For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — On May 10 Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Inc. (MACC Fund) leaders awarded a $50,000 one-year grant to support Marshfield Clinic’s Children’s Oncology Group Clinical Trials for pediatric hematology and oncology.
“The MACC Fund’s reputation across Wisconsin is well regarded thanks to its fundraising efforts for childhood cancer and blood disorders research and its association with the state’s professional and collegiate teams and athletes, including the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers,” said Dr. Susan Turney, CEO of Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS). “Our researchers and clinicians have made a tremendous difference in the lives of thousands of young cancer patients. This grant will allow Marshfield Clinic to continue seeking new pediatric cancer treatments.”
The MACC Fund board is hopeful this grant will lead to a greater collaborative clinical effort between Marshfield Clinic and the other long-established beneficiaries of MACC Fund support, namely Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center.
“We are excited about the possibility of expanding clinical research support to this part of the state with the hope of advancing the best care for the children of the area as well as the state and nation,” said Kevin Steiner, vice chair of the MACC Fund’s board of directors, who presented the grant on behalf of the board. Steiner is president/CEO of West Bend Mutual Insurance Company.
Marshfield Clinic children’s pediatric cancer specialists treat childhood cancers and blood disorders and staff the region’s only pediatric oncology inpatient unit at Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Marshfield.
“Philanthropy through Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation supports pediatric oncology programs systemwide, helping to provide clinical trials through Children’s Oncology Group, state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment equipment, educational and comfort items, and additional family assistance,” said Teri Wilczek, MCHS Foundation chief philanthropy officer. “We are honored to be added as the fourth MACC Fund partner, joining an esteemed group of organizations using research and clinical care to support kids and families battling childhood cancer. This cause is near and dear to our hearts.”
The nonprofit MACC Fund was founded in 1976 by Jon McGlocklin, former Milwaukee Bucks player and television color analyst, and Eddie Doucette, former Bucks play-by-play announcer whose son Brett was diagnosed with leukemia as a toddler in 1975. The MACC Fund has contributed over $59 million dollars for childhood cancer and related blood disorder research.
MACC Fund is the beneficiary of the 40th annual Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Boys and Girls All-Star Games June 16-17 in Wisconsin Dells. Several Marshfield-area athletes who are participating in the game and raising funds attended the May 10 presentation.
The WBCA’s support of the MACC Fund dates back to 1978, and it is the second longest standing sponsor following the Milwaukee Bucks. It has contributed over $2 million through the All-Star Games. Last year’s games raised $147,000.