The support from our community helps us fund innovative cancer research at UW Carbone. Join us at Carbone's Race for Research as we honor our Carbone Heroes. Our Carbone Heroes have each raised at least $1,000 through their own fundraising efforts in 2016. Be sure to read their stories below and give them a hi-five on Saturday, October 7!

Aly's Honky Tonk Hustle

Russ and Sheila Wolff formed The Aly Wolff Foundation, Inc. in March of 2014- shortly after their daughter, Aly, passed away from neuroendocrine cancer. They have since raised over $700,000 for Neuroendocrine Tumor Research and human hair wigs through their annual event, Aly's Honky Tonk Hustle. Aly's Honky Tonk Hustle is a 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run and post-party celebration.


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Scramble for a Cure

Scramble for a Cure is a golf outing held each season at Evergreen Country Club in Elkhorn, Wisconsin to benefit breast cancer research conducted by Dr. Kari Wisinski at the UW Carbone Cancer Center. 

The event is held the last Wednesday of September each year and is open to the public. The golf outing committee consists of Bill and Cindy Rogers and their daughters, Alexandria and Samantha. 

  Mama Goose Run

The Mama Goose Memorial Run/Walk began in 2009 to honor the life of Peggy "Mama Goose" Giesfeldt who lost her 7+ year battle with cancer (sarcoma). She was treated wonderfully at the UW Carbone Cancer Center, undoubtedly adding years to her life. The Mama Goose Run donates all of its proceeds to UW Carbone to honor the life of Mama Goose and to support the wonderful center who treated her so well.  


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Pancreatic Task Force

The Pancreas Cancer Task Force is comprised of local patients, community leaders, family members and care-takers working in close partnership with staff at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.  Task Force volunteers are committed to raising funds to support research right here in Wisconsin and to help coordinate the annual “Pedal for Pancreas” bike ride in Verona.  Task Force members also engage in community projects that support patient experiences, increase public awareness and build youth education with regards to pancreas cancer. 

Compared to all other cancers, patients facing pancreas cancer have the lowest survival rate and only about 8% of patients live 5 years after diagnosis. The Task Force and the UWCCC partners are dedicated to giving patients and their families the opportunity to live longer and to enjoy a higher quality life together.   


Automation Components Bowling Event

Automation Components, Inc., a sensor manufacturing company out of Middleton, WI and University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center partnered for the ACI and Schwenn Family Professorship for cancer research in early 2016.

Since 2016, ACI hosts an annual bowling event for employees to participate in, which has raised over $102,000 towards the professorship. Based on the amount raised by ACI’s friends and family, ACI will match up to $50,000 and Schwenn (CEO) has then pledged to match that amount to honor the memory of his late wife, Mindy, who lost her battle with colon cancer. Once ACI reaches the $500,000 goal, the Morgridge Family will match $500,000 to make it a million dollar professorship.

One Woman Many Lakes

One Woman Many Lakes, founded by Mary Gooze-- who has stage IV breast cancer-- is a campaign to raise awareness and funding for metastatic breast cancer. Over the past three years Mary has swum 34 lakes and over 47 miles around the world. She has raised over $400,000 towards her $1 million goal and is taking off her wetsuit to walk for stage IV research.

Rita's Ride

Rita's Ride is the signature event of the Jodi Lou Lung Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization created by Jodi Lou just months before she died. It's an annual motorcycle ride that takes place every year the last weekend of July in Waunakee. In addition, Jodi's daughter hosts Sophie's Spaghetti Dinner during lung cancer awareness month in November and a Bake & Craft sale in the spring on Mother's Day weekend.

They are dedicated to supporting the lung cancer research program at UW Carbone and, in turn, Jodi's dream of saving another parent the pain of having to say "goodbye" to their child. As Jodi said, "I never I DREAM...". For more information, please go to

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Curl vs Cancer

The Madison Curling Club has been raising funds for the UW Carbone Cancer Center for the past 15 years. Our "Curl vs. Cancer" curling bonspiel (tournament) has generated interest from several states and has raised $164,000 over the years. This event is a curling tournament where participants are asked to raise at least $60 each to play. Our top fundraisers have asked friends, family, workout buddies, and most importantly curlers to support their annual fundraising goals and last year one person raised over $7,000! She says it is all about the "ask". Our goal is to help our UW researchers unlock the secrets to this debilitating and often fatal disease, "One rock at a time!" 

This event relies on the generous members of the Madison Curling Club to raise funds and to support the event. We would love you to join us this February! If you have an interest in learning about the sport of curling and would like to raise money for the Carbone Cancer Center, then this is the perfect event for you. Visit the Madison Curling Club's website for more information: See you on the ice, February 17-18, 2018. 


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Cardinals for the Cure

Cancer has touched the lives of many of Kelli Wolff's relatives.  Inspired by their stories, the work of the UW Carbone Cancer Center, and hoping to play a small part in helping to find a cure, Kelli was inspired to start Cardinals for the Cure at Marshall Middle School in Janesville, Wisconsin, where she is employed.  It started out simply with a group of teachers and paraprofessionals deciding to stage a "pink out" day at school and has culminated in the group having raised over $10,000 since they started in 2011.  Together, teachers, paraprofessionals and special education students have made crafts ranging from jewelry to bookmarks to ornaments and more and have sold Cardinals for the Cure t-shirts and sweatshirts.  These items were available to purchase during the students' lunches with all proceeds going to UW Carbone. The month long fundraising event is celebrated with a school-wide pink out.  On that day, staff and students wear pink, anything goes: pink hair, pink tu-tus and even a pink bathrobe borrowed from your mom!  This grand finale for the month of October usually brings a tear to Kelli's eye.