Published on September 27, 2021

Rally for a Cure Raises Money for Breast Health Fund

Pictured are, back row, left to right: Bonnie Goff, breast health nurse navigator and Steve Hand, imaging services manager, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena, and Ann Diamond, fund development director, MidMichigan Health Foundation. Front row, left to right: Bev Calkins and Helen Zimmerman from Lost Lake Woods Club sit next to Paulette Kallstrom, Rally for a Cure chairperson.

After a discussion on the Alpena Breast Health Program and the new 3D Mammogram Unit, organizers of the Lost Lake Woods Club Rally for a Cure event pose for a photo with MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena staff. The event raised more than $5,700 with proceeds benefitting the Breast Health Fund at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. Pictured are, back row, left to right: Bonnie Goff, breast health nurse navigator and Steve Hand, imaging services manager, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena, and Ann Diamond, fund development director, MidMichigan Health Foundation. Front row, left to right: Bev Calkins and Helen Zimmerman from Lost Lake Woods Club sit next to Paulette Kallstrom, Rally for a Cure chairperson.

MidMichigan Health Foundation was the recipient of more than $5,700 in funds raised from a Rally for a Cure golf outing recently hosted by Lost Lake Woods Club. The proceeds from this event, including golf registrations, hole sponsorships and additional donations, will benefit the Breast Health Fund at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena.

The Breast Health Fund supports breast cancer prevention, screening, diagnostic testing, educational services, equipment and patient care items. This includes access for eligible individuals to receive financial assistance with screening and diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, breast biopsy, interpretation fees, post breast cancer surgery support materials, breast cancer genetic counseling and transportation needs.

“Events like this not only raise dollars, but more importantly, they raise awareness,” said Steve Hand, manager of imaging services, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. “Currently less than 35 percent of women get routine breast screenings. That is far too low, and we all need to work together towards increasing it.” 

Hand continued with an update that the Medical Center in Alpena had just purchased a new 3D Mammography Unit. “We are going to be leasing a space in the new Alcona Health Center in Oscoda and are excited to offer the same services that are currently available here in Alpena to those in that area.” 

The new MidMichigan mammography suite in Oscoda, which will have a private, separate entrance and exit from Alcona Health, will provide services including, but not limited to, screening and diagnostic imaging, ultrasound, X-ray and biopsy.

“Navigating a breast cancer diagnosis is scary,” said Bonnie Goff, breast health nurse navigator, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. “My job is to ease the stress on patients and help to provide a continued positive attitude which is so important when going through cancer. I’ll talk to patient and their families and even join them at their oncology appointments. Our patients deserve that support.” 

Goff also mentioned that the Medical Center in Alpena employs two genetic counselors who work with patients who are concerned about potential breast cancer. 

Paulette Kallstrom, Rally for a Cure chairperson, was joined by Helen Zimmerman and Bev Calkins in the presentation of the proceeds to MidMichigan. Kallstrom and Calkins, both breast cancer survivors, agree that the Rally for a Cure is an event they look forward to every year.

“It’s just a small way to give back,” said Calkins. Kallstrom also mentioned that the ladies from Lost Lake Woods Club are planning a chair painting event and auction with the hopes to raise even more money for the Breast Health Fund. “We really enjoy doing this and helping with the program.” said Kallstrom, “When the opportunity came up to host Rally for a Cure, I knew it was something that I wanted to do.”

“We are so thankful for the funds we receive from Lost Lake Woods and Rally for a Cure,” said Ann Diamond, director of fund development, MidMichigan Health Foundation. “Paulette and her team, including her husband John, do a wonderful job hosting this event every year and we are honored to be the recipient of the proceeds which directly assist members of our communities.”

Those who would like more information about the Breast Health Fund or would like to make a donation to MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena may contact Diamond at (989) 356-7738 or ann.diamond@midmichigan.org.