Published on May 03, 2022

ProHealth Care’s Walks for Cancer ambassadors share an interest in supporting local cancer patients

Carolyn Huenink of Beaver Dam, Jeff Voelkel of Mukwonago, and Patricia Ashley of Pewaukee as this year’s honorary Walks for Cancer ambassadors.

The ProHealth Care Foundation has named Carolyn Huenink of Beaver Dam, Jeff Voelkel of Mukwonago, and Patricia Ashley of Pewaukee as this year’s honorary Walks for Cancer ambassadors. Each has an interest in helping other cancer patients learn about the advanced cancer care and support available in our community.

When Huenink was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in July 2018, she sought a second opinion from experts at the UW Health Cancer Center at ProHealth Care. Then she chose to receive care at ProHealth’s cancer centers in Oconomowoc and Pewaukee.

Huenink’s treatment included a surgical lumpectomy, chemotherapy and a double mastectomy. Her surgeries were performed at ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital. She was particularly impressed with the nurse navigator services she received.

“When I was going through treatment, my mom asked me at one point, ‘What have you learned?’ I said, it’s about the inherent goodness that is in people,” she said.

Huenink hopes that by sharing her cancer story, she will convince others to get a mammogram or exam they might be fearful about.

Voelkel was surprised to learn that he had throat cancer in spring 2021. He received a tonsillectomy at Waukesha Memorial in July 2021, followed by radiation treatments at ProHealth’s cancer center in Mukwonago.

“I can't say how much the support services have meant to make this journey easier than it might have been,” Voelkel said. “I want to have those services continue for other patients in the future.”

Ashley was diagnosed with head and neck cancer in January 2021. She has received chemotherapy and radiation treatment under the care of the cancer center team close to her home in Pewaukee.

“I didn't have any idea what to expect, but I did know from the very first meeting I had with my physicians and the team that I was in the right place,” she said.

“The excellent treatment I received on this journey has been followed up with ongoing support made possible by the Walks for Cancer donations,” Ashley said.

Every ProHealth patient receives personalized care and support from a multidisciplinary cancer care team, including oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, nurses and a specially trained oncology nurse navigator.

The Walks for Cancer are held each spring to support the work of the ProHealth Care Foundation. Funds raised help support cancer research, cancer center technology, and patient education and support services. Anyone can register for the walks, which are being held virtually this year.

Registration is open at ProHealthCare.org/WalksforCancer through May 31. The cost to participate is $20 online or $25 by mail. Everyone who registers will receive a T-shirt mailed to the address provided at registration and a webpage that can be personalized to help reach personal fundraising goals.

Registrants will also receive emails about the event and inspiring messages from the ambassadors, cancer center specialists, and foundation leaders and staff. Those who walk can submit photos that may be shared on the foundation’s Facebook page.

Frequently asked questions about the walks can be found at ProHealthCare.org/WalksforCancer. For questions, email WalksforCancer@phci.org or call 262-928-9255.

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