Published on October 23, 2018

Annual Quarry Run Raises Funds for Cancer Patients

Quary Run 2018 Check Presentation

Pictured from left to right back row: Allan Idalski, Lafarge plant manager; Tim Cordes (Lafarge); Steve Hand, manager, Alpena Cancer Center, and George Smart, vice president, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. Left to right front row: Vicki McCoy (Lafarge); Carolyn Haske (honorary chair); Chuck Sherwin, president, MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena; Demi Oliver (Lafarge); Ann Diamond, development director, MidMichigan Health Foundation; Ashley Worth (Lafarge), and Nicole Heberling (Lafarge).

Area residents receiving treatment for cancer will experience a truly comforting environment and access to enhanced treatment technology thanks in large part to Lafarge Presque Isle’s fundraising efforts.

Lafarge recently held its fifth annual Quarry Run, a unique 5K held in the quarry that brings runners from across the state and beyond, for the purpose of raising funds for improving cancer treatment in the Alpena area. In just five years, the team at Presque Isle has raised an amazing $185,000 in order to help support significant renovations to the treatment areas and provide top-notch equipment in the Alpena Cancer Center.

Allan Idalski, plant manager at Lafarge Presque Isle, brought his team to meet with Ann Diamond, development director, MidMichigan Health Foundation; Chuck Sherwin, president, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena, and the staff at the Medical Center’s Cancer Center to present the funds.

“It was great to see runners from all over come together to experience this one-of-a-kind 5K while supporting their genuine dedication to patients who utilize the Cancer Center,” said Diamond. “Our Medical Center’s new president, Chuck Sherwin, experienced the Quarry Run this year as a participant and was equally impressed by Lafarge Presque Isle’s commitment and enthusiasm. Their continued support has been something special.”

This year the race was held in memory of Ray Haske who lost his battle to cancer. Haske was the creator of the very unique race medals made out of limestone, specifically for this race. The Haske family joined together for the run and took home some top spots in the race. Ray’s wife, Carolyn, walked and ran the entire race route in memory of her husband. Idalski presented her with a race medal at the check presentation.

“Thanks to the passion and purpose of donors such as these, the Cancer Center has recently realized significant renovations including an expanded infusion area, warm and inviting upgrades to the patient care areas and new state-of-the-art cancer fighting equipment,” concluded Diamond.

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 MidMichigan Health Foundation supports the patients and families served by MidMichigan Health by raising funds for equipment, services and programs. MidMichigan Health is a non-profit health system headquartered in Midland, Michigan, affiliated with Michigan Medicine, the health care division of the University of Michigan. MidMichigan Health covers a 23-county region with medical centers in Midland, Alpena, Alma, Clare, Gladwin, Mt. Pleasant and West Branch.

In addition to its Medical Centers, MidMichigan Health also offers both home health care and physician services, and has a strong commitment to medical education. MidMichigan Physicians Group provides urgent care and medical offices in more than 30 specialties and subspecialties including cardiology, hematology/oncology, orthopedics, vascular surgery, family medicine and more. Currently, MidMichigan has more than 7,800 employees, volunteers and physicians and provided $90 million in community benefits in fiscal year 2017.

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