40 Years of Giving Hope

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The MACC Fund has spent the last 40 years raising critical funding for groundbreaking cancer and related blood disorder research to give hope to kids battling the diseases. Co-founded by Eddie Doucette, the first official voice of Milwaukee Bucks, and Jon McGlockin, a Wisconsin Athletic and Indiana University Hall of Famer, the MACC Fund has helped dramatically increase childhood cancer survival rates from 20% in 1976 to 80% today.

THE BIRTH OF THE MACC FUND…

After Doucette’s Son, Brett, was diagnosed with leukemia in 1975, facing a five-year survival rate of 66%, Brett’s odd of survival were slim… and that’s when Doucette developed relationships with several members of the medical staff at Milwaukee Children’s Hospital, learning that one of the biggest challenges in combatting childhood cancer locally was a lack of funding. The National Leukemia Society reached out a short time later to Eddie after hearing about his son’s battle and his connection to the Milwaukee Bucks. In one of his conversations, Eddie learned while there were great organizations like the National Leukemia Society, only a small percentage of every dollar donated to them would make it back to the Milwaukee Area.

Eddie continued his quest for information and after meetings with Dr. Donald Pinkel, the first director and CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Dr. Jim Casper of what is today’s Medical College of Wisconsin; it became apparent to him that an organization based in Wisconsin was needed. That’s when Eddie and his life-long friend and Milwaukee Buck’s player, Jon McGlockin starting making plans for a charity.

On December 10, 1976, the Milwaukee Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (the MACC Fund) was founded on the court at halftime of a Milwaukee Buck’s Game – the night that Jon McGlockin retired from the NBA. Comprised of athletes, local business leaders, and local celebrities, the MACC Fund set out to make a difference by Giving Hope Through Research to children with cancer. When Jon and Eddie created the MACC Fund, they had no idea that their little charity would take off. Following rapid and significant growth in the early years, the acronym of the MACC Fund appropriately changed to Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer. Undoubtedly, the MACC Fund took off in large thanks to the reputations of both Eddie and Jon, but also because of the support of the Milwaukee Bucks and its fans – raising more than $1.4 million dollars for the MACC fund since 1976.

1976 - Milwaukee Buck’s MACC Fund Game / First Major Sponsor

The Milwaukee Bucks become the first major sponsor of the MACC Fund, creating the fundraising event ...
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1980 - Scientific Advisory Board

With advanced in research, cure rates start to rise and community involvement begins to spread. Spec...
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1982 - Women for MACC (WMACC)

Women for MACC was founded by a group of mothers, siblings, relatives and concerned individuals figh...
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1990 - TREK 100

Trek Bicycle Corporation and the MACC Fund team up to present the very first Trek 100 to provide lar...
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2006 - MACC Fund’s 30th Birthday

The MACC Fund celebrates its 30th birthday as an organization and welcomes Jon McGlockin, the Presid...
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2006 - MACC Fund’s Pledges $3.5 Million to the UW Comprehensive Cancer Center (UWCCC)

The MACC Fund announced a $3.5 million capital gift to the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Can...
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2008 - MACC FUND EXPANDS TO SUPPORT BLOOD DISORDERS

The MACC Fund expands its supported research to include blood disorders related to childhood cancers...
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2008 - Aaron Rodgers Joins MACC Fund

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2008 - Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Named outpatient Clinic to MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in honor of $5 million dollar gift.

The MACC Fund pledges a $5 million gift to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin over the next 6 ye...
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2013 - MACC Fund Pledges $10 Million Dollars to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

The MACC Fund awards Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin a $10 million dollar gift to help support an...
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2013 - NEW LOGO

The MACC Fund reveals its new logo at the MACC Fund Game with unique pre-game activities, presentati...
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2015 - Jeffrey A. Medin, PhD, named MACC Fund Endowed Professor

In September 2015, Jeffrey A. Medin, PhD, was named MACC Fund Professor in the department of pediatr...
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2015 - AARON RODGERS CELEBRITY JEAOPARDY

Green Bay Packers Quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, bested “Shark Tank” star, Kevin O’Leary and reti...
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2016 - 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MACC FUND

The MACC Fund celebrates its 40th Anniversary. The secret to the MACC Fund’s success over the past...
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