Because of an earlier "Gift of Life" - a kidney from a sister to her brother, Norm Gillette demonstrated his gratitude by making the lead gift and naming the breast care center after his sister, Norma J. Vinger.
The Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Care opened in 2003. The Center promotes early detection, prompt diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and other diseases of the breast.
The Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Care provides cutting edge treatment and clinical outcomes that ranks it among leading cancer centers across the country. They have placed special focus on tracking and evaluating every aspect of the Center’s performance, including true detection rates, biopsy rates, and outcomes. This allows the Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Care to continually improve its quality care and patient outcomes.
The Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Care wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of Norman Gillette, Jr. and his family. During the months preceding his death from cancer, Norm, Jr. provided the funding for the Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Care. He donated the money in honor of his sister, Norma, a breast cancer survivor. The gift in her name was to thank her for the gift of life. Many years earlier, Norma had donated a kidney to Norm, Jr., allowing him to pursue a full, productive life after early adulthood that was marred by dialysis and debilitating kidney disease.