VIDEO: UW Health Carbone Cancer Center Race for Research: Laurie’s Story

Laurie Bushman is a woman who was used to being on the go. But on October 25, 2018, Laurie had a seizure and landed in the emergency room in Dubuque, Iowa where doctors discovered a brain tumor in her right frontal lobe. She was transferred 90 miles by ambulance to be seen by neurosurgeons at University Hospital, part of UW Hospitals and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin.


Two weeks later she had surgery to remove the tumor, and two weeks after that, she received the diagnosis: Grade II Astrocytoma, a rare type of cancer that develops in the cells that surround and protect nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. She was only 39 years old – twenty years younger than most people who are diagnosed with this kind of cancer.


Discovering the UW Health | Carbone Cancer Center’s annual Race for Research gave Laurie a newfound sense of purpose and focus. Since 2020, she’s baked over 15,000 cookies and raised more than $20,000 for cancer research. Laurie’s cookies have become a big hit all over Dubuque; orders have almost doubled from year-to-year due to word of mouth and a lot of repeat customers. Learn more about Laurie’s story in the video below.



The 2024 UW Health Carbone Cancer Center Race for Research is Saturday, June 1, in Madison, Wisconsin. The 5K run/walk benefits adult and pediatric cancer research. This event is part of the American Family Insurance Championship week, which raises money for the American Family Children’s Hospital and other local charities. Learn more and register at: https://


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