NWTC students to donate $14K to Bellin’s Cancer Team

12/08/2008

GREEN BAY — Northeast Wisconsin Technical College students in Jerry Lintz’s hotel and restaurant management class recently served up a fundraising plan to aid area cancer patients after learning that their teacher would be facing a personal battle against cancer.

That plan resulted in $14,326 being raised for The Cancer Team at Bellin Health. The donation comes on the heels of the fundraiser, Bid for the Cure: Providing Power, Strength, and Hope. It honored Lintz and was designed to support the needs of area cancer patients and their families. Lintz’s class selected The Cancer Team as the fundraiser’s beneficiary.

Lintz’s students will present Bellin with a $14,326 check from the mid-November fundraiser during a 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. public event on Wednesday, Dec. 10, in the hospital’s lobby, the Laird Welcome Center. Lintz, diagnosed with cancer this fall and currently recovering from his cancer treatments, is expected to attend the event.

“The selflessness and effort to raise this amount of money for helping patients using our cancer center, especially considering that many of these students are balancing school, work, family and their own finances, is absolutely phenomenal,” said Michael Frohna, president of The Bellin Foundation. He will officially receive the check from Lintz’s students. “It’s clearly indicative of the type of close relationship these students have with Jerry and the level of respect and genuine admiration they have for him.”

Dr. Kelly Lynch, a medical oncologist at The Cancer Team, expressed similar thoughts.

“In addition to medical expertise and treatment, it is this type of thoughtfulness that gives patients that extra dose of hope they sometimes need to bolster their spirits as they move further along the road to recovery from cancer,” Lynch said.

The Cancer Team is a 32,000-square-foot facility located at Bellin’s Ashwaubenon campus. It opened in 2008, eliminating the need for area patients to travel to university hospitals or larger cities in order to receive high-quality cancer care in one facility. It serves patients in Northeast Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

For more information, please call Nancy Colden, NWTC, at (920) 498-5718.