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July 18 2016

UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care patients receive gifts of warmth from Subaru, leukemia society


One hundred cancer patients at the UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care in Pewaukee are receiving brightly colored chenille blankets from Wilde Subaru of Waukesha, thanks to the Wisconsin Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the national Subaru Loves to Care program. The ProHealth Care Foundation accepted the blankets on behalf of the patients on July 15.

“We began distributing the blankets immediately, and were very moved by the patients who received them,” said Sloan Maes, director of ProHealth Care oncology services. “Several patients were brought to tears. Everyone here is very appreciative of the fact that Wilde Subaru and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society selected the patients at the UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care for this gift.”

Twenty boxes of blankets were delivered to the cancer center by Karen Ropel, deputy executive director of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The first of many blankets to be distributed were given to patients by Pete Erkkila, Wilde Subaru general manager, and Mike Scott, Wilde new-car manager. Each blanket comes with messages written to the recipient by Wilde Subaru customers as part of Subaru Loves to Care.

“One customer signed the card as Batman and the patient who received it said she felt like Superwoman,” Maes said. “Even the smallest of gestures has incredible meaning for a cancer patient.”

Subaru Loves to Care is a Subaru of America and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society program in which participating Subaru retailers across the United States provide blankets and messages of hope to patients undergoing cancer treatment at local hospitals and treatment centers. Subaru plans to distribute more than 30,000 blankets to patients fighting cancer across the country. About 400 Subaru retailers are participating nationwide, including 11 in Wisconsin, where 900 blankets are being distributed.

For more information about ProHealth care cancer care, visit ProHealthCare.org/Cancer.


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For more than a century, ProHealth Care has been the health care leader in Waukesha County and surrounding areas, providing outstanding care across a full spectrum of services. The people of ProHealth Care strive to continuously improve the health and well-being of the community by combining skill, compassion and innovation. The ProHealth family includes ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital, ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, ProHealth Rehabilitation Hospital of Wisconsin, ProHealth Medical Group, the UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care, Moreland Surgery Center, ProHealth AngelsGrace Hospice, ProHealth Home Care, ProHealth West Wood Health & Fitness Center and ProHealth Regency Senior Communities. Learn more at ProHealthCare.org.