Grant to Aid Cancer Treatment in Rural Communities

(Left to right) Linda Laarman, board member of the Door County Community Foundation, presents a check to Christine Vanden Hoogen, Philanthropy Specialist for St. Vincent & St. Mary’s Hospitals.

The Door County Community Foundation recently awarded the St. Vincent Hospital Regional Cancer Center a Sustainability Grant from the Health and Human Needs Fund and the Elizabeth “Betty” Lawrence Memorial Fund to purchase a blanket warmer.

“Patients may unfortunately experience a variety of challenging side effects while receiving chemotherapy treatments, with one of those effects being the sensation of being cold. Our hope is that the blanket warmer will help patients feel as comfortable as possible during those treatments thereby increasing the likelihood that they can undergo the entire course of their individual treatment plan,” said Linda Laarman, board member of the Door County Community Foundation.

The St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center group of 19 oncologists is the largest group of medical and radiation oncologists in the region. The oncologists travel to regional communities, including Door County, who are part of the St. Vincent Cancer Collaborative. For more information visit