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Donor Stories

Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization and others.

Patient Stories

  • Paying it Forward
    Paying it Forward
    Breast cancer survivor Nancy Wilms only had one chemotherapy treatment. But, nine days later her hair fell out in handfuls.
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  • Easing the Pain
    Easing the Pain
    Sue Neabling hasn't had a day without pain for 30 years. Some days it's nearly unbearable.
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  • Fitness is for Everyone
    Fitness is for Everyone
    Four years ago, Donna Cole had a major stroke while still in her fifties. She was working two part-time jobs, but had no health insurance and couldn't afford her medications...
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  • Cancer is a Scary Word
    Cancer is a Scary Word
    "As scary as everything is," cancer survivor Carrie Tyriver said. "If you have that support it makes a big difference..."
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  • Building Hope and Health
    Building Hope and Health
    As a comedian, Carl Strong's work frequently took him on the road as he toured with celebrities such as Gladys Knight...
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  • Courage through the Journey
    Courage through the Journey
    On September 26, 2013, Jerry Woodson, Neshkoro, completed a series 33 radiation treatments for nasopharyngeal cancer...
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  • Personalized Cancer Care
    Personalized Cancer Care
    "It's something you don't want to go through," Marilyn Blase said of her experience with radiation therapy for breast cancer in the Michael D. Wachtel Cancer Center.
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  • A Lasting Tribute
    A Lasting Tribute
    When Al Ritsema moved his family to Oshkosh in 1968 to take a position at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, his wife Wilma became very involved in volunteer work.
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Donor Stories

  • Endowment a Forever Gift
    Endowment a Forever Gift
    Bev Fretchel, Scholarship Committee Chairperson, said their inspiration was former volunteer Al Ritsema, who...
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  • Supporting Quality Health Care—Close to Home
    Supporting Quality Health Care?Close to Home
    Joe McCreery is a long-time friend and donor to Mercy Health Foundation. His involvement began over 30 years ago with a minor fundraising effort and in 1986 he...
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  • Betty Hoeft
    Betty Hoeft
    Good friends at Evergreen Retirement Community introduced Betty Hoeft to the work of Mercy Health Foundation. She first participated in a one-hour Discover Mercy tour and was particularly...
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  • A Friend Remembered
    A Friend Remembered
    Henry Kimberly had a passion for Oshkosh—helping it grow and making sure that services, including quality health care, were available to sustain a high quality of life.
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  • A Tribute to Natalie
    A Tribute to Natalie
    Mary Jo Menzies wants her 16-year-old daughter Natalie, who died in a car accident in February of 2010, to be remembered. To honor, celebrate and remember Natalie's beautiful...
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  • Paying it Forward
    Paying it Forward
    When Pat Seibold's two grown children asked her what she wanted for her December birthday, she told them, "The best thing you can do for me is give back to Mercy." In July of 2010, Pat was...
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  • Meeting Basic Needs
    Meeting Basic Needs
    The J.J. Keller Foundation began partnering with Mercy Health Foundation in support of the Living Healthy Community (LHCC), Oshkosh, in 2009, through annual grant awards.
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  • Effective, Efficient and Rewarding
    Effective, Efficient and Rewarding
    Sylvia McDonald, RN, served nine years on the Mercy Health Foundation Board of Trustees including multiple terms as board chair...
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  • Rick Onson
    Rick Onson
    For Rick Onson, the decision to support the mercyStrong Cancer Project was personal. "Cancer touches almost everyone," he said.
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  • Caring for the Community
    Caring for the Community
    Bill and Jeanne Behlman made their initial estate plan several years ago. "But now, some things have changed and we wanted...
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  • Donations Make a Difference
    Donations Make a Difference
    Ellen Anderson is a lifelong Oshkosh resident who has experienced the impact of Mercy Medical Center time and time again.
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  • Compassion, Quality Appreciated
    Compassion, Quality Appreciated
    Jim and Dolores Kohn enjoyed 58 years of marriage before her death on their anniversary; June 11, 2013.
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  • Living MercyStrong
    Living MercyStrong
    Joy Konrad made an action plan to cope with the waves of shock after hearing, "You have cancer," following a routine mammogram.
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