2019 Impacts of Giving

Already, through the generosity of donors and friends, progress is being made in the fight against cancer. From breakthroughs in research to advancements in patient care, funds raised are going to where they can do the most good. These articles describe some of the impacts donations from Garding Against Cancer are making toward furthering research and compassionate patient care right here in Wisconsin.

  • Better Together: Statewide Tumor Board Unites Cancer Research and Treatment

    To cut down on unnecessary cancer treatments, it would be ideal to quickly – and accurately – predict which drugs should be given to which patients. With funding from Garding Against Cancer and tumor samples generously donated by patients to UW Carbone’s Precision Medicine Molecular Tumor Board, Dr. Dusty Deming and colleagues are moving toward just that in colon, pancreas and other cancers.
  • Predicting Breast Cancer Through Machine Learning Techniques

    Current breast cancer screening guidelines are good, but they could be improved to better screen people with above-average risks. With funding from Garding Against Cancer and a UW2020 grant, Elizabeth Burnside, MD, and her team are combining complex sets of genetic information with machine learning techniques to more precisely identify risk factors and improve early detection of breast cancer.
  • New Microscope Helps Researchers Better See Changes Inside Cancer Cells

    Visualizing microscopic structures in cells and tissues is a crucial part of understanding how cancers develop. A $50,000 supporting contribution from Garding Against Cancer helped UW-Madison scientists land a $1.3M grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to acquire a new, state-of-the-art electron microscope to peer deep into cancer cells.
  • Rapidly Advancing Cancer Immunotherapy

    Zach Morris: Immunotherapies are revolutionizing cancer treatment, but they only work in around 15-20% of patients. To improve effects in cancers where immunotherapies tend to work poorly, such as brain cancers or neuroblastoma, Dr. Zach Morris – the featured speaker at this year’s Garding Against Cancer signature event – is using Garding funds to build off of what his group has already found to be successful in immunotherapy and looking for ways to boost the immune system even more.
  • Garding Against Cancer Helps Cancer Patients in the Oshkosh Area

    Funding cancer patient care and treatments in the Oshkosh community.
  • Garding Against Cancer Helps Wausau Area Cancer Patients

    Funding cancer patient care and treatments in the Wausau community.
Past Giving Impacts

In the News

Check out the latest news and stories on how Garding Against Cancer is making a difference.

Interview with Greg Gard on NBC 15
NBC 15

Garding Against Cancer suprasses $4 million in cancer research

The event raised $800,000 and the money will go to the UW Carbone Cancer Center, benefiting cancer research . Gard has raised $4.2 million over the past 29 months through his Garding Against Cancer Foundation.

Interview with Greg Gard on News 3
Wisconsin State Journal

Bucky on Parade Comes to an End in Finale Auction Party, Raising Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars

Marking the end of the months-long Bucky on Parade public arts project, more than 30 statues re-creating the University of Wisconsin mascot were auctioned Saturday, raising more than $800,000 for cancer research and other causes.

Greg Gard
Wisconsin State Journal

Greg Gard Targets Cancer Here at Home

So instead of Bedford Falls, there is Cobb, Wisconsin. Instead of George Bailey, there was Glen Gard. Now we have his son, and he is building big things in real life.

Greg and Michelle Gard

We have always philanthropically supported cancer research, but we didn’t understand the magnitude of the disease until it became excruciatingly personal to us. Greg’s father, Glen Gard, passed away in October of 2015 after a six-month battle with glioblastoma multiforme, an excruciating form of brain cancer. Shortly thereafter, our reflections became clear that we wanted to honor Glen by helping others across the state of Wisconsin. Glen believed in thinking globally but supporting locally. Thus, Garding Against Cancer was born.

However, what we didn’t fathom two years ago was how quickly our initiative would grow. Thousands of people have related to our story; the struggle, the pain, and how cancer mercilessly changes lives forever. Even more powerfully noted, though, are the multitude of generous and compassionate people who have joined our team; supporting cancer research at UW Carbone Cancer Center, as well as enhancing patient care around the state of WI. It is this warm response and philanthropic endorsement that has made Garding Against Cancer exceptionally impactful and has given light to the darkness for numerous patients and their families. We are humbled by the support and sincerely appreciate everyone who is making a difference. We know that, together, we will continue to take steps forward in this fight, until cancer is a distant memory.

– Coach Greg and Michelle Gard


To get involved with Garding Against Cancer or learn more, contact Heather Garrison at 608-308-5149 or heather.garrison@supportuw.org.