A Tribute to Caring Touches More Lives - St. Francis Foundation - Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - Ascension Wisconsin

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15th Annual A Tribute to Caring Touches More Lives

Over 250 people attended the 15th Annual A Tribute to Caring on Saturday, March 8, at the beautiful Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Milwaukee for an evening of fun and fashion. Through the generosity of many sponsors and donors at this annual fundraiser, the Foundation for St. Francis and Franklin continues to support breast cancer initiatives and has been able to expand its scope by providing support for all cancer patients.

Mayor Scaffidi and Coreen Dicus-Johnson

Hosted by WISN12’s meteorologist Sally Severson, the dinner, silent auction and fashion show capped an evening of recognition to those friends and family members whose strong support helped guide their loved ones through their journeys with cancer.

This year’s event was a tremendous success, raising over $60,000 for cancer education, screening, treatment and support programs. Every dollar raised goes directly to the patients and communities we serve every day. Special thanks to the Medical Executive Committees of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – St. Francis and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – Franklin for their continued Presenting Sponsorship support.

This year’s silent auction included a special electronic bidding feature, allowing guests to bid on items right from their smartphones. The dinner program featured a video honoring Chris Platzer, breast cancer survivor, who paid tribute to her physician, Dr. Jonathan Treisman. Chris’ story was filled with hope, compassion and inspiration.

Dr. Treisman and Chris PlatzerChris and Dr. Treisman joined other leaders, Foundation board members, community members, and physicians in modeling during the popular fashion show. This year’s fashion show was beautifully produced by Faye’s in Mequon and Brookfield. Men’s attire was provided by Squire Apparel in Brookfield.

A Tribute to Caring is hosted annually to benefit uninsured, under-insured and impoverished patients in the screening and diagnosis of cancer, especially through the Su Salud breast cancer education program.

Su Salud brings educational presentations, materials and support resources to women at community centers throughout Milwaukee. The focus is on accessing women within their everyday environments so as to eliminate stigmas and barriers associated with breast health.

The event also supports patients seeking assistance through the Foundation’s Hope Fund. This initiative provides our cancer patients with financial support for day-to-day expenses. Assistance is given to cancer patients to offset such expenses as medical co-pays, mortgage or rent, groceries, transportation, and utility bills. So often, cancer patients without employment or without guaranteed paid time off from work are forced to choose between lost wages and necessary treatments. The Hope Fund enables us to help cancer patients address their financial burdens while maintaining dignity and quality of life.

See highlights from this year's event.