Patty Brown

Patty Brown was being treated for breast cancer at Gundersen Health System 16 years ago, when she got an idea for a local breast cancer fundraising walk.“The idea was more than a little crazy. It was a lot crazy,” she says. But that  didn’t stop Patty.In the midst of treatment—sick and exhausted—she made her way to Robyn Tanke’s office in  Gundersen Medical Foundation.“I knew if I talked to my friend Robyn, she would tell me whether my idea would ever fly.” And fly? You better believe it! The idea—which in our community is affectionately known as Steppin’ Out in Pink—has grown beyond measure in its 15 years of existence. 

We are embarking on our 16th year of raising money for breast cancer research and awareness. Steppin’ Out in Pink is a walk for local breast cancer research and other breast cancer initiatives at Gundersen Health System. Steppin’ Out in Pink is the faces and stories of survivors. It's hope.

Your continued support will help us further local breast cancer research initiatives at Gundersen Medical Foundation, provide assistance to breast cancer patients in need, subsidize mammograms to the uninsured and underinsured in our region and lend support to the services of the Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders and Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Care. Our mission will always stay the same, we continue to walk with our survivors and remember those that we’ve lost. Our hope is that if we walk today future generations won’t have to.



For the full story of Patty and the start of Steppin' Out in Pink click here