In 2014, Christine Windsor was diagnosed with breast cancer. Faced with numerous surgeries, ongoing treatment and expensive medications, she felt overwhelmed. As a single mother of a 13-year-old daughter and self-employed owner of a hair salon, Christine worried about how she would support herself and her daughter while battling cancer and traveling to and from Lacrosse and Rochester for treatment with no income coming in.
One of Christine’s clients nominated her to be a recipient of Team Vogel vs. Cancer funds, which goes directly to families to provide support for them during such a difficult time. Christine was able to use the funds she received toward her medical bills, medications, gas money to travel to her cancer treatments and food for her family.
“The Team Vogel donation impacted my life to provide food and gas for me and my daughter and provide basic living expenses at the time because I had no income,” said Christine. “It took a huge stress and weight off me not having to worry about those things.”
Wanting to pay it forward, Christine stepped up to become a Team Vogel vs. Cancer board member in 2015, organizing fundraising events and activities even while she was still going through treatment. Over the years, Christine coordinated numerous activities, including the Fall Frolic, Halloween Bash, Rollingstone parade participation, Pancake Breakfast and Joe’s Birthday Brew at Island City Brewing.
Beyond the financial contribution, Christine said that Team Vogel vs. Cancer’s network of support between volunteers and families battling cancer is amazing. She loves connecting with the Team Vogel families, sharing her experiences and listening to them, so they know that they’re not alone.
“When we volunteer and donate, it’s such a blessing to see the wonderful impact it has on the lives of those struggling and fighting cancer,” Christine said. “Paying it forward is a blessing in itself.”
Today, Christine is five years cancer free. To celebrate this milestone, she is currently organizing a Chicken Q on Saturday, Oct. 15, at George’s Lounge to raise money for Team Vogel vs. Cancer. You can purchase tickets for $10 at Windsor Palace Salon and George’s Lounge.