Healthcare Allies - ABCD

Healthcare Allies

In the words of our Healthcare Allies:

LESLIE WALTKE, PT, DPT

Aurora Health Care

“ABCD took wing in fulfilling a patient-centered need: one-to-one trained peer mentoring for persons newly diagnosed breast cancer, way before the words “patient-centered care entered the health lexicon.”

Anna Purdy, NP & Alonzo P. Walker, MD

Froedtert Hospital

“As health professionals, we are familiar with all the whys, whens and hows of treatments for breast cancer; however, we can’t begin to explain what it feels like to be on the receiving end of that diagnosis or treatment and how it impacts women and their families.”

Kathleen Mortl, RN, CPSN

Healthcare Ally, Froedtert Hospital

“I can hold her hand and walk with her on this journey, but her ABCD Mentor has walked in her shoes – that is priceless.”

Judy Tjoe, MD

Aurora Health Care

“I believe in ABCD because it provides equal access to its support network, regardless of a person’s gender, socioeconomic position or ethnic background.”

Carla Harris, RN

Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Oncology Outreach Coordinator

“ABCD is important for breast cancer patients because they offer patients a unique opportunity to meet one to one with a similar breast cancer survivor privately and on your terms.   That Mentor may meet your needs right now or may build a friendship for a life time.  Having family support is vital, but having this kind of support is just as important.   I also love the fact that when you are ready to give back, ABCD can help you with volunteer opportunities as well.”