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 diagnosed with breast cancer in a process that began with a routine mammogram in the Phyllis Leach Breast Center. After a lumpectomy performed by Dr. Robert Weber at Mercy, Pat was prescribed a course of 33 radiation treatments in the Michael D. Wachtel Cancer Center that concluded in November.
Lisa, her daughter, said they did get a second opinion at University Hospital in Madison, but decided the care Pat needed was available right in Oshkosh at Mercy. "She felt 100 percent confident in the facility and with the people she was familiar with," Lisa said. "We completely understood when she asked us to make a gift to Mercy. In our eyes, they saved her life." Lisa, her brother John and sister-in-law Tina made a tribute gift to Mercy Health Foundation's cancer fund to support Mercy and other patients undergoing cancer treatment.
Pat is an enthusiastic member of Mercy Health Foundation's Discover Mercy team and frequently shares the story of her journey through cancer at the twice monthly sessions to introduce the public to Mercy's mission. "When cancer happens to you, it is a real relief to know that you can have your treatments in your own hometown and that the treatments are the best," Pat tells participants. At the completion of her radiation therapy, the technicians in the cancer center presented Pat with a certificate and pronounced her cancer free. "You know how good that sounds?" she said.