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Let's cure multiple myeloma in all forms

Created by Samantha Bornemann

Cheryl Bornemann

Cheryl was a researcher (librarian) at her core. And when she first heard from her doctor that some tests had bad indications, she took what she learned about her results and diagnosed herself with multiple myeloma via internet research before anyone officially told her so. It was hard and terrible news, also unfair. She was healthy, loved to work out at the YMCA and attend yoga classes. Ate well, didn't drink, and so on. But no one can avoid bad luck.

She was a very active member of her care team and active researcher of her disease and treatments all along the way. She and her immediate family hadn't heard at all or much about multiple myeloma when she was diagnosed, but all quickly learned it was more common than they had known.

Because she paid so much attention and read so much about the condition and valued talking about the science and treatment with her doctors, Cheryl understood and believed that a cure or breakthrough was coming soon. And because she experienced how terrible and "insidious" this disease is, she strongly hoped and prayed that others would soon be able to avoid suffering at the hands of this terrible disease in the way she did and would soon have oncology drugs that are gentler on the sick than those she took to counteract the disease.

The doctors and scientists are almost there -- so let's fund them to make sure they get there soon.

She left a contribution to fund research to cure multiple myeloma. And she advised friends and family to do so in place of flowers or ephemeral items to mark her death. Many friends have already contributed to the cause; this page is just a last stop for those who want to understand her disease or make a contribution here.



Cheryl Lyne Bornemann, 72, of Fond du Lac, WI, died November 15, 2018. Her life's journey ended twenty-one months after she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a disease that affects the bone marrow.

Cheryl was born October 30, 1946, in Sheboygan, WI, the daughter of the late Lowell and Edythe (Sieling) Freis, and grew up in Kiel, WI, attending SS Peter and Paul Grade School and Kiel High School (Class of 1965). She graduated from Mount Mary College in 1969 and received her Master of Arts in Library Science (MALS) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1970.

Cheryl worked 35 years for the Fond du Lac Public Library, ending her career as the Coordinator of Support Services in 2010. In retirement Cheryl supported the library as a volunteer: She worked with Fond du Lac Literacy Services as a tutor, delivered books to homebound readers, and organized materials at Chapter 52, the library's used book store.

Cheryl loved her daily trips to the YMCA, where she made many good friends chatting on the elliptical or on nearby yoga mats. She was an avid movie-watcher, an enthusiastic fan of Wisconsin sports and a tenacious opponent in Scrabble/Words With Friends. Traveling with her daughter was a highlight of her time away from work and her retirement; she particularly enjoyed seeing the great museums of Italy, visiting the beaches of Normandy, and touring the Frank Lloyd Wright buildings that reminded her of the home her father built for his family in Kiel.

She is survived by her daughter, Samantha Bornemann, of Chicago. Other survivors include three brothers, Randy Freis, Ted Freis, and Dean Freis, all of Kiel; her sister and brother-in-law, Heidi and Bob Werdeo, Jr., of Kiel; her former husband, Larry Bornemann, of Fond du Lac; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and dear friends.

In addition to her parents, Cheryl was preceded in death by two brothers, Gary Freis and Jeffrey Freis.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church (413 Fremont St., Kiel), her childhood church.

Cheryl was grateful for the wonderful care she received from Dr. Joel Lundberg and the oncology nurses at Agnesian, her stem cell transplant team at Froedtert Hospital and the supportive team at Agnesian Hospice Home of Hope.

Memorials may be made in Cheryl's name to the International Myeloma Foundation ( or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (


The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), along with its research and medical industry partners, has fueled more studies, initiated more trials, developed more treatments, introduced more medicines, and have had a far greater impact than any other organization on myeloma. While the MMRF has made enormous progress, they still have much to do and cannot continue to do great research without your support.

Please consider joining me to fight multiple myeloma. Together we can make a difference.

About the MMRF:
The mission of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is to find a cure for multiple myeloma by relentlessly pursuing innovation that accelerates the development of next-generation treatments to extend the lives of patients. Founded in 1998 by Kathy Giusti, a multiple myeloma patient, and her twin sister Karen Andrews as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, the MMRF is a world-recognized leader in cancer research. The MMRF continues to disrupt the industry today, as a pioneer and leader at the helm of new research efforts.  Since its inception, the organization has raised over $330 million and directs nearly 90% of the total funds to research and related programs. To learn more, visit

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For a Tribute page created prior to January 2017, 
please contact Amy Crawford 652-0221. 
Thank you for your support.


For donations please mail to: 
P.O. Box 414238 
Boston, MA 02241-4238

MMRF Offices: 
383 Main Ave., 5th Floor 
Norwalk, CT 06851

The MMRF is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. 
Tax ID:06-1504413 
Your contribution is tax deductible.