Volunteer: Maggy Schultz
We Care Fund Committee Member
Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Surgery
Maggy Schultz was first introduced to Froedtert and The Medical College of Wisconsin as a patient of Dr. Doug Evans, chairman of the Department of Surgery.
“I was diagnosed with a pancreatic mass and I received such amazing care, not only from Dr. Evans, but the nurses and other medical staff, that I decided I just had to do something to give back,” she said.
The We Care Fund was established in 2010 as a way to raise money solely for medical research in the fields of cancer, cardiovascular disease, organ transplantation and trauma.
Schultz got involved in 2012, and since that time more than $600,000 has been raised, providing funds for seven different seed grants.
“The difference made by this research and the clinical trials associated with the research is incredible. It’s changing medicine all over the world,” Schultz said. “And it’s all happening right here in our community.”
Sometimes, the most promising solutions can’t wait months or years for traditional funding methods. The We Care Fund was established to accelerate the development of life-saving research and methods of care for the people of Wisconsin.
Schultz demonstrates a commitment to inspire and engage others in the community, and makes it her mission to shed light on the work being done at the Medical College.
She regularly chairs or co-chairs events to raise funds and friends of the organization, she said.
Schultz helps organize and lead a regular luncheon series at which physicians and researchers from Froedtert and the Medical College present on new and innovative research projects and goals.
The fund also hosts a cocktail fundraiser each holiday season at Kilbourn Tower in Milwaukee.
“The more people we expose to MCW, ultimately, the more money we will raise for the great things going on there,” Schultz said.
Every penny raised for the fund goes directly to research, she said. Everyone on the committee is a volunteer – there’s no overhead.
“I’ve received such outstanding care at these facilities,” Schultz said. “I see so many people suffer not having advocates for their care. My goal is to make sure everyone knows this resource is right here in our community, because we take it for granted. I know I did.”