Alliance kicks off annual campaign

ESCANABA – Delta County residents will have an opportunity to help an organization that helps all county residents when the Daily Press provides a fund-raising envelope in Wednesday’s issue.

The familiar Delta County Cancer Alliance golden rod envelopes will be inserted in the paper in the non-profit volunteer group’s primary fund-raiser that is used to assist Delta County residents who have cancer.

More than $900,000 has been returned to Delta County cancer patients since the organization’s inception in 1995. All funds raised by the organization are provided to cancer patients in Delta County.

Each cancer patient can receive up to $500 annually to help cover transportation for treatment, medication and medical supplies, appliances and other needs.

A loan closest is also operated by the organization providing wheel chairs, commodes, canes, lift chairs, wigs, shower chairs, bedside tables, Ensure, Depends and other supplies at no charge.

Women Helping Women is another program handled by the group for patients with breast cancer. It is the most well-known and used program and is endorsed by area hospitals.

Also available at no charge are various supplies and equipment for women who have had masectomies.

A cancer support group meets at 6 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Cancer Alliance office, 807 Ludington St., Escanaba. The group is for family members, friends and anyone else wishing to assist with emotional support to a cancer patient.

The envelope campaign is one of several fund-raisers hosted by the organization, including a golf tournament July 11 at Escanaba Country Club and a luminary walk in Ludington Park in August.

Delta County Cancer Alliance is a non-profit charitable organization with a volunteer board of directors that exists strictly for Delta County cancer patients. It is not affiliated with any other organization and operates solely on funds provided by Delta County residents and organizations.

Each year DCCA provides five percent of its funds to Mayo Clinic for cancer research. All other funds remain for the use of Delta County cancer patients.

For details or assistance, call the office (906-786-0854).

Cheri Severinsen is president of the organization. Members of the board include Jane Pryal, Mary Roberts, Sheila Peterson, Patt Fittante, Nick and Marina Chapekis, Suzy Decker, Amy Johnson, John Economopoulos and Dennis Grall.