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Annual quarry run raises $35K for Alpena Cancer Center

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The Lafarge Presque Isle Quarry continues to support cancer care in Alpena.


Representatives from the quarry recently presented MidMichigan Health Foundation with a check for $35,000 – proceeds from the sixth annual Quarry Run held in August.


The run is a truly unique 5K held in the quarry, which attracts runners from across the state and beyond. In six years, the team at Presque Isle has raised $220,000 to help support significant renovations and new equipment for the Alpena Cancer Center.


This year the race was held in honor of Carl Pilarski who is battling cancer of the appendix. Pilarski, who worked a variety of jobs at the quarry over a span of 39 years, traveled to Ann Arbor for a second opinion when diagnosed two years ago. “They told me they’d be doing the same thing to treat me there as they were doing at home, and traveling is hard on a person,” said Pilarski. “I am always impressed with the staff here. The care is unbelievable.”


Funds raised by the LaFarge Presque Isle Quarry have been used for upgrades to patient care areas and state-of-the-art equipment, including a new linear accelerator and 3D mammography imaging.