Karen Yontz was a lifelong resident of Milwaukee and the picture of health. When Karen was in her 20s, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma – a cancer of the lymphatic system. With treatment and therapy Karen was able to beat the cancer.
Years later, at the age of 40, Karen was diagnosed with heart disease. After an eight-year battle, she unfortunately succumbed to the disease that takes the lives of one in three women.
During those eight years, Karen recognized the ramification heart disease has on an individual, a family, a community and a nation. Knowing how passionate Karen was about the issue, her husband Ken made a generous contribution to the Aurora Health Care Foundation in her memory.
In 1996, The Karen Yontz Women's Cardiac Awareness Center was established and has been a resource to women in the community ever since.