Corewell Health is the new name for Lakeland. Learn More
One Unified System of Care: Find out how we’re creating a better experience and updating your MyChart. Learn More

Foundation News

Local Organizations Donate Funds to Benefit Cancer Care

Employees from Chassix also raised $6,180, including a $1,000 donation from the organization, through t-shirt sales and a breast cancer walk with raffles and door prizes. Funds were donated to the Marie Yeager Cancer Center to help cover the cost of mammograms for patients who can’t afford it.

“Breast cancer has touched so many lives throughout our organization, whether it be the employee themselves, a friend, or a loved one—we couldn’t think of a better organization to support,” said Chassix employee, Sharon Stirling.


Students Against Destructive Decisions, a Niles High School student organization focused on encouraging others to make positive choices, recently donated $1,500 to support Hope Grows. The annual fundraiser, held in partnership with the YMCA of Southwest Michigan, supports the LIVESTRONG® program and the Marie Yeager Cancer Center offering a continuum of care to thousands of patients and families recovering from cancer, those fighting cancer, and those at risk—regardless of ability to pay. 

Funds were raised through multiple activities held during “Pink Week” including t-shirt sales, an annual Pink Week Walk, a basket raffle featuring local businesses, and donation collections.

“I loved going around and talking to people about buying t-shirts,” said Niles student, Julie Nyugen. “It was so fun to support a cause I care about and to know we made a difference not only in our school, but our community."

Niles High School

“Early detection can make all the difference and we hope our funds can help provide this valuable service to those in need.” “We hope these two generous donations from the community inspire others as much as they’ve inspired us,” said Brandi Smith, Vice President of Philanthropy. “We are so grateful to the compassionate efforts of both the Niles High School students and employees at Chassix who care enough to raise funds to support people battling cancer in our community.”

Pink Breast Cancer Ribbon

Continue Watching

Physician Profile Video: Jeffrey Grondin, M.D. (Pulmonary & Critical Care)

Jeffrey Grondin, M.D. says the best part of his job is being able to change people’s lives, because when someone is struggling with a breathing issue, it can significantly impact their quality of life.

Patricia McCarthy, N.P. (Pulmonary & Critical Care)

Patricia McCarty’s, N.P., wide range of patient management experience enables her to connect with patients to understand the root causes of their condition and find solutions.

Check-up: The importance of screening for lung cancer (Jeffrey Grondin, MD)

Pulmonary and critical care specialist Jeffrey Grondin, MD, Corewell Health explains the importance of lung cancer screening for those at risk.

Check-up: Removing cancer with surgery (Nathan Piovesan, MD)

Cancer care can involve surgery done by a general surgeon to either remove cancer or to do diagnostic surgery to identify what a tumor is.

Check-up: Detect lung cancer early (Kenlyn Laureys, NP)

Nurse practitioner Kenlyn Laureys in the high-risk cancer program at Corewell Health explains that if you are identified as being at high risk for lung cancer your doctor can refer you to receive a lung cancer screening.

Check-up: Cutting out colon cancer with surgery (Benjamin Sopczynski, MD)

General surgeon Benjamin Sopczynski, MD, explains what a colectomy is and how it can be used to remove colon cancer. Minimally invasive surgery is used to make this procedure less invasive with quicker healing times.

Corewell Health - We Can

What can we do together? Can we beat the unbeatable? Can we achieve the unthinkable? Can we reach our health goals? And accomplish even more along the way? Can we live healthier, fuller, happier lives? With Corewell Health, we can.

Provider Video Profile: Kenlyn Laureys, NP (Oncology)

Nurse Practitioner Kenlyn Laureys cares for patients getting cancer infusion treatments in Niles, Michigan.

Breast Cancer: Nancy Pallas "3D approach to care"

At age 79, Dowagiac resident, Nancy Pallas, decided to opt for a 3D mammogram, which was able to detect a stage 1A tumor. Her care team quickly assembled to help her beat the cancer.

Prostate cancer: Martin Dixon "Put to the test"

Retired engineer Martin Dixon takes a matter of fact, analytical approach to life. So, when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he faced his treatment with the same outlook.

Copyright © 2024 Corewell Health. All rights reserved.