Driving through Minocqua and passing the Marshfield Clinic, one would not know what kinds of research and care are being delivered by the staff, but the Marshfield Clinic Foundation supports research and care delivery throughout the Marshfield Clinic system.

In order to help support the clinic in its mission, St. Germain Lions Club members recently donated funds. 

Marshfield Clinic Foundation Coordinator Kim Baltus received a $2,000 donation from the club April 19 on behalf of the foundation and earmarked for the clinic’s oncology research and care program. 

According to Marshfield Clinic Research Institute’s Dr. Adedayo Onitilo, Cancer Care and Research Center medical director, having research and health care in one center helps find answers that are most relevant to patients.

“The clinic’s goal is twofold — research, and the delivery of research results to the patients,” said Onitilo. “The foundation is a key to funding the programs of the clinic, and promotes the clinic’s goal with clinical trials available to qualified patients across its system.” 

“Oncology research trials will provide a range of services to patients including trials and internationally recognized cancer research efforts ensuring patients have access to the latest advances in cancer treatment and a range of support programs helping patients navigate the challenges associated with cancer diagnosis,” said Dr. Narayana Murali, Marshfield Clinic executive director. 

According to Murali, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States and the first leading cause of death worldwide. “Cancer research and treatment trials are sometimes the first and, most times the last, fighting chance we can give our patients to combat cancer,” added Murali. 

St. Germain Lions Club members wanted their donation to be used locally and Baltus assured the club that the donation would be used to fund research trials and cancer care in the Lakeland area.