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Published on November 28, 2017

Wearing Blue Jeans Benefits Local Cancer Treatment Efforts

Six Employees at Samaritas Make a Difference with Jean Day Donations

Area residents receiving treatment for cancer will have a more comfortable environment and access to enhanced treatment technology thanks in part to a unique donation made recently by employees at Samaritas Affordable Living of Alpena.

Smaritas donation to MidMichigan Health Foundation for cancer patients.The Samaritas staff of just six employees collected three months’ worth of contributions made in order to wear blue jeans at work on selected days, then contributed the kitty to the MidMichigan Health Foundation. The funds will go to support recent upgrades at the Alpena Cancer Center. The employees were moved to choose MidMichigan for their donation because fellow employees have recently been personally touched by cancer.

Property manager at Samaritas in Alpena Brenda Hanson said, “We are so thankful we have a local center that offers cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment for those afflicted with this disease. The outstanding care and treatment provided here to those in need is undeniably amazing.”

Amy Dacey, oncology manager, was on hand to receive the funds and give a brief tour of the renovated facility at MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena. The center has recently expanded the infusion area, added warm and inviting upgrades to the patient care areas and upgraded cancer-fighting technology, including the Siemen’s Somatom Confidence® RT Pro CT Scanner and the TrueBeam Radiotherapy System.

“This is a wonderful tribute to the staff who works diligently to provide the very best in cancer care here in Alpena,” said Ann Diamond, development director, MidMichigan Health Foundation. “We are always very inspired by heartfelt donations such as this. These employees have demonstrated that simple efforts by a few of us can have a powerful impact for all of us.”

Those interested in more information about donations to support cancer care at the Medical Center may contact Ann Diamond of the MidMichigan Health Foundation at or (989) 356-7738. The option to join Samaritas employees in supporting cancer care is also available by visiting

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