Competing for a Cause - Dr. Michael Haubenschild, Meriter Hospitalist
On September 11, 2011, Dr. Haubenschild, a Meriter Hospitalist, and his brother, David, completed the Madison Ironman. Not only does their accomplishment represent a pinnacle of athletic endurance, it also reflects brotherly determination and heart. They competed for their brother, Glenn, who lost his battle with metastatic colon cancer over 15 years ago and their grandfather, Kenneth, who also suffered from the disease. Their efforts raised $6,700 to support access to colon cancer screening for Madison’s homeless through Meriter’s HEALTH program.
“I wanted to give back, so we set up the Glenn and Kenneth Colon Cancer Screening Fund to assist those unfortunate members of our community who do not have health insurance, but still need colon cancer education and screening,” said Dr. Haubenschild.
Dr. Haubenschild crossed the finish line in 10 hours 59 minutes and 48 seconds, placing 157 out of 2,449 competitors.
Grateful Patient Ed Clucas Gives Back
Eleven years ago Merle "Ed" Clucas was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm irregularity. Ed credits Meriter Hospital with saving his life, and has shown his gratitude by making generous annual gifts for more than 10 years.
Living with a heart condition hasn't slowed Ed down. He has competed in numerous triathlons and running events during the past 25 years, and at the age of 66 said he has no plans to quit anytime soon.
Today, Ed manages his cardiac health with biannual visits to Meriter Wisconsin Heart, daily medications and exercise. He freely admits that he exercises regularly so that he can continue to enjoy his favorite desserts.
Making a difference—Cheryl and Mike Shult
Cheryl and Mike have generously given to a variety of programs including orthopedics and HEALTH outreach at Meriter.
Cheryl describes their approach to philanthropic giving as, “Our giving tends to follow our hearts and our involvement. We are attracted to organizations committed to quality, whose staff and volunteers enjoy their work and are passionate about meeting the needs of those they serve. We want to be good stewards of the resources with which we have been blessed.”