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Providing support to local Minnesota families by relieving the burdens associated with cancer treatment.



Justin Kukowski was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2005. An athletic, fun-loving 25-year-old man, he left his mark on those who knew him—and on many other cancer patients to come after him.

During the course of Justin’s surgery and treatments, he endured much physical pain and intense side effects. Through it all, Justin was resolute in experiencing things with his family, maintaining strong bonds with his friends and participating within his community, making the most of every opportunity at hand.

Today, the Justin Kukowski Foundation dedicates it's every effort to honoring Justin's loving spirit, working within our community to provide the support & opportunities to our friends & neighbors as they face life's most difficult challenges.

Our Story


The Justin Kukowski Foundation provides support to local families by relieving the burdens associated with cancer treatment.

  • Serving Carver and Scott counties and surrounding areas.

  • Working with families whose livelihood has been effected by the burdens of cancer treatment

  • Providing financial support and other services to families in their time of need

  • 100% of donations are distributed locally

  • 501c3 Non-Profit Organization

  • All members of the Board are volunteers

  • Many of Justin's family and friends are active participants within the Board or in Foundation events

Just-In Time Grants

Just-In Time Grants

The Just-In Time Grants Program provides one-time grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,500 to families experiencing financial hardship due to active cancer treatment.


  • Person completing the application must be 18 years of age or older

  • Recipients must be living in or being treated in Minnesota

  • Grants are coordinated in partnership with Ridgeview and St. Francis Medical Center(s)

Over $135,000 in grants awarded since 2016,
including $45,000 in the last year.

"My heart is overflowing with relief and joy! I absolutely couldn’t possibly or adequately put into words how appreciative I am for your support and generosity. This is such an overwhelming blessing and I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. When the day comes that this battle with cancer is over for myself and my family, we look forward to paying it forward and helping others who are fighting their own battles. Thank you for being a guiding light and leading by example."

Just-In Time Grant Recipient

How you can support:

Foundation Donations

Volunteer Opportunities

Attend Events

Connect Socially


Thank you to our 2023 Autumn on the Bluff sponsors:


Chaska & Waconia Lions Clubs

Presenting Sponsors


Rame Aircraft Maintenance

Platinum Sponsor



Platinum Sponsor


Minnesota Inboard Water Sports

Gold Sponsor


Norwood Dental

Silver Sponsor


TJ Exteriors

Silver Sponsor


Waconia American Legion

Provita Supplements

Silver Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

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