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Aspirus KHF contributes to DDIY to help families in need

DDIY

Aspirus Keweenaw Health Foundation (KHF) Executive Director Ed Jenich presents a $473 donation to the Don’t Do It Yourself (DDIY) organization on Thursday, June 16. From left to right are: Ed Jenich, Marilyn Swift, Jack Ham, Bridget Becker and Barbara Mattila. DDIY was established in 2013 and serves as an emergency funding source for residents in Houghton and Keweenaw counties who are facing a health crisis. DDIY offers financial assistance for travel, lodging and meals for residents who do not have travel reimbursement opportunities or do not qualify for low income assistance. The funds contributed by the Aspirus KHF were raised by employees of Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital and Clinics. For more information about DDIY, visit www.ddiyup.org.

Aspirus KHF funds new electronic health records system for CLK Schools

CLK Schools

Paper health records are a thing of the past for the Public Schools of Calumet, Laurium & Keweenaw, thanks to a generous donation from the Asprius Keweenaw Health Foundation (KHF). Aspirus KHF donated $5,059 to CLK for the purchase of a new electronic health records system. The upgrade replaces their paper records and allows CLK to better maintain the most up-to-date health information for students.

KHF donates new life-saving technology for Hancock Fire Department

Hancock Fire Department Donation

The Hancock Volunteer Fire Department has a new piece of life-saving technology thanks to a donation from the Keweenaw Health Foundation (KHF). Keweenaw Health Foundation Executive Director Ed Jenich presented a new portable automatic external defibrillator (AED) to Second Assistant Fire Chief Neil Ahola on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the fire department in Hancock. An AED device is used to restore normal heart rhythm, and provides critical, necessary treatment for sudden cardiac arrest. Having an AED allows the department’s volunteer firefighters to be better prepared for an emergency 24/7.

Aspirus KHF donation supports Copper Country United Way

Copper County United Way

Aspirus Keweenaw Health Foundation Executive Director Ed Jenich presents a $500 donation to Copper Country United Way Office Manager Karen Sotala this morning. The funds were raised through Jeans Friday, an Aspirus Keweenaw employee fundraiser.

KHF funds new life-saving technology for Calumet Village Fire Department

Calumet Village Volunteer Fire Department will soon have a new piece of life-saving technology on hand, thanks to a donation from the Keweenaw Health Foundation. On Thursday, June 7, Keweenaw Health Foundation Executive Director Ed Jenich presented a $2,500 donation to Calumet Village Fire Chief Tim Gasperich for the purchase of a portable automatic external defibrillator (AED). An AED is a portable device used to restore normal heart rhythm, and provide critical, necessary treatment for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Having an AED device allows the department’s 15 volunteer firefighters be better prepared for an emergency 24/7. Also pictured from left to right: Rob Tarvis, Calumet Village Administrator, David Geisler, Calumet Village President and Anthony Abe, Calumet Village Firefighter.

KHF contributes to Simple Kindness for Youth

SKY Donation

Keweenaw Health Foundation (KHF) Executive Director Ed Jenich presents a $652 donation to Simple Kindness for Youth (SKY) Board President Lynnette Borree, and board members Sandy Uusitalo, far left, and Robert Megowen, far right, on Tuesday, May 3. SKY is a local volunteer organization dedicated to helping school-aged youth in Houghton, Keweenaw and Baraga counties build and maintain their self-esteem. SKY provides youth access to needs such as: clothing, tutoring, instrument rentals, transportation to events/activities, summer enrichment programs and more. The money KHF contributed to SKY was collected through an Aspirus Keweenaw employee fundraiser.

Aspirus KHF supports Brockway Mountain Hawk Watch

Hawk Watch

Aspirus Keweenaw Health Foundation Executive Director Ed Jenich presents a $500 donation to Karen Karl, president of the Keweenaw Bird Research Group, for their Brockway Mountain Hawk Watch (BMHW) project. The BMHW project involves the monitoring and analysis of raptor migration in North America.

The Jersey Fund

Jersey Fund

Calumet High School's Varsity Girls Basketball and Varsity Boys Hockey teams donned pink jerseys in support of the 3rd annual Jersey Fund. The Jersey Fund is a fundraiser that links Calumet High School athletes to Aspirus Keweenaw and local businesses to help bring extra comfort to oncology patients during their care. Proceeds from the games benefit Keweenaw Health Foundation's Cancer Care fund, and are allocated to purchase patient comfort items.

Donation to Brody Strong Foundation

Brody Strong

Keweenaw Health Foundation Executive Director, Ed Jenich presents a $320 donation to Tanya Etelmaki, founder of the Brody Strong Foundation. The foundation was created by Tanya and Doug Etelmaki in honor of their 4-year old son, Brody, who lost his year long battle with brain cancer. Brody Strong is a non-profit with all proceeds benefiting pediatic brain cancer research at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. The funds contributed to Brody Strong were raised through an employee fundraiser at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital.

Donation to Omega House Cancer Care Fund

Omega House

From left to right, Aspirus Keweenaw Medical Director Dr. Michael Luoma and Keweenaw Health Foundation Executive Director Ed Jenich present a $5,000 donation to Omega House Director of Community and Donor Relations, Ray Weglarz, RN, and Guy St. Germain, treasurer of the Omega House Board of Directors. The donation was given on behalf of the Keweenaw Health Foundation in support of the Omega House Cancer Care Fund.

Donation to The Drill Shop

Drill Shop

Keweenaw Health Foundation (KHF) Executive Director Ed Jenich presents a $2000 donation to Drill Shop Project Organizer Gary Lassila, to help with efforts in transforming the building into a year-round activity center. The Drill Shop was built by the Calumet & Hecla Mining Company tomanufacture drill equipment for the copper mines. In 2005, the Copper Country Curling Club moved in and installed two curling rinks. The project will develop the unused part of the building for other community activities.

Donation to Glitter In Gold

Glitter In Gold

Aspirus Keweenaw Marketing Logistics Coordinator Jenn Jenich-Laplander presents a $320 donation, on behalf of the Keweenaw Health Foundation, to Glitter In Gold founder Royale Walter. Royale and Ryan Walter established the local non-profit in 2014 to honor their daughter Mchalie, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Glitter in Gold is raising awareness and funding for childhood cancer. The donation funds were raised through an employee fundraiser at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital.

Copperman Donation

Copperman

Keweenaw Health Foundation is helping to make the holiday season a little bright by contributing to a Christmas lights display in Grant Township Park in Copper Harbor. Keweenaw Health Foundation Executive Director Ed Jenich presents Don Kilpela Sr. with a $500 donation during the 24th annual Copperman Triathlon and Duathlon in Copper Harobor. The donation was made to benefit his son Don Kilpela Jr. who puts up a special Christmas lights display annually in the park near the community building.

Donation to K-Snag and Because of Mandy

K-SNAG

Aspirus Keweenaw Marketing Logistics Coordinator Jenn Jenich presents a 390.50 donation to K-Snag volunteer Gail Smith on behalf of the Keweenaw Health Foundation. The money collected through a Keweenaw staff fundraiser. We’re proud to support all the wonderful things you do.

Aspirus Keweenaw Marketing Logistics Coordinator Jenn Jenich presents a 390.50 donation to Because of Mandy founder Aimee Ryding on behalf of the Keweenaw Health Foundation. The money was collected through an Aspirus Keweenaw staff fundraiser. We’re proud to support all the wonderful things you do!

2015 Mass-a-cure

MassACure

Calumet High School's Varsity Girls Basketball and Varsity Boys Hockey teams donned pink jerseys Feb. 16 and 17 in support of the 5th annual Mass-A-Cure benefit for cancer care. Mass-A-Cure is a fundraiser that links Calumet High School athletes and marketing class students to Aspirus Keweenaw and local businesses to help bring extra comfort to oncology patients during their care. Proceeds from the games benefit Keweenaw Health Foundation's Cancer Care fund, and are allocated to purchase patient comfort items. This year, funds benefitted the purchase of warming blankets to provide warmth and comfort to chemotherapy patients.