Breast Center: Ways To Give Back

Following treatment for breast cancer, either a personal diagnosis or that of a loved one, many patients and families feel a strong desire to give back. You may want to:

  • Help others and make their lives easier during diagnosis and treatment
  • Help the organization that cared for you to make improvements in their processes and services for the next person
  • Support research on new treatment options

Here are several examples of how patients at the UW Health Breast Center have given back:


UW Health Breast Center Patient Gift Fund


The UW Health Breast Center Patient Gift Fund receives donations from patients and families like you. The funds support patients and families in need by providing gasoline cards for travel to appointments, helping pay for groceries or utilities. They also support several patient programs, including counseling sessions, patient educational materials and the breast health library.


To make a donation to the UW Health Breast Center Patient Gift Fund, contact Janie Winston at or (608) 262-1032.


UW Health Breast Cancer Patient Survivor Advocate Program


Each year, the UW Health Breast Center trains women who have completed treatment for breast cancer to become peer advocates for newly diagnosed women. Advocates receive an orientation about UW Health plus advocacy training through ABCD (After Breast Cancer Diagnosis). Newly diagnosed patients are matched with an advocate based on the patient’s needs – for example a woman with young children may request to be matched with an advocate with children of similar ages. Advocates provide peer support via telephone, which may lead to in-person meetings if both women desire to do so.


To learn more about becoming a Patient Survivor Advocate, call Patient Navigation Coordinator Nicole Butterbaugh at (608) 843-5469.


UW Health Breast Center Patient & Family Advisory Council


The Breast Center Patient & Family Advisory Council includes about 12 women who receive care within UW Health and have experienced a breast health issue. The council meets every other month on a weekday evening for 90 minutes. Breast Center physicians and staff bring topics to the council for discussion from the patient perspective. Council members have assisted with:

  • Reorganizing patient educational materials
  • Redesigning the process for delivering biopsy results to patients
  • Critiquing the new survivorship care plan document

To learn more about the Breast Center Patient & Family Advisory Council, call Gillian Schroeder, Breast Center Program Director, at (608) 206-0728, or Sandy Salvo, Patient & Family Experience Program Manager, at (608) 890-6062.


UW Carbone Cancer Center Breast Cancer Research


Some of the most exciting breast cancer research is happening at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Many scientists and researchers are leading the way in finding the best new medicines and treatment options for patients with breast cancer. To learn more about research at the UW Carbone Cancer Center or to make a donation, contact Janie Winston at or (608) 262-1032.