Published on April 04, 2019

Tradition of Hoops for Hopes Continues to Support Cancer Patients

Photo of Alpena Community College Girls Basketball game raising funds for Hoops for Hopes to support cancer patients.Alpena Community College has a tradition of raising awareness of the importance of early detection when it comes to breast cancer. Hosting the annual Hoops for Hope fundraiser has gone a long way supporting MidMichigan Health Foundation in order to help patients with access to the best possible equipment and services at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena.

Mark Kollien, administrator, Alpena Community College, and Bev Banks, Student Nurses Association advisor, have been working with coaches, players and supporters for years to raise funds for the Cancer Center. To date, approximately $39,000 in proceeds has been donated to the Medical Center, helping to fund cancer-fighting equipment and renovations that make patients and families more comfortable. Funds are raised through the sale of t-shirts, bracelets, a 50/50 drawing, half-time shoot out and bake sale.

In the 10th annual Hoops for Hope game, both the men’s and women’s squads faced Oakland Community College. It was a packed home crowd for a night of great basketball. The women take the court as the second game of the evening, highlighting the Hoops tradition. Spectators had a lot to cheer as the women were victorious with a final score of 65-51.

Ann Diamond, director, MidMichigan Health Foundation, was pleased to accept funds Kollien delivered recently from the past two years of Hoops. “The efforts of staff, students and players have been nothing short of amazing,” said Diamond. “Not only does this annual event continue to generate funds for our patients, it also raises awareness of the importance of early detection when it comes to cancer. Having students and student athletes from ACC getting involved with the community for the benefit of area patients is powerful indeed.”

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.


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