My Passion...A Message from Founder, Joan Kamholz
In 2007, as I was planning my retirement from 30 years of law enforcement, I heard four words that changed my life forever, “You have breast cancer”.
My entire world came to sudden halt. My joyous planning and excitement came to a end while I took on, one more fight! But I wasn’t going to let cancer take control of my life, I kicked cancer’s butt………and in July 2007, I retired as planned from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.
At an early age I was driven to the law enforcement field because I wanted to “help others and make a difference”. As law enforcement officers we take the oath to serve and protect, it becomes part of who we are, on or off the job, active or retired, we carry it with us forever.
In 2008, I started Justice for a Cure as a way for the law enforcement family to get more involved with the community by, educating, bringing awareness, supporting survivors and those going through their journey, honoring those taken, and raising funds to support local cancer programs, and support cancer research to find the cures for cancer.
I hope you will join our Justice for a Cure program to show the compassionate side of law enforcement by working with other police agencies, firefighters, EMS, 911 Call Centers, schools, businesses, city, county, state, and federal government, together we CAN make a difference. I will NEVER give up the FIGHT!
I will NEVER give up, and I hope you won't either!
Founder & President
Justice for a Cure
Deputy Sheriff (Retired)
Dane County Sheriff's Office
Joan M. Kamholz is a retired Deputy Sheriff from Dane County Sheriff's Office, Madison, WI.
She is the founder and president of "Justice For A Cure", a law enforcement program that she describes as "The law enforcement family doing their part to SERVE and PROTECT, in the fight against cancer".
Justic For A Cure is an awareness and fundraising program that benefits local cancer support programs, and supports cancer research, such as:
- U.W. Carbone Cancer Research Center, Madison, WI
- Mayo Cancer Research Center, Rochester, MN
- Project 3 one, Oklahoma City, OK
- Breast Cancer Recovery, Madison, WI
- Susan G. Komen - Madison , Milwaukee & Wausau, WI - Roanoke, VA - Winston-Salem, NC
- Camp Kesem - Nationwide
- Angel On My Shoulder - St. Germain, WI
What began in the Dane County Sheriff's Office is quickly growing in the state of Wisconsin and across the U.S..
Her commitment and passion is endless in an effort to reach out to help those going through the cancer journey, and to encourage more law enforcement participation and the benefits of their participation.
She has served on several Susan G. Komen for a Cure committees, has received several honors such as the Ann Haney Award in 2013. In May 2011, she was selected as the Honorary Bat Girl for Major League Baseball-Milwaukee Brewers for Susan G. Komen. She has also assisted Breast Cancer Recovery as a facilitator at Infinite Boundaries Retreat, and was instrumental in establishing the first Celebration of Survivorship reunion with BCR retreat participants in 2016.
Join her in her mission!