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Supporting Cancer Center Becomes Personal

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Jack and Linda Wolfe

Linda and Jack Wolfe say they are fortunate to live a good life. Linda, a retired elementary teacher and vice principal, and Jack, a semi-retired attorney, live in Lincoln surrounded by their family – two children and four grandchildren - and large group of close friends.

The couple, who spend part of the winter in Arizona, always have believed in giving back and sharing in their good fortune, be it through Linda’s random acts of kindness group, volunteer work or various charities.

But the impetus for charitable giving became a bit more personal when Linda, who grew up in on farm outside of David City, was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2020. A mammogram detected a lump, which required surgery to remove.

Radiation and Chemo Daily

“It was a manageable sized lump. I did have to have chemo and radiation every day – and you don’t want to have to do radiation,” she says with a smile. “It totally exhausts your body.”

She still has regular check-ups, and her prognosis is good. Despite the exhaustion and moments of feeling down, Linda knew she was doing what she had to do for her body.

When the couple learned about the April Sampson Cancer Center Bryan Health was planning to build, their interest was piqued.

Very Good for the Community

“After I received my cancer diagnosis, and all the treatments that went into it, I just felt that this would be an excellent comprehensive facility for the community,” Linda said. “We went out to the building site and it was just a beautiful setting, and the center is very well designed – especially being centrally located with everything you need in one place: doctors, radiology, chemo.”

Supporting the cancer center became something they wanted to do. “Because I had fought the battle, we kind of felt it was our responsibility to help out whoever comes behind me – which could be many,” she says.

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