Fools Five Road Race

Lewiston, Minnesota

Fools Five Road Race - Lewiston, Minnesota

2015 Guest Speaker: Dr. Erik Gundersen

Dr. Erik GundersenWe are excited to have Dr. Erik Gundersen, Vice Chairman of Gundersen Medical Foundation in La Crosse WI, as our guest speaker this year.   He will present an update on development and cancer research, which ultimately involves the success of the Gundersen BioBank, a member of the ‘Tissue Source Site for the Cancer Genome Atlas program.’

Dr. Erik is a “third generation” Gundersen physician and retired thoracic surgeon. He received his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College, his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and did his medical internship and residencies at Massachusetts General Hospital. Subsequent training included Boston Children’s Hospital, Ulleval Hospital in Oslo, Norway, and Newcastle Thoracic Unit in England.

Following a distinguished career Dr. Erik retired in 2000 from pediatric and thoracic/open heart surgery and has been active in Gundersen Medical Foundation, which was formed by his father and uncles in 1944 and supports medical education, research, and community health outreach.

Cancer Research

Cancer research aims to identify causes of the disease and develop strategies for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately finding a cure. Much progress has been made since Fools Five began raising funds in 1979 for research, but cancer is extremely complex and varies greatly among types, leaving much to be discovered. We encourage you to learn more by following the links to the four medical institutions that receive our donations.

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of virtually every type of complex illness.

The Hormel Institute mission is to conduct research and provide education in the biological sciences with applications in medicine and agriculture.

Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota fosters their mission by creating a collaborative research environment focused on the causes, prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer.

Gundersen Health System is a physician-led, not-for profit healthcare system including one of the nation’s largest multi-specialty group medical practices.