Hendricks’ gift funds research in breast cancer and reconstructive surgery

Beloit businesswoman Diane Hendricks is giving $1.75 million to UW–Madison to support research into better treatment options for breast cancer and innovative microsurgical techniques in reconstructive surgery.

The Hendricks Chair in Breast Cancer Research is Dr. Lee Gravatt Wilke, professor of surgery and director of the UW Health Breast Center. Wilke, an active member of the UW Carbone Cancer Center, is also the-leader of the breast cancer research and clinical trials team. The Hendricks Chair in Reconstructive Surgery Research is Dr. John Siebert, professor of plastic surgery and an internationally recognized expert in both esthetic surgery as well as microsurgical free tissue transfer for reconstruction of the face and breast.

The Hendricks’ donations were matched by donations from alumni John and Tashia Morgridge, who announced in November 2014 that they would match up to $100 million — the largest individual gift in the history of the university — in donations to endow new and enhanced professorships, chairs, and distinguished chairs in an effort to recruit and retain a world-class faculty.

Diane Hendricks is the owner and chairman of ABC Supply, a wholesale distributor of exterior building products, with its national headquarters based in Beloit.