastic small round cell tumor, which is a rare soft tissue sarcoma. Sadly, Samantha passed away on Friday, November 8, 2013 at her home in Mora. She was 17 years old.


The Szott Foundation presented its sixth Gift of Time award of $8,400 to Alex's family of Excelsior, MN, at the 2008 Abby Invite. Their oldest son, Alex, was diagnosed with stage IV Ewing’s Sarcoma in August 2008. We are saddened to announce that Alex passed away on June 4, 2010.


The Szott Foundation presented its fourth Gift of Time award of $9,000 to Justin, Jodi and then two year old Jordyn of Pipestone, MN, in October 2008. Jordyn was diagnosed with progressive stage IV Neuroblastoma in June 2007. “She moved from her earthly home to the beautiful Kingdom of Heaven on March 20, 2014 surrounded by her family at home.”


The Szott Foundation presented its second Gift of Time award of $25,000 to Nathan, Dawn and Elijah of Janesville, IA, on May 12, 2008 at the U of M Masonic Cancer Research center in Minneapolis. Little Elijah went home to Jesus on May 21, 2008. Elijah touched many hearts in his short life and will not be forgotten by his many friends and family.


Emma received our 37th Gift of Time in the amount of $16,000. Emma is an amazing 3 year old from North Dakota. In December 2017 she was diagnosed with high risk Neuroblastoma and was paralyzed from the chest down. Emma spends most of her time out of the hospital with her new baby brother Jack, who she loves dearly. 


Mikey was awarded our 35th Gift of Time in the amount of $12,000. Mikey is a 2 year old who was diagnosed with Undifferentiated Leukemia on May 5th, 2017. He continued to receive chemo therapy in his home in Iowa.  We are so saddened to learn that Mikey went home to the Lord on April 17th, 2018. He is sorely missed. 


In July 2017 we awarded Jameson's family our 33rd Gift of Time in the amount of $10,000. Jameson is a 5 year old boy from Des Moines, IA. He is the closest thing you'll get to a real-life teenage mutant ninja turtle.He wants to be a policeman when he grows up because he wants to help people. He is strong, friendly, caring, and adventurous.


In June 2017, $18,600, and was given to 3 year old Brooke and her family. In December 2016, Brooke Marie Allison was diagnosed with stage 3 neuroblastoma. She is a joyful, silly, and spunky four year old. Brooke loves to play outside with her brother and cousins, especially at the park.  Brooke adores peppa pig, barbies, disney princess movies, play-doh, and has a sticker collection she's very proud of.  When Brooke grows up she wants to be a doctor and take care of kids just like her. #BrookeStrong


Jeffrey was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma in Aug of 2014. Before that he was a happy 9 year-old boy who loved to play football, ride his bike, go fishing and swimming. He would bring home snakes, frogs, and turtles after his adventures outdoors. He loved school and achieved high marks in spelling and math. He was very outgoing!


We recently were able to award our 25th Gift of Time to Taylor and her family in the amount of $7,000. Taylor is 14 years old and was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in January 2015. She lives with her dad and two sisters, Haley, age 16 and Emma, age 10. Please visit again soon to meet Taylor and learn more about her.



Carter's family received the 23rd Gift of Time.  More information to come about his story.

Ava is a 6 year old that loves to play with her friends and neighbors. She is always very happy and concerned about others around her. She LOVES princesses, especially Princess Elsa from the movie Frozen. Ava has a Sister named Audrey who is 5 years younger than her. Even though they are not close in age they love to play together. Ava crawls into Audrey’s crib every morning to be the first to say Good Morning to her! MORE

Artan was diagnosed at a very young age with SCID (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease, but Artan is still a happy playful 2 year old. He loves Elmo, and Sesame Street is his favorite show. When you see him, he does not look like a child who is fighting for his life every day.  MORE


William was diagnosed with Leukemia on March 18, 2011. He had just turned 11 years old. At the time, William loved to swim and tube on the lake with his friends, but unfortunately he is now unable to participate until his port is removed in a few years.


The 14th Gift of Time was awarded in December to six year-old Logan  and his grandparents for $17,000. Logan was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and is receiving care at the University of Minnesota’s Amplatz Children’s Hospital. Logan is a very bright little boy that loves to read and be read to. He also enjoys math problems and helping in the kitchen to make spaghetti and cookies! 


The 13th Gift of Time was awarded in September to Ava's family of Becker, Minnesota for $15,000. We are thankful to be able to give a gift to them as they continue to find strength as a family in their battle against childhood cancer. Their daughter Ava, first diagnosed with ependymomy, was an amazing child that was always smiling and enjoying the little things in life. We are so sorry to inform you that Ava passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2013 at University Of MN Amplatz Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.


Seven-year-old Krystell of Inver Grove Heights, MN was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, in August 2009. She has had surgery to remove a tumor on the bone in her upper left arm, and now she is getting chemotherapy.


We were  honored to award the family of  Grant with $6,000 in June 2009. Grant was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in May of 2007. He began his chemotherapy in September of that year and finished it in March 2008.  Grant remained cancer free until January 2009, when his doctors discovered the cancer had metastasized to both lungs. He lost his battle to osteosarcoma on July 20, 2009.


The Szott Foundation presented its seventh Gift of Time award of $10,400 to 14-year-old Jenna, her mom Jahn, and her twin sister, Marissa, of Chisago City, MN. Jenna was diagnosed in July 2008 with a rare form of childhood cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. Jenna went home to be with the Lord June 8, 2009 after her long and courageous battle with cancer. 



The Szott Foundation presented its fifth Gift of Time award of $11,000 to Grant, Sherri and 16-year-old Kyle of Duluth, MN, in October 2008. Kyle was diagnosed with T-cell ALL, a form of leukemia, in February 2008.  Kyle is an only child and he is Sherri and Grant’s miracle baby.  Today, he is doing great and has graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth. 


The Szott Foundation presented its third Gift of Time award of $25,000 to Cameron's family of Minneapolis, MN, on July 10, 2008. A formal presentation was made to Paula and Cameron at the 2nd Annual Tournament for Time on August 16, 2008. Cameron died on September 14, 2008. His one wish for the world was that everyone be truly happy.


The Szott Foundation was proud to present its first Gift of Time award of $25,000 to Brooke Plemel and her family on December 15, 2007 at the Abby Invite Gymnastics Fundraiser. Brooke went home to Jesus on January 12, 2008. She was a precious “guardian angel” to many and will be loved and remembered by her many special friends and family.


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