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Our Story 

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.


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

  • Serving Carver County, MN and the surrounding area

  • 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

GRANTS awarded

Meet The Board

Over $112,000 in scholarships awarded since 2016, including $45,000 in the past year.



Robert Rehbein


Bob was fortunate to have been Justin Kukowski's step father. After Justin passed away from cancer (medulloblastoma), he became involved with the development of the Justin Kukowski Center (now the Cashman Center) from 2009 to 2014. In 2015 we formed the Justin Kukowski Foundation. Bob has served as President since 2015, along with serving on the Scholarship committee since 2016.

Bob is employed as a Professional Animal Scientist for United Farmers Cooperative. 


Donald A. Kukowski

Treasurer and Father of Justin

Donald retired from engineering in 2014.  His passion now is to travel, enjoy his children and grandchildren, and find time to serve people in need.  He has served as the Justin Kukowski Foundation Treasurer and the Foundation Scholarship Award Committee since 2015.


Caitlin Austin



Jake Austin


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