For Rick Onson, the decision to support the mercyStrong Cancer Project was personal. "Cancer touches almost everyone," he said. My father-in-law died of cancer. My sister has breast cancer. Everyone knows someone who has cancer." Although they do not live in the area and did not receive treatment at the Michael D. Wachtel Cancer Center, Rick is grateful that they were able to be treated close to their homes. "It's difficult for people to get to and from appointments so often. Home is always the best place to rest. The closer we can bring quality therapy to home, the better off the patient," he said. Rick also understands that with cancer there are a lot of ancillary issues to be addressed—medical and others.
As a pharmacist at Mercy Medical Center, Rick has opportunities to see how his gifts impact the care in the Michael D. Wachtel Cancer Center. "I feel fortunate that I am able to make some contribution and have a desire to do that," he said. Rick makes his gifts to the mercyStrong Cancer Project through a pledge to the annual G1ve One! Employee Campaign.
Rick has been with Mercy for 25 years. He and his wife, Linda, a nurse practitioner at St. Elizabeth Hospital, are long-time Oshkosh residents.