Philanthropy Is Personal to Breast Cancer Patient

NorthShore Patient Melinda Deuster

It was just this past December when NorthShore patient Melinda Deuster felt two lumps in her left breast. After an ultrasound and then biopsy, she was given the dreaded news: cancer.

NorthShore’s Kellogg Cancer Center team guided her through the journey, from being a healthy 58-year-old mom of three to being scheduled for surgery. “I was lucky," said Duester. “The cancer was not in my lymph nodes so I had no radiation or chemotherapy, but I did have a mastectomy.”

She was so pleased with the individualized care she received and with her entire team that she wanted to do something to raise awareness of the exceptional care at Kellogg Cancer Center and encourage charitable giving.

An interior designer and artist, Deuster decided to create a series of colorful cards that honor the many women and men who are fighting breast cancer. With a donation to the Center, donors are sent three cards that are intended to lift the spirit of cancer survivors as well as those still battling the disease.

To date, Deuster has helped raise $2,700 for Kellogg Cancer Center and hopes that October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month will bolster that amount, as well as raise awareness. “I am so fortunate to live in this area where we have such great healthcare, especially at a time when you feel numb and need direction and support. The nurses and doctors watched over me and helped me every step of the way.”

The link to donate and receive the cards is

Community Partner Events provide valuable support and raise awareness of important health issues for the communities NorthShore serves. Individuals and groups have run 5Ks and marathons, hosted dinner parties and planned activities—all while raising funds for a specific cause or clinical area that’s important to their families and friends. A big thank-you to our Community Partners, who have raised more than $60,000 thus far this year for NorthShore.

If you or a loved one has been touched by a disease or had a care experience that was meaningful for you, please consider partnering with NorthShore. For more information about Community Partner Events, contact Anne Stretz at 224.364.7275 or For more information about philanthropy or Kellogg Cancer Center, contact Lisa Rietmann at 224.364.7230 or

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