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Pay It Forward

Banding Together for a Former Colleague Diagnosed With Cancer

Bell Bank employees joined forces to help a former co-worker diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer.

“Someone said to me, ‘We’re all here to walk each other home,’ and that’s what I think of with this Pay It Forward program. It’s just a way to let someone know that you’re there, that they don’t have to do it alone.” – Amy Suek
Tiffany Tessmer

Bell Employee

Tiffany Tessmer

Minneapolis, Minnesota


Amy Suek

The Need

In October of 2015, Amy Suek, a former Bell employee, was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. She was only 27 years old. Tiffany Tessmer, who works as a mortgage accountant in Bell’s Colonnade branch, knew she had to help.

“She has a way of making you feel incredibly special, especially on days when you’re not feeling so special,” Tiffany said. “We weren’t just co-workers anymore; we were friends.”

The Impact

Tiffany rallied 35 Bell Bank employees, who pooled their Pay It Forward funds to give Amy $32,500 to cover her medical costs, lost wages and whatever else she needed. They also made Amy an encouraging video – something she re-watched during her more difficult days.

In April, Amy learned she had no evidence of cancer.

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