Every year the Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Care in La Crosse, which is supported by Gundersen Medical Foundation, honors someone with the Paula J. Tower Memorial Award. This award is given to one individual in the Coulee Region in recognition of their efforts to advance the message of hope for a future without breast cancer.
At this year’s Steppin’ Out in Pink event, Coleen Skaife of Prairie du Chien received the award.
Coleen is a breast cancer survivor. “Coleen holds nothing back when talking about breast cancer. By talking openly and honestly to the community about her cancer experience she hopes to encourage women to have yearly mammograms,” explains Debbie Siedel, who nominated Coleen for the award.
Coleen has been the honorary chair for Relay for Life and a guest speaker at the 100 + Women United event that was held to promote women’s health and wellness in Prairie du Chien.