A sisterhood of survivors who give back

“I’ve seen Team Phoenix change the lives of women cancer survivors and build bonds in a way other support groups are unable to do,” shared Mary Nelson.

Mary and a group of dedicated volunteers helped organize the annual Breast Cancer 9-Pin Tap fundraiser at Motion Plus Lanes in Cudahy. This year’s event raised more than $4,800.

Mary isn’t just a passionate supporter of Team Phoenix, she’s also a former member and cancer survivor. Team Phoenix is a cancer survivorship program, where members train for a sprint-distance triathlon. It’s led by Aurora breast surgeon Judy Tjoe, MD, cancer rehabilitation specialist Leslie Waltke, DPT, and is supported by Aurora Research Institute.

“Not only was it a fun way to support a cause that I – and so many others – care about deeply, but it was also a great way to meet new people and stay connected to the sisterhood that is Team Phoenix,” explained Mary.

Other survivor athletes agree.

“The camaraderie with alumni, along with our supportive network, form the spirit and backbone of the women,” said Jennifer Ardellini, cancer survivor and 2018 Team Phoenix athlete.

Funds raised will help cover qualifying athletes’ fees to join Team Phoenix. They’ll also be used for equipment and training. The Ruud Family Foundation has provided a $25,000 matching donation this year to help Team Phoenix support as many women possible. Make a gift today and your investment will be matched!

To learn more or make a gift, visit give.aurora.org/teamphoenix.

Team Phoenix athletes and cancer survivors were among the bowlers who helped raise nearly $5,000 at the event.

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