2017 Fashion Show - Cheryl's Story

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When Cheryl was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was shocked and scared. Fortunately, Nurse Navigator Peggy was by her side every step of the way. 

Cheryl says she wouldn’t have been able to get through her cancer treatment without Peggy’s endless support and encouragement.

“When you get diagnosed with cancer, you face some really dark days,” Cheryl says. “You never think you have to face your mortality at 42 years old. You can imagine what ran through my head at the time.”

Cheryl discovered the lump in early October 2012 and was diagnosed with breast cancer. After researching various cancer programs that came back with the same diagnosis and treatment plan as Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s, Cheryl’s decision ultimately came down to relationships and comfort.

“I had great faith in Dr. Lal and Dr. Nand, but also Peggy Long, the Nurse Navigator,” she says. “They didn't just treat me medically, but they supported me from an emotional standpoint as well, whereas if I went to a different hospital, I'd just be a number. I felt really at home and at peace.”

Peggy, especially, helped foster that warm and caring environment. She was by Cheryl’s side during the entire process, explaining her diagnosis and treatment plan, answering any and all questions, scheduling all of her appointments and lending emotional support.

“At first I thought, okay, Peggy is going to be there to navigate my appointments. But then it became, okay, Peggy is going to answer my questions. And then Peggy is going to support me emotionally,” Cheryl says. “And every time I was here, somehow Peggy showed up by my side, held my hand, cheered me on, and reassured me. So she became a really integral part of the overall treatment program. I don't think I could have gotten through it without her.”

Peggy and Cheryl walked through her journey together, through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Today, Cheryl is happy and healthy and enjoying life like never before.

“I took away really great life lessons. In a way, I feel richer as a person,” she says. “I’m just grateful and I cherish each day. I know that sounds cliché, but emotionally when you've been through what I've been through, you just are so grateful and so appreciative of each day and all the small, little moments that you have.”

The 2017 A Passion for Fashion, Fashion Show and Luncheon, will benefit the expansion and enhancement of this award-winning Nurse Navigator program.



 2017 Fashion Show & Luncheon

Proudly Sponsored By:


Tuesday, April 25, 2017
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Pfister Hotel
424 E. Wisconsin Avenue


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Sponsorship Opportunities
Premier, VIP and Supporting Sponsorship and Table Host opportunities are available. CLICK HERE for sponsorship details. 

Benefitting Cause
Your reservation for "A Passion for Fashion" will support and expand the award-winning breast cancer nurse navigator program offered at the Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Van Dyke Cancer Centers in Milwaukee and Ozaukee.

Schedule of Events
11:00 a.m.
     Silent Auction
     Online Mammogram Scheduling Available
12:00 p.m.
12:45 p.m.
     Fashion Show
1:30 p.m.
     Event Concludes

Parking available in The Pfister Hotel parking structure at reduced rate of $5. NOTE:  Parking is limited and is first come, first served.

Alternate parking lots:
*  770 N. Jefferson Street parking structure (northeast corner of Jefferson Street and Mason Street).  Parking structure entrance located on Mason Street. Fee varies based on time in structure and is the responsibility of the attendee. NOTE:  Due to current construction nearby, parking is limited and is first come, first served. 
*  Other parking structures and street parking nearby.  Fee varies based on time and is the responsibility of the attendee.

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