Although we have always philanthropically supported cancer research, we truly didn’t understand the magnitude of the disease until it became excruciatingly personal to us. As was well documented, Greg’s father, Glen Gard, passed away in October of 2015 after a six-month battle with glioblastoma multiforme, a form of brain cancer. A few months following his death, we began reflecting on our journey and having conversations about how to embrace and carry forward the lessons we had learned. We considered the best ways we could use our experience to help other people while honoring Greg’s late father.
Through this process, it became clear to us that we wanted our impact to be across the state of Wisconsin because it’s these very same people and places who have made both of us who we are today. We wanted our presence to be felt by patients and researchers in the Dane County community as well as from border to border across Wisconsin. Glen was committed to helping locally first and foremost, and therefore the idea to help our home state became a top priority. We wanted to think globally but help locally, just as Glen did for much of his adult life.
Thus, our Garding Against Cancer campaign was born. To gain ground and catch this dreaded disease, our campaign supports cancer researchers around the state. We utilize our platform, our voice and resources, and our time and energy to offer awareness of all types of cancer, support those who spend their daily lives studying the prevention of this disease, stand with those who are searching for cures, fight with those who are providing better treatment options and, most importantly, support the patients and their families who are personally affected by cancer. With so many great resources and people right here in Wisconsin, it made perfect sense to us to do as much as possible with, and for, those right here at home.
We know that with highly dedicated people and resources behind this campaign, we will have a significant, visible impact across Wisconsin. Every minute of time counts, and every nickel matters. We look forward to seeing everyone at our upcoming events.