Published on May 26, 2022

St. Paul Lutheran Church Donates Snacks to Cancer Center Patients

Photo of MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena's Cancer Center receiving snacks from St. Paul Lutheran Church.

The congregation at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Alpena recently donated snacks for patients at MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena’s Cancer Center.  Pictured with just a portion of the donated goodies are Carol Rundell, R.M.A., medical assistant, Cancer Center; Jacinta Boyk, volunteer, MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena; Ann Hardesty, member, St. Paul Church; Ann Diamond, fund development director, MyMichigan Health Foundation; Pastor John Shipman; and Amy Dacey, manager and Jennifer Schuch, L.M.S.W., social worker, Cancer Center.

Patients receiving treatment during their oncology appoints at MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena’s Cancer Center were recently treated to snacks, donated by the congregation of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Pastor John Shipman and church member Ann Hardesty delivered multiple boxes of snacks and treats on behalf of the church to the Medical Center. “We want the patients to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers during their treatment,” Pastor Shipman said. “If we can provide a tasty snack, a hopeful note or an unexpected smile, we have been successful in our mission. We truly care about our community and when times are tough for our patients, we want them to know that they have additional support and prayers from the members and friends at St. Paul Church.”

“It is the thoughtfulness of others that helps our cancer patients at these difficult times,” said Jennifer Schuch, L.M.S.W., social worker, Cancer Center. “When a patient is getting treatment, those snacks are important to changes in their appetite and helps to keep them energized. We appreciate the congregation at St. Paul Church and thank them for their thoughtful donation.”

“On numerous occasions, Pastor Shipman has called and offered to deliver treats that we can give to our oncology patients,” said Ann Diamond, fund development director, MyMichigan Health Foundation. “He and his congregation are so generous. On behalf of our patients, we sincerely thank them for their kindness.”

Those who would like more information about assisting patients at the Cancer Center may contact Schuch at (989) 356-8113 or jennifer.schuch@mymichigan.org or Diamond at (989) 356-7738 or ann.diamond@mymichigan.org.