Blue jeans make a difference

Samaritas employees donate Jean Day contributions

Area residents receiving treatment for cancer will have a more comfortable environment and access to enhanced treatment technology thanks in part to a donation made recently by employees at Samaritas Affordable Living of Alpena.

The Samaritas staff of just six employees collected three months’ worth of contributions made in order to wear blue jeans at work on selected days, then contributed the kitty to the MidMichigan Health Foundation. The funds will go to support recent upgrades at the Alpena Cancer Center. The employees were moved to choose MidMichigan for their donation because fellow employees have recently been personally touched by cancer.

“We are so thankful we have a local center that offers cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment for those afflicted with this disease. The outstanding care and treatment provided here to those in need is undeniably amazing,” Samaritas Property Manager Brenda Hanson said.

Amy Dacey, oncology manager, was on hand to receive the funds and give a brief tour of the renovated facility at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena. The center has recently expanded the infusion area, added warm and inviting upgrades to the patient care areas and upgraded cancer-fighting technology, including the Siemen’s Somatom Confidence RT Pro CT Scanner and the TrueBeam Radiotherapy System.

“This is a wonderful tribute to the staff who works diligently to provide the very best in cancer care here in Alpena,” Ann Diamond, development director, MidMichigan Health Foundation, said. “We are always very inspired by heartfelt donations such as this. These employees have demonstrated that simple efforts by a few of us can have a powerful impact for all of us.”

Those interested in more information about donations to support cancer care may contact Diamond at or 356-7738. The option to join Samaritas employees in supporting cancer care is also available by visiting