Published on March 18, 2019

Scotty G. Fishing Tournament Raises Fund for Alpena Cancer Patients

Photo of Penny Barton and Ron Brady presenting Ann Diamond, development director, a donation for cancer services.

Penny Barton, mother of Susan Yachcik and co-founder of Susan’s Wish fund; Ron Brady, co-founder of Susan’s Wish fund and organizer of the annual Scotty G. Fishing Tournament and Ann Diamond, development director, MidMichigan Health Foundation.

Cancer patients at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena will once again benefit from the hard work and generosity of a group of individuals who hosted the 12th Annual Scotty G. Fishing Tournament. It was a beautiful day for fishing with more than 190 fishermen participating. Although it was only 17 degrees, everyone had a great time and earned their share of the plentiful prizes while raising money for a worthwhile cause.

Ron Brady and Penny Barton recently presented Ann Diamond, development director, MidMichigan Health Foundation, with the proceeds from this year’s tournament. A check for $3,400 was given for the Susan’s Wish fund. Susan’s Wish is a fund that was created by Penny Barton, Stephanie Dettloff and Ron Brady in memory of Susan Yachcik who passed away in 2012 at age 42 from ovarian cancer.

The fishing tournament was established in 2008 in memory of Ron’s cousin Jeffrey Scott Gierszewski who passed away in January of that year in a tragic snowmobile accident on Beaver Lake. Proceeds from the early tournaments raised funds to purchase an ice rescue boat and equipment for the Green Township Fire Department. After that, Ron thought directing proceeds to help assist other cancer patients at the Cancer Center would be a wonderful way keep his good friend Susan’s memory alive. This year topped the $50,000 mark designated to charity from this tournament.

“I organize the tournament and everyone just comes out and does their part,” said Brady whose core team is instrumental in securing sponsorships, weighing fish, selling tickets, and organizing a 50/50 raffle. “We also have the support of True North Radio Network,” adds Brady. “We couldn’t do what we do without them.”

Susan’s mother, Penny Barton, is grateful for the tournaments history and commitment. “We don’t know anyone who hasn’t been touched by cancer so when Susan lost her battle, we wanted to do something to pay it forward to other families also fighting cancer. Susan’s Wish provides that help to others,” she said.

Diamond expressed the gratitude of the MidMichigan Health Foundation, “We again thank Ron and Penny for their hard work and dedication to supporting the Susan’s Wish Fund. This money is so important to assist with ancillary expenses related to cancer treatment, such as travel and medication assistance. Ron suggested this year we provide some special treats for our patients receiving chemotherapy so we’ll be looking at options for that mission also.”

Brady already has plans for the tournament next year and Barton is exploring the possibility of a golf tournament this summer to assist with funding Susan’s Wish. Those interested in more information on this fund may contact Diamond at (989) 356-7738 or

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