Published on December 09, 2019

Color Run Raises Money for Cancer Patients

Pictured left to right: Ann Diamond, director, MidMichigan Health Foundation; Dr. William Hitzelberger; Amy Martin and Jennifer Schuch, L.M.S.W.

The Michael Polaski Memorial Foundation held another successful event to help with patient care at the Alpena Cancer Center. On Giving Tuesday, a donation was made to MidMichigan Health Foundation with the proceeds from second annual Mike Polaski 5K Color Run/Walk. Pictured left to right: Ann Diamond, director, MidMichigan Health Foundation; Dr. William Hitzelberger; Amy Martin and Jennifer Schuch, L.M.S.W.

The Michael Polaski Memorial Foundation held another successful event to help with patient care at the Alpena Cancer Center. On Giving Tuesday, a donation was made to MidMichigan Health Foundation with the proceeds from second annual Mike Polaski 5K Color Run/Walk.

Mike Polaski passed away in December 2016 from pancreatic cancer. Daughter Amy Martin remembers clearly the challenges her family faced during his battle. Her goal is to help other patients and families going through the same thing. Ann Diamond, director of fund development, gave Martin a brief tour in and around the expanded infusion area. Martin remembered the smaller space from her experiences with her father. “On one hand, it’s sad to know the need is greater but fantastic to see how the Cancer Center has changed to better accomodate those in treatment like my dad.”

Martin is committed to continuing with the race to help others. “We had repeat participants which was great, and are looking to keep it family-friendly,” she said. “We learn more with each race and are already brainstorming for next year.”

An impressive $2,150 was raised to be used to help with patient comfort projects, travel and prescription assistance for those who are underinsured.

Diamond was pleased to accept the donation on behalf of the MidMichigan Health Foundation. “Amy’s passion and commitment are certainly admirable. We are grateful for her and her team, and all they are doing to help us reach as many folks as possible with excellent care.”

They have established a Facebook page and will keep the public informed on details for 2020.

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 ann.diamond@midmichigan.org or (989) 356-7738.

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