June Eileen (Wiese) Nylen was a Registered Nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa from 1965 until 1973. In 1975 she was diagnosed with lung cancer and was treated for many years until she passed away on August 7, 1980. June was described by many as a very loving and caring mother who chose to help people in need.
June taught her children to always do what’s right and to help others where and whenever possible. June’s battle with lung cancer and her loss changed the face of the Nylen family and permanently changed the future for each one of her children.
In an effort to put his mother’s philosophy of helping others into action, her son, Mark, made a contribution of a $1,000,000 gift in June’s memory to help purchase a new Linear Accelerator. Her battle with cancer served as the catalyst to inspire Mark & Mary Ellen Nylen to make this substantial gift to the Cancer Center, and it continues to inspire others with the gift of caring and hope.
In December 2004 the Siouxland Regional Cancer Center officially changed its name to the June E. Nylen Cancer Center.