Pictured above: Laura Lauer (right) and her daughter Tanya Lauer created Aim for a Cure to raise money for cancer research.
Marshfield Clinic is incredibly grateful for the generosity of each volunteer. Each month the Development Department selects a volunteer to feature in recognition of the dedication and service they bring to Marshfield Clinic’s philanthropic efforts. No matter the level of experience, the most important qualities are enthusiasm and a giving spirit.
Laura Lauer works in oncology research at Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, which gives her an up-close look at the needs of the research program.
“I decided I could do something I loved, which was archery, and benefit the people I served through the Clinic,” she explained. In January of 2012, she approached the Development Department for support in organizing an annual “AIM for a CURE” archery shoot to raise money for cancer research.
Lauer and her archery club, Black Hawk Archers in Custer, Wis., recently completed the 2nd annual AIM for a CURE.
“What I enjoy the most about volunteering for Marshfield Clinic is the contact I have with so many people,” she said. “By developing this event, I have had the opportunity to interact with patients, friends, family, fellow archers, staff and area businesses.
In the process, Lauer has been able to participate in a sport she truly enjoys, share her sport with others and raise awareness of cancer research and the needs of the community.
“I can truly say it has been a win-win event in my life,” she said. Lauer explained that volunteering and giving have brought her exceptional rewards. These rewards are not tangible but are something she feels inside that enhance her self-confidence, self- image and her overall well-being as a person.
“Marshfield Clinic had been part of my personal life before it became part of my professional life,” she noted. “The physicians at the clinic have treated members of my family for years and provided exceptional care to them. That includes everyone from the pediatrics staff and specialists who cared for my children to the oncology team who treated my children’s father.
“I want to make sure that great care continues.”