When you ask people if they’ve been affected by cancer, chances are few would say no. At Aurora Health Care, our donors are passionate about making a difference in the lives of those battling this horrible disease. In fact, one in three gifts to Aurora Health Care Foundation last year were directed to support the amazing work led by Aurora Cancer Care in communities across our system. We work closely with our cancer care leaders to help identify ways to make the best care available close to home. Together, we raise funds for the following areas that are imperative for patient success:
- Support fellowships in surgical oncology, so we can continue to train some of the best physicians at Aurora on the latest techniques in their area of care.
- Provide dollars for Cancer Research Awards – annual seed dollars provided to Aurora Health Care physicians and scientists across our system who are leading local cancer research.
- Support for local survivorship programs and integrative medicine therapies at our cancer clinics – such as acupuncture, reiki and massage therapy – to help patients during and after times of care.
- Continued funding for our Spanish Speaking Clinic at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, the only clinic of its kind in the state providing care for people who prefer care in a Spanish-speaking environment.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Lombardi Walk/Run to Tackle Cancer in Milwaukee, and for close to that entire time, the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation has dedicated its fundraising exclusively to support Aurora Cancer Care. As our largest donor for oncology services, the Foundation has been instrumental in supporting key technologies and advancements at Aurora, including Cyberknife technology, a unique Healing Garden at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center that overlooks the Milwaukee skyline, specialized cancer nurse navigators and breakthrough neurosciences research.
You can be a part of transforming cancer care locally by joining a Lombardi Walk to Tackle Cancer near you! This year we have expanded our walks to ten locations. All funds raised will receive a 50% match from the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation and will support Aurora Cancer Care services in the communities where they were raised. Learn more and register at LombardiWalk.org.