The Mission

Writing the Story that Ends Cancer

Badger Challenge advances state of the art cancer research and treatment to serve patients and families in Wisconsin and beyond by funding the brightest cancer minds, ideas and technologies at the University of Wisconsin.


Badger Challenge was founded in 2016 by Dr. Paul Harari and Dr. Deric Wheeler to power cancer research and patient treatments forward.


“The mission of Badger Challenge is to increase cancer cure rates and leverage the enormous power of our community to help achieve this goal. Working together we strive to reduce the global burden of cancer.”


Dr. Paul M. Harari

Badger Challenge Co-Founder


“The Badger Challenge’s success allows UW scientists and clinicians to accelerate the discovery of promising new treatments which directly benefit cancer patients at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center”


Dr. Deric L. Wheeler

Badger Challenge Director & Co-Founder

The Leaders

Badger Challenge is proud to have support from leaders within the University of Wisconsin's medical community who endorse Badger Challenge's mission to accelerate cancer research and patient treatment.

Howard H. Bailey, MD

Director, UW Carbone Cancer Center

Robert N. Golden, MD

Dean, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Alan S. Kaplan, MD

CEO, UW Health

Frederic “Ric” Ransom, JD, MSHA, MBA

President, UW Hospitals, UW Health

Made Possible By Our Generous Sponsors

American Family Insurance
Balance & Believe
UW Health
Capital Brewery
Dental Health Associates
First Student
Group Health Cooperative
Just Coffee
Leo Cancer Care
Machinery Row Bicycles
Monk's Bar and Grill
Park Bank
REI Co-op
Sassy Cow Creamery
Shine United
Total Water Culligan