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Marshfield Clinic opens new home for traveling patients

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MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WAOW) -- After the American Cancer Society closed down Hope-Lodge, due to COVID-19, Marshfield Clinic took immediate action.

Cattails Cottage is the name of the new interim home, able to house 11 patients at a time.

The housing was previously used for hospice and medical students, But now will be filled with patients from far and wide.

“Many of our cancer patients travel hours to come to Marshfield clinic for our care coming from Minocqua and Rice Lake in the upper Peninsula of Michigan so we need to have a place for them to stay” said Teri Wilczek, MC Philanthropy Officer.

Lending some muscle was the Columbus Catholic High School boys basketball team, showing the community backs the cause.

“Fighting cancer and that’s a disease that has touched our school and all of our families so anytime The Marshfield Clinics need help with anything related to that will be the first ones to step up and I’m really proud of our students because they heard we're helping it was needed and they were here,” said head coach Joe Konieczny

The team skipped practice today, but got their workout in other ways, like lifting dressers, mattresses and bed frames down flights of stairs.

“I thought they did great. They worked hard it wasn’t easy they all had their masks on another social distancing rules so again I’m just very very proud of them” continued Konieczny.

A small act, speaking for a large amount of support.

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