UW-Stout partners with Greg and Michelle Gard to take on cancer

By University Communications
August 1, 2017
UW-Stout Chancellor Bob Meyer discusses the Garding Against Cancer event scheduled for Sept. 7 with UW-Madison men’s basketball coach Greg Gard.

Photo: UW-Stout Chancellor Bob Meyer discusses the Garding Against
Cancer event scheduled for Sept. 7 with UW-Madison men’s basketball
coach Greg Gard.


University of Wisconsin-Stout Chancellor Bob Meyer said Wednesday that on Sept. 7, 2017, UW-Madison men’s basketball coach Greg Gard and his wife, Michelle, will host two Garding Against Cancer (GAC) events in partnership with UW–Stout in Menomonie.

The events will raise funds for cancer research and patient care, and all proceeds will be put to work in Menomonie and Dunn County. A business lunch will feature remarks from Coach Gard and UW–Stout men’s basketball coach Ed Andrist, a story from a local patient and a raffle. Later in the day, a community picnic will include food, drinks, music and family-friendly activities.

Michelle Gard

“Although we have always philanthropically supported cancer research, we truly didn’t understand the magnitude of the disease until it became excruciatingly personal to us,” says Michelle Gard, noting that Greg’s father passed away from brain cancer in 2015. “With so many great resources and people right here in Wisconsin, it made perfect sense to us to do as much as possible with, and for, those right here at home.”

On June 26, the Gards visited the UW–Stout campus and met with Chancellor Meyer; Vice Chancellor Phil Lyons; Athletic Director Duey Naatz; Andrist; and Steve Lindberg, chief administrative officer of Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar in Menomonie, to discuss partnering with Garding Against Cancer to host these events and how best to give back to the local community. All proceeds will remain in Dunn County, and GAC will make an additional donation to help fight cancer in the area.

“Cancer is a disease that unfortunately affects all families at some point,” Meyer said. “I am honored that the Gards would ask UW-Stout to help with this effort, and we will do everything to ensure this is a successful event.”

More details, along with sponsorship and registration opportunities, will follow in the coming weeks.

WHAT: Garding Against Cancer fundraisers to support Dunn County’s fight against cancer

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 7, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at UW–Stout’s Great Hall in the Memorial Student Center; and 5:30–8 p.m. at outside UW–Stout’s Johnson Fieldhouse

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Bottom Photo: Michelle Gard.