Run for Fun Event Raises Money for James Beck Cancer Center

(RHINELANDER, WI) – The Run for Fun event to raise money for the James Beck Cancer Center was held Saturday, January 12, at the Cross Country Bar in Rhinelander. Due to the lack of snow on the trails earlier this year, the annual snowmobile ride was cancelled, but that didn’t stop organizers from continuing their mission to raise funds for cancer patients.

Instead of hitting the trails the group stayed inside the Cross Country Bar and listened to live music from the band Tolerance. They raised money from raffles and paddle wheel games. A special raffle was held for a vintage 1978 Arctic Cat Cheetah snowmobile, and the winner donated it back to be raffled off at next year’s event.

The Run for Fun raised $2909 for the James Beck Cancer Center patient fund in Rhinelander. Organizers include Wendall Canfield, Shawn Tingley, and Lisa and Eric Wierschke.

“The organizers did a tremendous job raising funds to support our patients during their cancer journey at the James Beck Cancer Center,” said Kim Hetland, Ministry Sacred Heart/Saint Mary’s Radiation Oncology Manager. “The group is truly inspiring for what they were able to accomplish despite the challenges with the weather.”

Residents of the Rhinelander, Tomahawk and surrounding area can access today's finest cancer care programs, with diagnostics and treatments available at the James Beck Cancer Center at Ministry Saint Mary's Hospital. In partnership with a distinguished collaborative program based at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, services offered at the Rhinelander campus are shared by Ministry Health Care and Marshfield Clinic. This provides a coordinated network of cancer care services in northern Wisconsin, linking progressive hospital facilities and highly skilled medical professionals. Cancer patients all over the region have access to world-class care typically associated with major population centers.

It's a model of networked care, supported by primary care physicians, technicians and radiologists, oncologists and administrative staff, supplemented by a rich menu of support services for patients and their loved ones.

For more information on James Beck Cancer Center, please call 715.361.2000, or visit

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