Even small gifts change lives

Pay It Forward

Jack's Journey

When Cheryl Brandt learned that 2-year-old Jack had been diagnosed with cancer, she rallied her co-workers to do what they could to help.

“The family was just shocked, and it was so empowering to be able to do this for this family and just bless them with this money.” – Cheryl Brandt, Bell Bank mortgage loan processor

Bell Employees

Cheryl Brandt


Cheryl Brandt, mortgage loan processor, Burnsville, Minn.

Amanda Atkins


Amanda Atkins, secondary market analyst, Bloomington, Minn.


Jack Adams

The Need

Shortly after Jack’s second birthday, he stopped sleeping and walking. He had always been a good sleeper, so his parents took him to get checked out.

They’d hoped it was just that his molars were coming in, and the pain was keeping him up at night, but an MRI revealed Jack had leukemia, a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow.

The Impact

Every year, Cheryl Brandt asks God to show her where to donate her Pay It Forward funds. When she learned about Jack’s diagnoses, Cheryl had her answer. She told her co-worker, Amanda Atkins, about Jack and they recruited others to go in on a group donation.

“At a time where it just feels so incredibly lonely and heartbreaking, to have these gifts and the generosity and the amount of people who come through at levels you would never even imagine possible, it’s amazing,” remarks Kari Adams, Jack’s mom. “It really carried us, and it continues to carry us.”

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