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Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin



On behalf of the American Cancer Society, the Madison community, and cancer patients and caregivers near and far we extend to you our deepest gratitude. Our 10th year allowed us an opportunity to reflect on the impact this event has had in the fight against cancer right here in Wisconsin. The American Cancer Society has invested billions of dollars into innovative cancer research since 1946 and is currently funding over $6 million in 10 research projects at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin Gala is among the most successful American Cancer Society Gala of its kind in the nation. Your leadership and innovation not only accelerates the mission of the American Cancer Society, but it also drives us to attack cancer from every angle. Your generosity makes cancer research, prevention, and patient programs possible. Thank you for your contributions and support that impact cancer patients and their families throughout Wisconsin and beyond.

This report provides a program snapshot and scope of impact thanks to your involvement.

With gratitude,



Cory Recknor, Chair
Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin Gala


  • $510,000: raised through 2017 Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin initiatives with $165,000 restricted to pediatric cancer research

  • $6.1 million: raised through Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin since 2008 when the program began


  • $7.3 million: currently invested in active cancer research at institutions throughout Wisconsin

  • $6.1 million: currently invested in cancer research projects at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • 1946: one of the Society’s earliest cancer research grants went to the University of Wisconsin


  • 19,471: number of direct-to-patient services provided throughout Wisconsin in 2016

  • 4,310: number of patients served within Wisconsin in 2016

  • Program highlights:

    • Transportation: rides to treatment, primarily by car or public transportation, help cancer patients maintain the continuity of care that is essential to getting well

    • Lodging: provides a home-away-from home through American Cancer Society Hope Lodge communities or hotel partners when traveling for treatment is necessary

    • Coping with side-effects: Cancer treatment can sometimes change how someone looks – helping patients cope with these appearance-related side effects can help to enhance self-esteem​


The American Cancer Society actively monitors the state of childhood cancer and engages in cutting-edge research to find new treatments and improve existing ones to have less debilitating side effects. There is tremendous progress to report. Before the 1970s, less than 50% of children with cancer survived 5 years after diagnosis. Today, survival is at 80%. Much of this improvement has come in treating the most common childhood cancer, leukemia, but also through improved drugs, therapies, and supportive care for many other childhood cancers. But, while there are dramatic improvements in survival rates, more must be done. Your generosity through this year’s Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin Gala, which raised $165,000 for pediatric cancer research, helps us get closer to the goal of having all children look forward to a life without cancer.​

“Salt Lake City is home to one of the premier institutions for cancer research and treatment in the country. It is also where I have chosen to continue my fight for a cure in the realm of childhood cancer. Since I spoke at the event last year, I graduated from Macalester College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a minor in economics. Immediately post-graduation, I began a position at the University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute working in a genetics lab that focuses on adolescent and young adult sarcomas, the disease that I had when I was 16 years old.



Last year, when you raised your paddle to donate to pediatric cancer research, you brought hope to my family and I that through the efforts of the American Cancer Society we will see an end to this fight in our lifetimes. You helped to support the lifesaving research of researchers around the country. Not only are your donations crucial to other researcher’s projects, but as I look forward to the future of my position in my lab and graduate school, you provide hope that I will get to continue fighting cancer through every avenue possible in my own research.

Thank you so much for your continued support of the American Cancer Society and all of their programs to support and give hope to patients and their families.”

-Ian Lock
2017 Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin Spirit of Hope Award Recipient

Thank you to our 2017 major sponsors!

Champion Sponsors ($25,000): Mike & Cheryl Shult and Family, Research Products
Final Four Sponsors ($15,000): Bo & Kelly Ryan
Mobile Bidding Sponsor ($15,000): Wind River Financial
Elite Eight Sponsors ($10,000): The University Book Store, Golfers vs. Cancer, Wind River Financial

Thank you to our 2017 live auction donors!

Eno Vino Wine Bar & Bistro

Big Top Baseball

SnapSports of Wisconsin

WISC-TV/News 3
Rare Steakhouse

Whistling Straits

Bo Ryan and Frank Kaminsky

Thank you to the original Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin Board of Ambassadors!

Jennie Adrian, Todd Adrian, Kelly Ryan, Mike Shult, Kelly Richardson, Brad Richardson, Dave Shaw, Magali Shaw, Kim Bidlingmyer, Amy Gard, David Gallianetti, Justin Krbec, Pat Joyce, Brad Wilk, Thomas Marini, Deanna Jeter

A heartfelt thank you to individuals and families for their investment and annual membership into the Laureate Society. The Laureate Society is a nationwide program of the American Cancer Society that provides recognition to individuals and family foundations with $10,000 or more in cumulative giving annually.

Honorable Laureates: Mike & Cheryl Shult and Family, Matt and Barb Uselman
Visionary Laureates: Bruce and Coris Crass, Bo and Kelly Ryan, and Anonymous Family

Thank You!

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