A lesson in Project Management turns into a generous donation to the Radiation Oncology Department at Aurora Medical Center in Summit. Students at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater had to do a service learning project, and they chose as their recipient a cause that had touched all of their lives.
“We chose the Radiation Oncology Department because all of the team members had been affected by cancer in some way, and we know how difficult treatments can be,” says Sarah Burgess, UW- Whitewater student and Project Manager. “Plus, I used to work for the department and I saw firsthand how wonderful the clinical staff in the department is with all of the patients.”
The project was for an online class, so the fundraising was largely done online. The team created a GoFundMe page as a way to accept donations. They also created a Facebook page to help create awareness, and posted flyers around the campus and surrounding community.
At the end of the semester, Sarah presented a check to Kim Korber, an Aurora Health Care Foundation Development Coordinator based at Aurora Medical Center in Summit. The students actually exceeded their goal by 16%.
“In addition to the Project Management skills, we learned that when it’s something the entire team cares about, it’s easy to stay motivated to reach your goal,” Sarah explains.
We are truly grateful to the students at UW-Whitewater for their hard work and compassion. To learn more about other fundraising efforts to support Aurora Medical Center in Summit, contact Kim Korber at Kim.Korber@aurora.org.