Wendy Carlson

Whitefish Bay resident Wendy Carlson was diagnosed at age 42, an event that inspired her to work to make a difference. “I believe every dollar that can be raised is just one dollar invested to get closer to finding a cure for breast cancer, while helping people facing the disease along the way.”

An Associated Bank Vice-President of Private Banking, Wendy and her mother Roberta Williams are one of three mother-daughter painting teams this year. Wendy says that breast cancer was a humbling experience for her, and it caused her to think about life differently.

“It sounds like a clichĂ©, but don’t sweat about the small stuff. Life is so much bigger than worries about it. Tell the people in your life what they mean to you TODAY. Don’t take life for granted because you never know what tomorrow will bring.”

Wendy would like to see policy makers eliminate barriers to access to screening and treatment. “I think access to care and treatment and education around breast cancer is vital, because early detection saves lives.”