Don Spiegelhoff, MD, was a radiologist for 30 years, mostly at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center. He’s been retired for 22 years and is living with his wife, Patricia, in Burlington.
Don says cancer care has changed tremendously since his time at Aurora St. Luke’s, “Back then the principle treatments were surgery and radiation therapy. There was very little chemotherapy at the time. Now it’s much more refined than it used to be, they can do so many things we didn’t have the capability of doing.”
Don was grateful for those advancements in 2010 when he himself was diagnosed with a very rare gastrointestinal tumor. Five years later, during routine cancer screenings, doctors found another spot. This time it was in his lung and he had his left lower lung removed.
“You never think this will happen to you, you don’t even think you’ll age. We still don’t know what caused mine, I had no history of it,” Don says.
Don has been touched by cancer in so many ways, he and Patricia wanted to give back and help others fighting the same battle. In early 2016, they made a $25,000 gift to the Partners in Cancer Care campaign, which is a $2.2 million community fundraising effort to help build a brand new comprehensive cancer center in western Racine and Walworth counties. The new center will feature 25 medical oncology infusion bays, 10 exam rooms, an outpatient procedure room, as well as space for complementary therapies and support services.
“A lot of patients aren’t able to travel easily and people like to be near their home. I grew up out here so I’m sort of prejudiced, but I think this is a good cause,” Don says.
You can join the Spiegelhoffs by supporting cancer care in your local community by joining a Lombardi Walk to Tackle Cancer this June and July! There are nine walk locations this summer, you can join our growing team that’s ready to #TackleCancer. Money raised will support local cancer care and research initiatives by Aurora Cancer Care and is eligible for a 50 percent match from the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation.
All proceeds from the Lombardi Walk to Tackle Cancer in Williams Bay will stay local and support the Partners in Cancer Care campaign. To see all nine walk locations and to join the effort, go to LombardiWalk.org. Learn more about the Partners in Cancer Care campaign, by CLICKING HERE.