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Published on February 02, 2018

Annual Quarry Run Raises Funds for Cancer Patients

MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena accepts donation from the annual quarry run.Funds raised from Lafarge Presque Isle’s annual Quarry Run have helped support significant renovations to the treatment areas and equipment in the Alpena Cancer Center at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. Pictured from left to right: Chuck Sherwin, vice president, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena; Mario Lacerna, M.D., radiation oncologist, MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena; Doug Kreis, MidMichigan Health; Ann Diamond, development director, MidMichigan Health Foundation; Darin Himes, Lafarge Presque Isle; Allan Idalski, plant manager, Lafarge Presque Isle; Tim Cordes, Lafarge Presque Isle; Vicki McCoy, Lafarge Presque Isle; Karmon Bjella, president, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena; Gary Schuler, Lafarge Presque Isle; George Smart, vice president, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena, and Nicole Heberling, Lafarge Presque Isle.

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

Lafarge recently held its fourth 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 four years, the team at Presque Isle has raised an astounding $150,000 which has helped support significant renovations to the treatment areas and 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, and the staff at the Alpena Cancer Center to present the funds and tour the facility. They were able to see how the energy they have put into making the Quarry Run a success has impacted patients’ care and surroundings.

“We enjoyed the tour very much,” said Nicole Heberling, financial analyst from Lafarge. “We have talked about it in the office often. What an amazing facility.”

“Their passion and purpose is impressive,” said Diamond. “I know that as a team they have shared experiences involving cancer and cancer treatment. To pull together and establish this run and have such a positive impact on how others receive care is really special.”

Thanks to the passion and purpose of donors such as these, the Alpena 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.

Those interested in more information about donations to support cancer care at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena may contact Diamond at or (989) 356-7738. Those interested in making a donation to the MidMichigan Health Foundation may visit


The MidMichigan Health Foundation raises funds to support equipment, services and programs for patients and families served by MidMichigan Health.  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 22-county region with medical centers in Midland, Alpena, Alma, Clare, Gladwin and Mt. Pleasant.