Garding Against Cancer Helps Wausau Area Cancer Patients
When Wisconsin Badger Basketball Coach Greg Gard visited Wausau for an event last September, he spoke of his father’s cancer journey and his desire to help cancer patients from all parts of Wisconsin.
True to his word, the funds raised at the Hilton Garden Inn event near Rib Mountain are staying in north central Wisconsin, to help people on their cancer journeys.
Patients at Ascension St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston will be soothed by board-certified music therapists paid for by a Garding Against Cancer (GAC) grant to the Ascension Foundation. Music added to standard cancer treatment has been shown to improve mood, reduce stress and increase quality of life.
“Our patients tell us that music is not only soothing, but it helps in their recovery by increasing their relaxation and decreasing their pain and stress,’’ says Patti Shafto-Carlson, director of community outreach and the Ascension Foundation.
“This is an amazing program that impacts so many aspects of the cancer journey -- spiritually, physically and emotionally. We couldn’t do it without Garding Against Cancer.”
At Aspirus Wausau Hospital, the GAC funds will help support the Genetics Assistance Program, which provides counseling and genetics screening for patients who couldn’t otherwise afford it. The program offers guidance to people who may have a genetic risk for breast, ovarian and uterine cancers.
“This fund helps patients understand their genetic risks and may also point them to better types of treatments,’’ says Kalynn Pempek, executive director of the Aspirus Health Foundation. “Genetic testing is key to several types of cancer, but not everyone has adequate insurance coverage, so this fund helps those who need it most.”
Children with cancer and their families are the focus of the Krause Family Pediatric Angel Fund of the Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation. The fund helps families with non-medical needs, such as gas cards, groceries, car repairs, rent or mortgage payments and other needs that come up when a child is seriously ill.
“Our fund is designed to take some worries away from families, so they can remain focused on their child who is being treated for cancer,’’ says Teri Wilczek, chief philanthropy officer at Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation. “Many thanks to Garding Against Cancer for helping us help our families.”
Date Published: 04/30/2019