VLCF Gives $420,000 To Support Aurora Cancer Care


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Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation Gives $420,000 To Support Aurora Cancer Care Survivorship Program, Research And Technology

Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation Board of Directors present a donation of $420,000 to Aurora Cancer Care, which was accepted by Dr. James Weese, vice president of Aurora Cancer Care.

(L-R: Tim Haas, Dr. James Weese, Justin McCoy, Benjamin R. Haas (president), James Wrass, Nate Mork and Gary Nevermann)

(Milwaukee, Wis.) – The Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation (VLCF) presented to Aurora Health Care Foundation $420,000 raised in 2017 to support Aurora Cancer Care programs and services. The funds are allocated to support a new genetic marker study for breast cancer research, to strengthen Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center’s new NanoKnife® system and for sponsorship of Aurora’s Team Phoenix 2018 program.

“The Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation is dedicated to winning the battle against cancer by funding advancements in research and compassionate care,” said Benjamin R. Haas, president of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation. “We look forward to continuing our efforts alongside a growing healthcare provider.”

Haas, and fellow members of the VLCF board of directors, publicly announced this allocation with Aurora leaders on April 9 at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center.

“The Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation remains one of our largest donors,” said Cristy Garcia-Thomas, chief external affairs officer of Advocate Aurora Health, and president of Aurora Health Care Foundation. “We look forward to continuing to build on the strong relationship we have developed over the years.”

VLCF has provided funding for the NanoKnife® system for several years and this allocation completes that donation. It also supports a key breast cancer research, a genetic marker study through Aurora’s Translational Oncology Research: Quest of Understanding and Exploration (TORQUE) program.

“Molecular genetic markers on the cancer cells are becoming increasingly critical in the fight against cancer, as it ultimately leads to more individualized treatment options,” said James Weese, MD, vice president of Aurora Cancer Care. “We are grateful for the generosity of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation and donors like them who share our vision in transforming cancer care as we know it today.”

In addition, this year’s allocation includes sponsorship of Aurora’s Team Phoenix cancer survivorship program: a 14-week program designed to help female cancer survivors to train and compete in a local triathlon. Since 2011, Team Phoenix has trained roughly 30 new cancer survivors each year to participate in a local triathlon together.

For more than 20 years, VLCF has supported cancer programs and services available through Aurora Health Care.

About The Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation

Established in 1971, the foundation embodies the spirit, enthusiasm and commitment to excellence of Green Bay Packers Coach Vince Lombardi, who lost his own battle to cancer on September 3, 1970. In his honor, the foundation is committed to raising funds for advancements in cancer research and compassionate care. For more information about the foundation or to donate, sponsor an event or to buy tickets to an event, visit: lombardifoundation.org.

About Aurora Health Care

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin's most comprehensive health care provider and the state's largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, more than 150 clinics, 70 pharmacies and 33,000 amazing Caregivers. As evidenced by more than 400 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow. Get helpful health and wellness information through the Aurora blog, our Facebook page, our Instagram account, our Twitter account and our Pinterest account. 


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