Darryl Cremer, founder and chairman of the board of the Racine-based Jane Cremer Foundation, Inc., was named a 2008 Community Health Care Hero by the BizTimes Milwaukee. He was one of 16 Health Care Heroes honored during recent ceremonies hosted by the publication at its fifth annual competition saluting people who have made a major difference in health care.
Nominations from across southeastern Wisconsin were judged by a panel of four health care professionals in the following categories: advancements in health care, community service, corporate achievement in health care, health care staff, nurse, physician, volunteer, and lifetime achievement.
When accepting his award, Cremer explained that the mission of the Foundation, founded after his wife Jane lost her battle with ovarian cancer, is to “educate and empower women to be proactive in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. We are now in our eleventh year of conducting free cancer awareness and education programs for the women of Southeastern Wisconsin.
“Since our first community program in 1998,” Cremer continued, “we have conducted more than 65 programs which have reached more than 7,500 women and 1,200 health care professionals. Each year as we continue our work and the demand for our programs grows, we are able to reach and help more women.”
Cremer said, “While I have the privilege of accepting this award, the truth of the matter is that I do so on behalf of our 200-plus volunteers and the vision of a very special lady who wanted to make a difference,” referring to his late wife.
“On behalf of Jane’s vision and all the people who make our programs happen, we thank BizTimes Milwaukee for recognizing our work and our efforts to make a difference in the lives of the women in our small corner of the world.”