The Philanthropy of Choice for Creating Healthier Lives
September 2013
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We are excited to be reaching several thousand new readers from our communities, including the entire Bronson family.

For those of you reading eNews for the first time, we think you will find it informative, quick-reading, and a way to regularly hear about the wonderful culture of philanthropy surrounding Bronson Healthcare. 

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Thank you for your interest, and as always, thank you for your support!

-Bronson Health Foundation staff

Walk & Run Already Surpasses Previous Year's Support!


To date, more than $60,000 has been raised for the Bronson Children's Hospital Walk and Run


Surpassing last year's record-breaking support of $57,0000, and with more than a week remaining before the big event, chances are high that regional walkers and runners will push this year's event to an exciting new level.


New to this year's walk is a competitive 5k run that is aimed to encourage our strong running community to help support children and families who find themselves under the care of Bronson Children's Hospital.


"Last year we hosted nearly 600 walkers. Adding a 5k seems to be generating a lot of additional interest in our event. We hope we might see at least 1,000 people come participate this year," said Bronson Health Foundation chair, Michele Marquardt. 


In addition to the walk and run, face painting, ambulance tours, and Jungle Joe's will be on site to create a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.  


Follow this link to register today.   


Appreciation for Bronson Commons Donors


On September 4, the Bronson Health Foundation hosted a celebration and open house to show gratitude for donors generously supporting the Bronson Commons campaign. Bronson Commons is a new all-private room healthcare facility in Mattawan that provides short-term nursing care and therapy for patients who need assistance following illness, injury or hospitalization.  More than 100 guests arrived to tour the spectacular new facility - admiring the patient rooms and beautiful healing gardens.


To date, more than $340,000 from 63 individual donors and organizations has been raised toward the $500,000 goal the Foundation hopes to achieve. 


Several gifts to the campaign are in honor of loved ones, including the single largest gift by local company, Moore Electrical. Through their generosity, a courtyard has been made possible in memory of B.J. Decker -- a Moore Electrical employee who worked on the project, but sadly passed away a few months ago.


Learn more about this gift and ways you can support the campaign here.

'Comfort Suite' to Open at Bronson Battle Creek

On Wednesday, September 25, Bronson Battle Creek will unveil its newest service called a 'Comfort Suite' in the Mary Coleman Women's Center.  It is a special place where patients can rest at the hospital before receiving their same-day breast biopsy, between their multiple daily treatments for breast cancer, or for other patients that may have to spend a long period of time at the hospital on any given day. 


"Research shows that patients will have far better outcomes from their treatments if they are rested, relaxed, and happy," added Ann Moenke, health initiatives coordinator for the Great Lakes Division of the American Cancer Society.   "Our new comfort suite will help our patients reach those goals physically, mentally, and spiritually." 


Much of the work in creating this space was donated through local trades-crafts.  


Special acknowledgement goes to, among others, Battle Creek Tile & Mosaic, Cook/Jackson Co., CSE Morse, CSM Group, Diekema-Hamann Architecture and Engineering, H & H Painting, Hunter-Prell Co., Motor Shop Electrical Const., and Woodsmiths.


Lake Michigan Mailers This Year's Walk & Run Platinum Sponsor

After supporting the Bronson Children's Hospital Walk & Run for two consecutive years, we are happy to announce that Lake Michigan Mailers (LMM) has generously offered to be our Platinum Sponsor for this year's event.

LMM is not just a sponsor but a hands-on supporter of the Bronson Children's Hospital Walk & Run, as they are also one of our top teams registered to participate in the event! 


LMM President, David Rhoa, stated "Lake Michigan Mailers has always been committed to the communities in which we live and work. We regularly demonstrate that commitment through in-depth engagement with worthy institutions - like Bronson Children's Hospital - that represent the very best our communities have to offer."


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