Fishing Tournament Raises Funds for Alpena Cancer Patients
Pictured left to right: Ron Brady, tournament organizer; Penny Barton, Susan’s mother and Ann Diamond, fund development, MidMichigan Health Foundation.
Area fishermen threw in their lines this past February in support of the cancer patients served by the Alpena Cancer Center. The Scotty G Memorial Tournament has completed its eleventh season raising $6,700 for use at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena through “Susan’s Wish.”
The tournament, named for Jeffrey Scott Giersqerski, who passed away in January 2008 from a snowmobile accident on Beaver Lake, brings anglers from all parts of Northeast Michigan and beyond. Participants pay tribute to Scotty G while raising dollars for the Susan’s Wish fund which helps cover ancillary costs patients incur during treatment including prescriptions, transportation, lodging and meals.
Susan’s Wish was established by Ron Brady, Stephanie Detloff and Penny Barton, Susan’s mother, in memory of Susan Yachcik, who lost her battle to ovarian cancer in 2012. Her wish was to establish a fund to offer financial assistance to cancer patients in her community.
The thoughtfulness and efforts of those who loved Susan is having a lasting and positive affect the lives of others. Over the years, the tournament has raised over $25,000 for the fund. Brady, who serves as event organizer, said, “It’s the community support that counts. I’m just the host. And, I couldn’t do it without all the volunteers who work all year long to ensure the tournament is successful.” Brady’s core team is instrumental in securing sponsorships through True North Radio for prize money, weighing fish, selling tickets and overseeing the 50/50 raffle.
Ann Diamond represented the MidMichigan Health Foundation and was on hand to accept the moneys and ensures they will be put to great use. “Our social worker, Jennifer Schuch, does an incredible job disbursing the funds and ensuring that these fundraising efforts touch as many lives as possible,” Diamond said. “Ron and his team have worked hard for years putting together an awesome event. This type of dedication to direct patient needs and care is very moving.”
Brady plans to keep going with the tournament as community interest remains strong. Together, they see that Susan’s wishes continued to be carried out by helping cancer patients in need of extra support.