ALPENA — Area residents who need cancer care are benefiting from the efforts of the Alpena Community College Student Nurses Association. Proceeds from fundraising events held at annual Hoops for Hope basketball games were recently donated to Ann Diamond, Director of Fund Development, MyMichigan Health Foundation.
During this season’s Hoops for Hope games, SNA held a bake sale, 50/50 raffle and halftime shooting contest. Proceeds from these events totaled over $500 and were donated to MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena for use by patients in need of cancer care.
According to Shannon Albrecht, Vice President of the Alpena Community College Student Nurses Association, “We weren’t given much notice that the Hoops for Hope games were even happening this year, but we got our act together and were able to generate a good size donation to the Alpena Cancer Center.
The annual games have been canceled for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are honored to have student nurses at Alpena Community College once again leading their efforts to support patients receiving treatment at the Cancer Center,” Diamond said. “Their career choice has a positive impact on our community and their compassion for the health and well-being of others is remarkable. We certainly hope that these talented individuals will join our team upon graduation.
MyMichigan Health Foundation holds three funds specifically for cancer patients and their needs. The Cancer Fund helps purchase equipment and improve patient services at the Alpena Cancer Center. The Breast Health Fund supports breast cancer prevention, screening, diagnostic testing, educational services, equipment and patient care items. Susan’s Wish Fund, which was founded by Penny Barton, whose daughter Susan died of cancer in 2008, helps patients and families pay for travel, accommodation and prescription costs related to their treatment against cancer.
For more information about these funds or to support cancer care and treatment, call Diamond at 989-356-7738 or [email protected]