Loren Balkowitsch (Founder / Owner) was inspired to begin Give 5 while watching his sister-in-law battle breast cancer. Loren wanted to get off the sidelines and become more proactive in the fight against cancer. Slowly watching a loved one being taken away left him feeling helpless and frustrated. He wanted to help other families who are also dealing with the pain of losing someone that special. Under the Golf Tournament link above you can read about the amazing event Give 5 supports every year, Loren also was a co-founder of the Volkowitsch Open. Loren is the VP of Fundraising on the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation. His favorite part of working with the BCCF is working with amazing people who always put others first. He enjoys watching the funds raised directly impact the patients supported by the foundation. Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation Loren also serves on the North Dakota State Commission for National and Community Service Board
Josie Gienger (General Manager) has one daughter and was motivated to teach her how to give back to the community the way her Grandmother and Mother taught her. Loves working for a great company providing excellent customer service. Always makes time to volunteer at local events and to help support great causes.
Shalia Guy was always taught by her grandma how important service to others is. She is thankful to have found a company that aligns with her values. She is grateful to come to a place where she isn't just an employee but family!
Kalli Idyle is a 21 year old college student looking for a strong small business to thrive in that gives back to the community. And at Give 5 To Cancer she has found her place that she feels appreciated and can help people in need.
Lisa Smestad was born and raised in North Dakota. I have great parents and stepparents along with brothers and sisters. I have been in customer service 24 years. I love to help people. The first time I heard the word cancer I was four years old. My grandfather’s sister died from cancer. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the last time. My grandparents on my father’s side both died from the same kind of stomach cancer less than three years apart when I was in my 20s. It never gets easier when you miss those you love. I enjoy giving back to help fight cancer. It makes me feel like I am making a difference in this world.