Congratulations to our 2022 Award Winners:

2022 CHAMPION AWARD: Sara Sahli, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

2022 IMPACT AWARD: Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center, Inc., Milwaukee, WI

2022 COLLABORATION AWARD: Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health, Milwaukee, WI

2022 HEALTH CARE HERO AWARD: Dr. Lyle Ignace, MD, MPH, Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center, Inc.

Recordings and Slides

Cancer Stories Performance

By the Wisconsin Story Project

Cancer Stories is a powerful stage production from the Wisconsin Story Project that honors the personal stories of people affected by cancer.

For more than a year, Wisconsin Story Project co-founders Talish Barrow and Mike Lawler interviewed cancer survivors, caregivers, and oncologists.

Cancer Stories brings these interviews to life, with the help of an experienced cast of actors. Each character on the stage represents a real person, and the stories they share are taken directly from the interviews, word for word.

The end result is profound, candid, and deeply human.

We were honored to bring Cancer Stories to the Wisconsin Cancer Summit stage for a free community performance.

Why Stories Matter

By Sandra Millon-Underwood, RN, PhD, FAAN, UW-MKE College of Nursing

Dr. Sandra Millon-Underwood opens the summit with a meaningful presentation, speaking on the importance of stories and why they matter both in life and in the work that you do.

Summit Welcome

By Mark Denning, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin Tribal Member

Mark Denning opens the Summit by providing a powerful welcome session and helping to set the intentions for the day. He touches on how story can be a powerful tool.

Setting the Stage

By Joshua Wright, University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center

Joshua Wright leads a workshop, "What We Learn When We Learn to Listen", to help Summit participants identify the core values and expectations for the day for listening with respect and intention.

Hear the personal stories of 5 different individual's experiences with cancer. Each discusses how cancer has impacted their lives and what they have taken from their journeys. Their stories are real, powerful, and meaningful.

Panelists featured:
  • Bernadette Priestley
  • Anne Egan-Waukau
  • Jacqui Regenbogen, PhD
  • Mayhoua Moua
  • Debbie Jones, MD
This panel was moderated by Crystal Landeros, MPH, CHES.


This panel was recorded on 10/20/22.

Genetic Risk and Family History: How Sharing Stories Can Save Lives

By Jennifer Geurts, MS, CGC, Medical College of Wisconsin       


Jennifer Geurts discusses the importance of knowing genetic risk and family history when it comes to cancer. She highlights how sharing stories can save lives.

Due to technical difficulties, only the first 17 minutes of Jennifer's presentation was recorded.

Re-grounding and Re-centering for the Afternoon

By Joshua Wright, University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center


Joshua Wright leads Summit participants through a brief re-centering and re-grounding exercise. He facilitates discussion around take-aways from the morning and sets the stage for the afternoon presentations.


How Narrative Medicine Has Transformed a Clinical Practice

By Toby Campbell, MD, University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center


Dr. Toby Campbell describes the methods used in the palliative care program at the University of Wisconsin Hospital to integrate the use of narrative and storytelling into their daily practice. This includes 6-word and 55-word short stories, vivid vignettes, narrative workshops, story readings, and an internal podcast.

Due to technical difficulties, the last 20 minutes of Dr. Campbell's presentation was unable to be recorded.

Hear the stories of 4 individuals different experiences with cancer, both professionally and personally.

Panelists featured:
  • Dawn Shelton-Williams, MSW, LCSW
  • Mike Lawler
  • Wendy Carey
  • Minerva Cornejo
This panel was moderated by Annika Swenson, MPH, CCRP.