Position title: Advocacy Faculty
Pete Daly advocates for patients at the center through his direct experience as a cancer patient and continuing client of the center experience chronic disease. In September 2002 he faced Advanced Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. Through the help of the center, he built his medical and support teams, entered a long lasting clinical trial at the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute (NIH/NCI), and learned to proactively address his health care. Not long after his diagnosis and receiving “as his life depended upon it” direction from former Director Meg Gaines, Pete began working at the Center by directly assisting other patients, teaching and guiding students.
In his cancer journey, Pete has faced multiple recurrences, each time leaning upon his local medical team at the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center, the clinical researchers at NIH/NCI, and the support of the Center, friends and family. Pete and his wife, Nancy, have two children, Sam and Mary, and family is central to his wellbeing. Prior to his involvement with the center, Pete worked for 28 years as manager of a local private engineering practice and as an engineering consultant. Currently Pete serves as a neighborhood school crossing guard not far from campus.