National leaders in breast cancer research will be presenting at the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Melodie Wilson Oldenburg Breast Cancer Symposium on Friday at MCW’s Alumni Center, 8701 Watertown Plank Road in Milwaukee.
The symposium honors the legacy of Melodie Wilson Oldenburg, a former Milwaukee news reporter and anchor on WITI-TV (Channel 6) and WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) who was among the first to publicly share her battle with breast cancer. Wilson Oldenburg became Milwaukee’s leading advocate for breast cancer awareness and support for breast cancer prevention, education and research programs until her death in 2009.
Speakers at the symposium include: Dr. Charles Balch from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas; Dr. William Gradishar from the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago; Dr. Funda Meric-Bernstam and Dr. Elizabeth Mittendorf from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston; and Dr. Lee Wilke from the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison.
Wilson Oldenburg served as a member of the MCW Board of Trustees and was the co-founder of the MCW Cancer Center Advisory Board. She also founded and led ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, an organization that provides free one-on-one help, support and hope for breast cancer patients.
The event was made possible by support from Oldenburg’s family and friends.