Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation News

Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation gives more than $540,000 to support unique gift at Aurora Health Care

The Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation Board announced the details of its 2017 gift to the Aurora Health Care Foundation at its annual meeting, Friday, May 5. The event was emceed by Sports Radio 105.7 FM The Fan host Gary Ellerson. VLCF announced a unique donation that will secure new-to-Wisconsin technology for cancer treatments at Aurora Health Care.

“Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation had a unique opportunity this year to secure a NanoKnife® in Wisconsin – the only in the state, in fact,” said Erin Hareng, Executive Director of the Foundation. “Our goal is to bring this life-giving technology to Wisconsin and to do that, we’ve invested significant funding and will be asking our teammates to help us raise the remainder throughout 2017.”

A NanoKnife® is used to better treat people with inoperable or difficult-to-reach tumors and will allow Aurora Cancer Care to perform more life-sustaining surgeries. The primary use of the NanoKnife® is for liver and pancreatic cancer, but it has also shown to be successful in prostate, lung, kidney, and head/neck tumors. Recent results demonstrate a median survival of 29 months for pancreatic cancer patients, versus the historical survival rate of 11-13 months.

In addition to the organization’s annual gift announcement, VLCF and Annex Wealth Management named Andrew Lawson to receive the second annual Know the Difference Award. This award was created to honor someone who gives above and beyond to those dealing with cancer, performs special acts of kindness to have a positive impact, and builds the morale of people going through cancer and/or caregivers that care for them and much more.

“It’s an honor and privilege to team up with the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation to recognize Andrew, a brain cancer survivor who now focuses on helping others deal with a cancer diagnosis,” said Dave Spano, president and Chief Executive Officer of Annex Wealth Management.

Additional gifts were made to support:

Match events: The VLCF match program is a way to inspire others to raise funds for cancer in the name of Vince Lombardi. This program has grown to not only include 10 Walks in Wisconsin—including VLCF’s original Walk/Run in Milwaukee – but has also engaged more partners to support the cause. VLCF matches $.50 on every dollar raised, and this year will be granting more than $180,000 to support community events eligible for the match. In 2016, those fundraisers included eight Lombardi Walk to Tackle Cancer events, McGMO, the Robin Werner Memorial Golf Outing, the Kenosha Kingfish Spooky Sprint 5K, Color for Care, Ice Hawks Fight Cancer, Jeddy Fest Cancer Stop 5K, and Put a Cork in Cancer. 
New Nurse Navigator in Racine: Nurse navigators play a key role by helping guide patients through cancer care. VLCF has a history with navigators, having given the funding to lift this new program off the ground starting with Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center. This year, VLCF continues that history by dedicating another new one with $110,000 going to support a navigator in the Racine market.
Upcoming events for VLCF include:

Moment of Noise at Milwaukee Harley-Davidson, May 17
NARI Lombardi House in partnership with NARI, May 19
10 Lombardi Walks to Tackle Cancer throughout the state, including the 30th annual Lombardi Walk/Run in Milwaukee on July 22 at Festa Italiana.
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