Garding Against Cancer Helps Cancer Patients in the Oshkosh Area
When the UW-Oshkosh Titans met the Wisconsin Badgers for the Garding Against Cancer (GAC) exhibition game Nov. 2, both teams were at the beginning of successful 2018-19 seasons. But the real winners were the groups represented on the Kohl Center floor at halftime, where they received GAC funds to help cancer patients in the Fox River Valley.
When Badger Coach Greg Gard visited Oshkosh to promote the game in September, he noted that the funds raised at the event would stay in the area to help local patients.
The fundraising will be felt directly at Aurora Oshkosh Medical Center by cancer patients and their primary caregivers, who can receive therapeutic massages. Massage has been shown to help with the pain, fatigue and nausea associated with cancer treatment. Massage can reduce anxiety and the need for pain medications, as well.
“Thanks to the Garding donation, we can offer massage to not only our patients, but also to their primary caregivers, who are at risk for exhaustion and burnout and often need some care themselves,’’ says Molly Butz, of the Aurora Health Care Foundation.
At Ascension Mercy Hospital in Oshkosh, The Oasis offers a full-service wig boutique for men and women who have lost their hair while undergoing cancer treatment. Regardless of where an individual is receiving treatment, GAC money helps support private sessions with a stylist who will help the patient create a “new look.” Services include head shaving, choosing a wig and wig care, including fitting and styling. Patients can also select other types of head coverings.
“We are so appreciative of the generosity of GAC and their support of The Oasis and the impact in our community for cancer patients undergoing treatment,’’ says Liz Rice Janzen, Mercy Health Foundation director. She recalls former Good Morning America host Joan Lunden once saying, “cancer erases your face.”
“The Oasis will provide cancer patients throughout the greater Oshkosh area with the resources to look into a mirror and not see a person with cancer, but to see themselves once again as strong and vibrant individuals,’’ Janzen says.
ThedaCare’s Comfort Care also provides an array of comfort services to improve the lives of cancer patients. These include cosmetology services such as wig fitting, makeup consultations, skin care, and post-surgical wear.
ThedaCare Comfort Care also provides meals for patients and their loved ones.
“Thank you to Garding Against Cancer for helping us offer a hand to our patients when they most need it,’’ says Courtney Weiland, vice president of philanthropy for ThedaCare.
Date Published: 04/30/2019