Lynx Donate $5,000 To Cancer Legal Line During Wednesday's Game


Mark Remme
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Battling cancer is a full-time commitment. While patients work toward getting healthy, they often need assistance in dealing with legal burdens that could arise because of time away from work, medical expenses or lining up future arrangements.

That’s where Cancer Legal Line steps in.

Cancer Legal line is a Minnesota nonprofit organization that provides pro bono legal services, information and referrals to cancer patients of all kinds. Since they began providing services in 2007, they’ve grown to serve not only the Twin Cities area but also greater Minnesota.

On Wednesday at Target Center, the Lynx presented the organization with a $5,000 grant, which will help provide caring and compassionate pro bono legal services to Minnesotans affected by cancer. Cancer Legal Line Director of Legal Services Lindsay Flint accepted the check from Lynx Chief Operating Officer Conrad Smith during an on-court ceremony during a timeout between the Lynx and Phoenix Mercury.

“It means a great deal to have a great organization like the Lynx and the Timberwolves be giving back to the community in this way,” Flint said. “I know our nonprofit and other nonprofits have received these grants from the Lynx. It really makes a huge difference in our ability to do our work.”

Based out of St. Paul, Cancer Legal Line is made up of two fulltime workers—Flint and Found and Executive Director Lindy Yokanovich—as well as a group of attorneys throughout the Twin Cities and Minnesota that do the pro bono and legal services.

Each year approximately 23,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed and 9,100 people die from cancer in Minnesota, according to the organization’s website.

Many need guidance while dealing with lost employment, bankruptcy and even will-related services. The purpose of Cancer Legal Line is to help patients focus solely on getting healthy.

“And that’s what our goal really is,” Flint said. “Try to take away the other stresses so they can focus on getting well and the medical part.”

Lynx Community Relations Director Amanda Collins said it’s great for the team to help nonprofits like Cancer Legal Line not only with their funding but also to give them a forum in front of a 9,674 fans at Target Center.

“It’s an honor to be able to support Cancer Legal Line at tonight’s game,” Collins said. “They’ve done such great work within the community, and it’s great to show them in front of our fans that we have at tonight’s game.”

Flint said the organization has received grants from organizations as well as individually. To donate, she said people can visit their website at CancerLegalLine.org or call their office at (651) 472-5599.

She said she hopes getting a chance to receive their donation from the Lynx might raise awareness to anyone attending the game who might know someone in need.

“It’s not easy to get exposure when you’re an organization that is focused on one community, so having this kind of exposure really is amazing,” Flint said. “Hopefully there is someone out there who knows someone who needs our services and they can contact us for help.”


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