Stories of Hope


Stories of Hope

Heart-shaped stone in the palm of a hand We are thrilled and humbled when individuals step forward with extraordinary gifts. Just as there are many ways to give, there are many reasons to support excellent health care services in northern Michigan.

The generosity of donors is often rooted in a deep desire to strengthen the community and to make a lasting impact. These gifts and stories inspire others to join in and support projects that will touch the lives of loved ones, friends, and neighbors.

Featured Stories

kris elbert

Local Care Makes a World of Difference

An estimated one in eight women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis in her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. Kris Elbert became part of that statistic when she found a lump on her breast in January 2022.

An active and healthy woman, Kris was shocked by her discovery. Just three months prior, her routine mammogram detected no abnormalities.  

Read Kris Elbert's Story > >

kathie and gary vollmar

The Importance of Strong Local Healthcare

Kathie and Gary Vollmar are what many consider an All-American couple. Like many Michiganders, Kathie and Gary built successful careers while raising their family.

And like nearly two million Americans each year, Kathie’s world was rocked in 2018 by three words: “You have cancer.”

Read the Vollmars' Story > >

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In Loving Memory of Lynn Drew

"In 2016, my mom spent about four weeks in the care of the Munson Healthcare Hospice House and the experience we had was sincerely the best we could have ever asked for.

I sincerely don’t know how we would have made it through this process without the Hospice House." - Kelsey Gamble

Read Kelsey's Letter > >

bill and colleen tucker pose for a photo

Quality Heart Care Saves Lives

When Manistee resident Colleen Tucker woke one warm morning in September 2013, she immediately knew something wasn’t right. 

Colleen, whose father passed away from a heart attack years ago, recognized the signs and made her way to Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital’s Emergency Department.

Read the Tuckers' Story > >

heather and daughter eva pose for a photo with their donation

Bringing Comfort and Joy to NICU Parents

Heather Shaner delivered her daughter, Eva, 10 weeks premature and spent Mother's Day 2021 in the Munson Medical Center NICU. Eva remained there for the following five weeks, fighting and healing every day.

On Mother's Day this year, Heather teamed up with the Triple Heart Foundation to deliver goodie bags to fellow NICU parents. 

Read Heather's Story > >

charles kampmueller sits at a table and writes Empowered through Treatment

In March of 2021, Charles Kampmueller found himself in the last place he expected to be: Cadillac Hospital’s Emergency Department.

Charles had begun experiencing complications in his right hand and leg earlier that month. When he lost his ability to write, he knew something was wrong.  

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katie eicher poses for a photo with her family Saving Katie

June 27, 2021, began as a normal day for Katie Eicher. She went to church, then went to her job as an occupational therapist.

Fifteen minutes into her shift, Katie went into cardiac arrest and was taken by ambulance to Munson Medical Center. She spent the following 12 days receiving treatment at the Webber Heart Center.

Read Katie's Story > >

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Every gift has special and personal meaning behind it. Have you had great care at a Munson Healthcare hospital? Did a member of your healthcare team provide extraordinary service or care? Were you inspired to make a gift in honor of a loved one or community member?

We would love to hear your reason for giving! Click the button below to get in touch with our team and share your personal story. 

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