WPS and Foundation support Breast Cancer Recovery

WPS Health Solutions and the WPS Charitable Foundation are proud to support Breast Cancer Recovery (BCR), a Madison-based nonprofit organization.

As Board Chair for BCR, Moira Klos, Vice President of Human Resources at WPS, helped organize BCR's annual fundraiser on May 10 in Madison. WPS Health Solutions was one of the sponsors for the gala, which raised $25,000 that will cover the cost for 16 women to attend a retreat. Donations are used for:

Infinite Boundaries Retreats: Four-day retreat designed and led by breast cancer survivors for breast cancer survivors to begin emotional healing. Retreats are based on the belief that the journey to recovery and healing involve the whole woman—mind and body. Retreats are held in scenic, natural settings in Wisconsin. The program includes discussion groups, creative activities, and experiential activities (such as kayaking, ropes course, hiking, yoga). BCR has retreats geared for All Stages, Metastatic, and Young Survivors.

"Women living with breast cancer often face considerable medical expense during and after diagnosis, so donations are used to provide financial assistance and full scholarships to ensure all women, regardless of financial standing, can experience an Infinite Boundaries Retreat," Moira said.

Sharing the Knowledge: Lunch-and-learn sessions held in different locations across Wisconsin to provide breast cancer survivors, family members, friends, and health care professionals with the latest advancements in medical care for breast cancer, as well as tools and techniques for the emotional health and well-being of breast cancer survivors.

"WPS has been a great supporter of BCR over the years. I'm fortunate to have learned about BCR through WPS and am grateful I can contribute to an organization making a difference in the lives of breast cancer survivors," said Moira, who joined the BCR board in February 2016.

Sharing the Knowledge program in Wausau:

The WPS Charitable Foundation is proud to sponsor BCR's Sharing the Knowledge series in Wausau. Topics are "2D vs 3D Mammography" and "The Unexpected Joy of Cancer." The featured speaker will be Kay Elmsley Weeden, who shares stories from survivors, family members, caregivers, hospice personnel, and others who have found joy in the shadow of cancer.

About Breast Cancer Recovery:

BCR was founded in 1997 by the late Ann Haney with a mission to provide emotional healing to women breast cancer survivors. While breast cancer tests and medical treatments are widely available, BCR is the only nonprofit organization in Wisconsin and the first in the nation to offer retreats and education to women at all stages of breast cancer so they can begin to heal emotionally.

Left to right: Sandra Gines (who nominated the award winner), Kathleen Harris (2018 Ann Haney Award recipient), Moira Klos (Board Chair), and Megan Purtell (Executive Director)