About the Breast Health Fund

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The SHF Breast Health Fund exists due to monies that have been raised by the Superior Health Foundation (SHF) through Painting the Peninsula Pink, an annual fundraiser in October, along with other individual gifts. Across the Upper Peninsula, it is a source of philanthropic funding/financial support to help minimize the out-of-pocket expenses for those who most need charitable support, for breast-care related bills, biopsies, procedures and ultrasound tests. It is designed to help those uninsured and those facing high deductibles and co-pays on their insurance.


Process: The gifted money is to be used for the benefit of patients across the Upper Peninsula who have exhausted all other financial resources for breast health care. To qualify, breast health patients must “apply” for philanthropic funding for specific breast health care related bills and meet the following criteria:

  • Submit the most recent copy of W-2 IRS form to the Marquette County Health Department to substantiate income.
  • Uninsured and/or have high deductibles/co-pays.
  • Maximum award being $1,000

Those interested in applying are asked to submit applications to the six county health departments in the Upper Peninsula (see below). Funding will be dispersed on a first-come, first-served basis for those who meet the aforementioned criteria.

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Application forms are available at the following Health Department websites:

www.phdm.org (Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties) = Delta and Menominee Counties


www.wupdhd.org (Western U.P. Health Department) = Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton-Keweenaw and Ontonagon Counties


www.chippewahd.com (Chippewa County Health Department) = Chippewa County


www.didhd.org (Dickinson Iron District Health Department) = Dickinson and Iron Counties


www.lmasdhd.org (LMAS District Health Department) = Luce, Mackinac, Alger, Schoolcraft Counties


www.mqthealth.org (Marquette County Health Department) = Marquette County


Superior Health Foundation, 121 North Front Street, Marquette, MI  49855, (906)225-6914


SHF presents health department with $16,000 raised during Painting the Peninsula Pink!

The 2016 Painting the Peninsula Pink, an annual fundraiser in October for the Superior Health Foundation Breast Health Fund, raised nearly $18,000. Of that amount, close to $2,000 went back to Pink Partner Gladstone High School to purchase health-centered equipment at the school. The remaining $16,000 goes directly to the fund, which provides charitable dollars for men and women across the Upper Peninsula to help with out-of-pocket breast health expenses. The fund is designed for the uninsured and those facing high deductibles and co-pays for breast health. The maximum award to an individual is $1,000. On Thursday, the check was presented to the Marquette County Health Department (MCHD), which oversees the fund in cooperation with the other health departments in the U.P. From left are Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation, Bobbie Champion of the MCHD and Jerry Messana, Health Officer, MCHD. SHF encourages patients to learn more about the fund by visiting www.superiorhealthfoundation.org/breast-health-fund/

SHF presents Pink dollars to Gladstone Public Schools

The Superior Health Foundation proudly presented Gladstone Public Schools with a check for $1,941.29, representing a portion of the net proceeds raised during Painting the Peninsula Pink in October for the SHF Breast Health Fund. “SHF partnered with Gladstone High School during the month, and the students and administration did a sensational job helping secure day sponsors and ensure our Pink Party was a resounding success,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “We couldn’t have asked for a better partner. Athletic Director Andy Jacques and the students were awesome to work with.” With the proceeds, Gladstone will purchase specialized football helmets for players who have had previous concussions and a vacuum immobilizer to help stabilize fractures and dislocations without circumferential pressure. Pictured, from left, back row, are players Ben Schwalbach, Owen Carlson, Daniel Berg, Austin Berquist, Tanner Brown and Trevor Aird.  In the front row are LaJoie, Jacques, OSF Athletic Trainer Brad Landis and Gladstone High School Principal Brady Downey. Painting the Peninsula Pink was presented by Baybank in Gladstone. (SHF photo)

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Tree of Life (1)SHF Breast Health Fund benefits from Tree of Life fundraiser

   A unique pink idea has blossomed into a wonderful fundraiser to support the Superior Health Foundation.

In early February, the Superior Health Foundation proudly accepted a check for $3,162.53 from Jim Reevs, publisher of The Mining Journal newspaper in Marquette.

The Mining Journal initiated a Tree of Life fundraiser in which community residents donated $5 for pink ribbons to honor or remember loved ones affected by breast cancer. The fountain-like tree was created by Marquette artist Earl Senchuk, with help from students at Sandy Knoll Elementary School in Marquette.

The tree was filled with 695 ribbons. Proceeds will go directly to the SHS Breast Health Fund, which was created two years ago to provide philanthropic support for out-of-pocket breast health expenses incurred by men and women across the Upper Peninsula.

“These types of efforts truly exemplify philanthropy at work,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “We are grateful to The Mining Journal for taking on this project and to Mr. Senchuk for creating the beautiful tree. This funding will help people … that’s what it’s all about.”

The SHF Breast Health Fund has provided more than $15,000 in philanthropic funding since its inception. If interested in supporting the fund with a charitable gift, please visit www.superiorhealthfoundation.org/give/

Breast Health application forms are available at www.superiorhealthfoundation.org/breast-health-fund/ or in the SHF office located at 121 N. Front St. in Marquette.

(Jim Reevs, middle, publisher of The Mining Journal, presents a check for $3,162.53 to Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation, with money raised through the Tree of Life fundraising project. Also pictured, from left, are Barb Schmitt, who received funding from the Breast Health Fund; Amy Bond, Mining Journal administrative assistant; and Marquette artist Earl Senchuck.)


NEWS:  Superior Health Foundation raises more than $12,500 to support Breast Health Fund

Check presentation to health department2 - December 2015SHF presents health department with money raised during pink month

More than $12,500 will benefit the SHF Breast Health Fund

With proceeds raised from Painting the Peninsula Pink during October, the Superior Health Foundation presented the U.P. Health Departments a check for $12,534.47 that will go to the SHF Breast Health Fund to help men and women across the Upper Peninsula with out-of-pocket breast health expenses. Painting the Peninsula Pink, presented by Honor Credit Union, provided a month-long, fund-raising event to help this cause. In the photo, Jim LaJoie, middle, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation, presents the check to Julie Scott, left, and Jerry Messana of the Marquette County Health Department. Scott, RN, BSN, is the Community Health Manager who helps oversee the fund. Messana is the administrator of the Marquette County Health Department. Those wishing to apply for funding are encouraged to do so by visiting superiorhealthfoundation.org/breast-health-fund/ and fill out an on-line application. Forms are also available at health departments across the Upper Peninsula.


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NEWS: Superior Health Foundation, Munising HS partnering on ‘Painting the Peninsula Pink’

Event sponsored by Honor Credit Union will raise money

for U.P.-wide Breast Health Fund

MARQUETTE — In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Superior Health Foundation and Munising Public Schools are teaming up during October for Painting the Peninsula Pink, presented by Honor Credit Union.

Money raised from the month-long event will benefit the SHF U.P.-wide Breast Health Fund, which provides charitable funding to help men and women across the Upper Peninsula with out-of-pocket breast health expenses.

Already in 2015, SHF, in collaboration with the six health departments across the Upper Peninsula, has provided more than $10,000 in funding.

During October, Munising High School students will sell pink bracelets and sunglasses to raise money for the fund. On Friday, Oct. 9, SHF and Honor Credit Union will throw a Pink Party at the Munising-Bark River-Harris varsity football game in Munising. That evening, pink merchandise will be sold; valuable silent auction prizes will be available; fans will have an opportunity to participate in a fun football contest for a chance to win fabulous prizes; and player pink jerseys will be auctioned off. In addition, a special halftime event is being planned to honor breast cancer survivors.

“We’re excited to partner with Munising High School on this event,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “The Mustangs have embraced the cause and we’re confident we’ll raise a great deal of money that will ultimately provide much-needed financial relief for breast health patients who truly need it.”

Honor Credit Union, with offices in Negaunee, Marquette and Gwinn, is proud to serve as the Presenting Sponsor of “Painting the Peninsula Pink.”

“At Honor Credit Union, we couldn’t be more excited about our newfound partnership with the Superior Health Foundation,” said Kelsey Niemisto, public relations specialist for Honor Credit Union. “This is such a great cause, and being able to contribute to our U.P. communities through Painting the Peninsula Pink touches the hearts of many of our outstanding team members.

“We support the Superior Health Foundation’s mission to assist with unmet healthcare needs.  And, Honor Credit Union believes that the overall wellness of the community is important and the Superior Health Foundation supports that mission.  Physical, mental, and financial health are all a part of a family’s success.”

“We’re delighted to receive the sponsorship support of Honor Credit Union,” LaJoie said. “It has thoroughly embraced the cause.”

During the month of October, businesses across the U.P. will be asked to sponsor a day during the month of October for $250. In return, they will receive a pink window decal to proudly display in their business, along with links to their website on the SHF website and Facebook pages.

“This is a chance for the athletic department and the Mustangs to help out a regional event and help people in need,” said Munising Athletic Director DeeJay Paquette. “Breast cancer touches many of us, and we’re honored to be part of a fundraiser to help people.”

For more information, visit the SHF website at www.superiorhealthfoundation.org or call 225-6914.

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