Cancer center receives chemo bags donation. 

March 22, 2022

Cancer center receives chemo bags donation. 

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

LUDINGTON — Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital’s Cancer Center recently received a gift of 104 chemotherapy bags from Megan Tresnak of Ludington. Tresnak is a registered nurse who is currently taking a break from that career to raise her two children. 

A few years ago she became a sales consultant for Thirty-One, a direct sales company. “I found this fundraising idea through other consultants and decided to give it a try. The first round I had 100 bags donated, each cost $25 to sponsor. The second round I had 54 donated and they were $20 each to sponsor. The last round I did I had 105 donated at $20 each to sponsor, one of which was specially donated to a specific Spectrum Health employee so only 104 were given to the cancer center directly. The last two times I did it I coordinated the fundraiser with when the bags I use were on sale, making it cheaper per bag to donate. When I purchase the bags, 25% is my commission and that goes to the fundraiser to help fill the bags.”

Tresnak received donations from West Shore Bank, Culver’s and Dynamic Physical Therapy.

“The bags this time had a reusable cup, notebook, activity book, pen (donated by West Shore Bank), stress ball, eye glass cleaner (donated by West Shore Bank), Reusable Grocery Bag (donated by Dynamic Physical Therapy in Ludington), hand sanitizer, hand lotion, tissues, propel powder packet, candy (peppermints, ginger, lemon drops), a coupon from Culver’s of Ludington and a letter explaining the bag contents as well as a mini Thirty-One catalog and coupon from me.

“This time around I assembled the bags alone, this is because I was 8 months pregnant and I had a day that I was able to get them done.

“For me this is not about making money, but it is about spreading joy in a time when we need it the most,” Tresnak said. “These patients deserve to have some sort of joy before beginning a journey that they never wanted to start.

“I have received multiple cards, patients finding me on Facebook to thank me as well as sending me emails. The staff have told me that patients really enjoy getting the bags.”

Tresnak said she plans to assemble and donate the bags annually. “To date I’ve been able to deliver 258 bags. With their stock pile now, they should be able to last a year before I would need to do it again. “

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