Donations Make a Difference
Ellen Anderson is a lifelong Oshkosh resident who has experienced the impact of Mercy Medical Center time and time again. Her daughter and granddaughter were both born at Mercy. Her husband had surgery there and her good friend, Pat Siebold, received her cancer treatments at the Michael D. Wachtel Cancer Center. Mercy has touched the lives of those Ellen cares about many times and has even impacted Ellen directly. In 1991, Ellen was diagnosed with Stage 1 ovarian cancer. She credits the doctors at Mercy for catching the cancer so early. "Because they found the cancer early and provided me with excellent care, I didn't need chemo or radiation," she said.
As a US Bank employee for over 45 years, Ellen has gotten to know a lot of local people. So when her friend Pat asked if she could help invited potential donors to the Mercy Health Foundation Partners for Health event several years ago, Ellen was happy to help her friend and the Foundation. Ellen has been attending Foundation events and making regular contributions ever since.
"It is so important that we continue to have the ability to treat complicated medical needs right here in Oshkosh. Who wants to travel all the way to Milwaukee and be outside their comfort zone, when they could stay in town surrounded by their family," Ellen said.
Ellen wants everyone to know that small donations over a period of time add up to make a big difference. "For me, I started out with a small donation and when I saw the difference that my donation could make here in the community, I thought that I could do more."