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Campaign raises more than $28,000 for cancer research at Aurora Health Care

Cancer Knows No Borders united rival Major League Baseball players to raise awareness, funds

Jan. 25, 2018

The 2017 Cancer Knows No Borders campaign raised more than $28,000 for cancer research at Aurora Health Care.

Uniting rival Chicago’s first baseman Anthony Rizzo and Milwaukee’s starting pitcher Chase Anderson, the campaign broke down geographical barriers to share stories of friends, neighbors and family members who are surviving cancer and empower communities to aide in the search for a cure.  

Cancer Knows No Borders worked across state lines to strengthen cancer research supported by Aurora Health Care Foundation and Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation in Illinois, a family foundation dedicated to cancer research and providing support to children and their families battling this disease.

“Aurora Research Institute’s cancer research efforts are seeking a better understanding of how cancer cells grow and metastasize so we can target novel therapies and new drugs to be more effective against specific types of cancer — an effort often referred to as precision medicine,” said Randall Lambrecht, PhD, senior vice president of Aurora Health Care and president of Aurora Research Institute. “Donor contribution through awareness campaigns like Cancer Knows No Borders helps make this possible.”

With corporate partners Roundy's Supermarkets and USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin, Aurora launched the campaign in mid-July. The 16-week campaign ran through Oct. 31.

The campaign featured 16 people affected by cancer in some way. Eight live in Wisconsin, including one who participated in a clinical trial, and the other eight live in Illinois and have received funds to help with their care from Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation. Eleven USA TODAY NETWORK – Wisconsin newspapers published inspirational stories about these sixteen courageous participants.

People donated directly to the foundations through the Cancer Knows No Borders website, ordered T-shirts with the net proceeds benefitting the cause and purchased pin-ups in support of the campaign at participating Roundy’s Supermarkets.


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