Paula’s Purse

To help fill Paula’s Purse:
  • Make a donation online and designate Paula’s Purse.
  • Mail a donation to:
    Gundersen Medical Foundation
    1836 South Ave.
    La Crosse, WI 54601
    Make checks payable to
    Gundersen Medical Foundation
    and indicate Paula’s Purse in the check memo.
  • Contribute to a Paula’s Purse fundraiser.
When patients are going through treatment for cancer, finances can get tight. Some patients struggle to pay for basic necessities like food, heat and gas, causing another worry when they already have so many. Paula’s Purse—a collaboration between Gundersen Medical Foundation, the Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders and the Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Care—is a new fund created with these patients in mind.

You can contribute to the fund any time and various fundraisers will be held throughout the year. The money raised for the fund will be distributed to cancer patients and their families who need help buying basic necessities.

The meaning behind ‘Paula’s Purse’
Paula’s Purse has special meaning to those working in the Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Care. The fund is named after Paula Tower. Paula was a Gundersen mammography technologist who worked in the Center for Breast Care for more than 16 years. Paula lost her battle with cancer, but she will never be forgotten by those whose lives she touched.
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