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Jamie’s Story – SHF Breast Health Fund


Jamie has lived in Iron River her entire life. She and her husband have been married for more than 38 years.

Like a number of women, Jamie has a yearly mammogram. This past summer, however, her mammogram detected a spot. She followed up with her physician to schedule a second mammogram.

  Receiving the call and being told a spot was found in the breast was upsetting news. Having to worry about added healthcare expenses added to her worries.

 The local health department told Jamie about the Superior Health Foundation Breast Health Fund. When asked how the funding helped her, Jamie quickly and emphatically responded, “Tremendously!”

 Jamie was unaware of the SHF Breast Health Fund, which provides funding for both men and women across the Upper Peninsula to help pay for out-of-pocket breast health expenses not covered by insurance.

She soon discovered just how much the people of the Upper Peninsula and local businesses rally behind fundraising to help as many individuals as possible.

Jamie can’t say thank you enough, and the great news is this: There was no cancer! She’s okay!

People across the Upper Peninsula, many like Jamie, can be rest assured the SHF Breast Health Fund is available to help with expenses. And, you don’t have to have a cancer diagnosis to apply.

 Funds for the SHF Breast Health Fund are raised primarily in October through the SHF month-long Painting the Peninsula Pink event. This past October, SHF partnered with West Iron County Schools on the event.

 To learn more about the SHF Breast Health Fund, to support with a gift and/or apply for funding, please visit https://superiorhealthfoundation.org/funds/breast-health-fund/ or give us a call at 906-225-6914

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Today, we send out a tremendous Thank You to Aspirus Hospital & Clinics for agreeing to be a Gala Champion ($5,000) sponsor for our Ninth Annual Gala on Sept. 12 in the Northern Center at NMU. SHF is forming a wonderful relationship with Aspirus and this show of sponsorship support is a testament of that trust. There are good things on the horizon. Thank you Aspirus for believing in our cause and offering your support! We are tremendously thankful! Awesome!
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ConnectUP Rides to Wellness Program is up and running

Rides to Wellness is a comprehensive non-emergency medical transportation
(NEMT) program.
Michigan Transportation Connection (MTC) received a two-year, $800,000 grant from the Superior Health Foundation to build a service in all 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula to provide transportation for NEMT. This process involves finding transportation providers to provide the service and funding partners to make it sustainable beyond the two-year grant period.
To date (Feb. 18), six counties (Chippewa, Delta, Gogebic, Luce, Mackinac and Schoolcraft) have providers. In those counties, several partners are making referrals for rides. Every day, more providers and partners are being added, which allows expansion to additional counties.
At this time, ConnectUP anticipates its next level of service expansion, by summer 2020, to include Alger, Dickinson, Houghton, Menominee and Ontonagon Counties. Project expansion to the remaining counties (Baraga, Iron, Keweenaw and Marquette) is expected to occur by fall.
Rides to Wellness is only available to clients who are connected with one of the Rides to Wellness partners.
There is service to non-emergency medical appointments in-state and out-of-state.
For more information and to find what services are available in your area, call 1-844-532-7433 (press 1) or email mtctransit@gmail.com.
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Superior Health Foundation
Today, the Superior Health Foundation was in beautiful Dickinson County where it did a pair of educational presentations. Lynn Hill and I thank the good folks in Iron Mountain and Kingsford for their hospitality and kindness. It was a great day!