This issue is packed full of great and inspiring news: an update on Gavin who was featured in last year’s Couture video, spring annual meeting details, a call for volunteers at new and signature events, good news from the FDA and more!
Life’s Blessings: Gavin’s Story
An update on the Bugalski family featured in 2014 Couture video
Have you ever heard a parent complain about how hectic their life is? How they just need a break from the chaos of running their kids from soccer practice to after school activities or having them beg to play with them after school as they are scrambling to get dinner on the table? So many of us take for granted those little moments; the moments most of us consider normal, just a part of every day. However, to a parent whose son or daughter has childhood cancer, there’s a period of time where nothing is normal and it’s those little moments that are life’s biggest blessing.
Dayle Bugalski, mother of five-year-old Gavin Bugalski talks about these little blessings in life. “It may sound cliché, but having a son with childhood cancer makes you appreciate the little things a lot more,” shared Dayle. “Now, when I come home from work and Gavin asks me to play, I appreciate it so much more because it means he’s feeling good. And we have so much to make up for.”
We heard Gavin’s story last November in the feature video at Women for MACC’s Couture for a Cure event. Gavin’s parents shared how childhood cancer has affected him and his family. Upon diagnosis his mother recalls she was speechless. She felt her world falling apart and couldn’t believe that this was happening. She recalls thinking “I can’t do this, I won’t be able to do this.” Dayle also says “It’s heartbreaking and amazing all at the same time. You never want to have your child go through this, but it is amazing to see what they are able to fight and overcome.”
To read more of Gavin’s story, including how he is doing today and how Dayle feels about WMACC, click here.
Join Us for the Spring General Meeting: Tuesday, May 5
Join WMACC as we usher in spring’s arrival at the Iron Horse Hotel on Tuesday, May 5. Come learn about WMACC’s upcoming events, as well as spring fashion trends from Jordan Dechambre, style expert, brand ambassador, fashion blogger for Bon-Ton Stores, and former M Magazine editor.
FREE to our members. Special thanks to the Iron Horse Hotel for hosting our event. RSVP today!
5:00pm: Check-in and mingle
5:30pm: WMACC Program, including presentation of 2015-2016 Board slate, event updates and more
6:00pm: “Spring Fashion Update” – Presentation and workshop with Jordan Dechambre, style expert, brand ambassador, fashion blogger for Bon-Ton Stores, and former M Magazine Editor
**Food and drinks will be available for purchase in the restaurant after the meeting.
Your Help is Needed with Upcoming Events
NEW EVENT! “Beat the Pro” Ping Pong: Saturday, August 1
Interested in getting involved in WMACC’s new “Beat the Pro” Ping Pong event? This family-friendly event will take place at Evolution Gastro Pong in the Third Ward on Saturday, August 1. Contact Lizzi Weasler if you would like to be on one of the planning committees.
NEW EVENT! “Nine, Wine & Dine”: Monday, September 14
WMACC is excited to be planning its new golf event slated to take place at Ironwood in Sussex on Monday, September 14. Committee members are needed to help with the planning and solicitation of donations, sponsors and participants. The first team meeting will take place on May 4 at 3:30pm at Ironwood (W270 N6166 Moraine Drive | Sussex, WI 53089 | (262) 538-9900). Contact Jessica Monville with questions or to join the committee.
Couture for a Cure: Tuesday, November 3
We are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the 33rd Annual Couture for a Cure on Tuesday, November 3. Planning is underway; please join our co-chairs on Tuesday, April 28 for the kick-off meeting followed by a shopping social at Lizzibeth (550 E. Menomonee Street, Milwaukee). Come to learn more about Couture, and sign-up for a committee. Please invite your friends who may be interested in getting involved in Women for MACC and Couture! Contact Amanda Falkowski with questions or for more information on how you can sponsor or donate to this fabulous event.
The FDA recently approved a new drug to treat high-risk neuroblastoma, making it available not only through a clinical trial, but for all kids with this aggressive childhood cancer. In the last 20 years, only two new drugs have been approved that were specifically developed to treat children with cancer. Now there are three. It’s great progress, but we still have so far to go. To read more about this great news, click here.
Notice of 2015-2016 Proposed Board Slate
Each spring, the Nominations Committee comes together to propose the slate of Officers and Directors for the coming year. This announcement serves to notify our membership of the proposed slate for 2015-2016.
Please note: Independent nominations for any and all offices shall be made in writing by five (5) active members, the consent of the nominee to serve first having been obtained. They shall be received by the Corresponding Secretary prior to the Spring Annual meeting and shall be announced with the slate of the Nominating Committee. Nominations shall not be accepted from the floor at the annual meeting. (Women for MACC Bylaws, Article VI – Election, Section 2).
To view the proposed slate for 2015-2016, click here.
Meet the Board
Dawn Graham, Cancer Center Liaison
Why I joined WMACC: One day when my daughter was getting chemo in the MACC Fund HOT clinic, I picked up a paper tri-fold from WMACC. It told about their mission. I was so excited to show it to Kimberly and I remember how happy she was when I told her it was a group of ladies working to fund research, to try and find cures for childhood cancer.
Employment: I left my position in sales and marketing seven years ago to enter the field of childhood cancer and take care of Kimberly.
Education: B.A. Business Administration from Mt. Mary College in Milwaukee
First job: Bussing tables
Career advice: Don’t lose sight of your dream.
Volunteer advice: Volunteer for what you are passionate about.
Personal heroes: My parents, for giving me the gift of my faith, in which lies my strength.
Favorite vacation spot: I love a beautiful beach, anywhere warm!
Favorite Book: I like biography and non-fiction, however now, I love the Harry Potter series and I WILL get through it someday because Kimberly identified with Potter and now I know why.
Favorite restaurant: Duke’s Canoe Club on Waikiki Beach—Great food and drinks, not expensive, sand on the floor, memories with my kids, and you can’t beat the view!
Favorite quote: “I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man.” –Gandhi
How I spend my free time: Playing tennis
Items on my bucket list: Visting Paris and the spot where my Dad fought in WWII
Other volunteer positions: Confirmation Teacher and Humane Society Volunteer
MEMORIALS & HONORARIUMS
Women for MACC acknowledges and warmly thanks the following individuals who contributed a memorial or honorarium donation.
MEMORIAL for Adeline Stapelkamp, given by the Red Hat Chapter, Daughters of the King of Kings, Houston, TX
Are you interested in donating in memory of or to honor a loved one? Click here for more information.