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PJ's Walk for Life raises $11,600 for Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic at Aurora Medical Center in Two Rivers

September 26, 2011

Two Rivers, Wis. – When Pam Kadow lost her battle with ovarian cancer, her husband, Gerry, along with their two daughters, Samantha and Krista, decided to plan a walk to raise awareness and funding for ovarian cancer. The first PJ’s Walk for Life event held in Mishicot proved to be a success – 259 people participated in the 2K walk, and $11,600 was raised for the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic at the Aurora Medical Center in Two Rivers.

Gerry Kadow and his family were impressed and deeply grateful for the care Pam received as a patient at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic. They designated the proceeds from the walk to create a memorial fund that would provide financial assistance for patients and their families.

Gerry Kadow said, “I’ve witnessed firsthand how fighting cancer can put a significant financial strain on a family. This walk in memory of Pam is a way for my daughters and me to honor her, create awareness of ovarian cancer and support other families in need. PJ’s Walk for Life is devoted to providing support, hope and honor to those who have been affected by ovarian cancer.”

It’s the first fund of that type at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic that is directed toward providing assistance to female cancer patients, with initial preference given to women with ovarian cancer. The financial assistance that recipients receive can be used for medical or household expenses, including food, medications, medical equipment and transportation.

Dr. Andrew Yetter, oncologist and president of Aurora Medical Group at the Aurora Medical Center in Two Rivers said each year more than 21,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

“It’s the fifth leading cause of cancer death in women and many women do not recognize the symptoms until it is too late,” he said. “Women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer need to focus their energy on their treatment, not on whether they can afford medicine or transportation to their appointments. This fund will remove some of that burden and worry.”

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

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