Love Life and Live Long

The Cancer and Critical Care Fund promotes healthy choices that lead to living longer and reducing your risk of illness or disease. You can start making positive changes in your life with the CCC Fund’s guidance and support. Even the smallest efforts will result in longevity and better health.

Take time in the morning to stretch, improve your diet, or simply spend a minute every day to tell yourself you’re the best person you can be.


Three C's of Longevity



Veronica, a 3rd grader at Thomas Read Elementary in Shelby, was the winner of the CCC Fund Poster Contest. Her parents and two younger siblings came to the community picnic to celebrate Veronica’s achievement. Patrick and Anna congratulated her with a $100 bill and a grand round of applause from everyone at the picnic.


Two teams tied with the lowest scores of the day. All of the team members will be listed on the CCC Fund Golf Tournament Plaque that will hang in the Colonial pro shop.

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Honorary chair Duane Vernon graciously donated 2 MSU men’s basketball tickets and 2 MSU football tickets for our lucky raffle winners.


Congratulations to all of our tournament and raffle winners! The day was a complete success and we hope everyone left feeling like a winner.


And the Winner Is…

An import aspect of the CCC Fund is community involvement. Local businesses, county official, parents, volunteers and Oceana County residents are making contributions to the CCC Fund in many ways. People of all ages can get involved in charity work and non-profit organizations, even the kids!


To further express the creativity and personal experiences of those in Oceana County, the CCC Fund hosted its first poster contest for all K-6th graders in the area. Designing an original, unique and inspiring poster gave kids an opportunity to contribute to the fund in their own way.

The following schools were invited to participate in the contest:

Patricia St. Clair Elementary, Hesperia

Walkerville Elementary School, Walkerville

Pentwater Public School, Pentwater

Thomas Read Elementary, Shelby

New Era Elementary, New Era

New Era Christian School, New Era

Spitler Elementary, Hart

Thank you to all of the students who submitted designs! The winning poster will be incorporated into the CCC Fund’s promotional materials for the coming year. A $100.00 cash prize will be award to the student who design was chosen. The name of this lucky student will be announced at the Golf Tournament Fundraiser this Saturday, June 8th at The Colonial in Hart.

Make sure to attend the community picnic to see the big reveal and congratulate all of the students who took the initiative to make a contribution to the CCC Fund.

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Honorary Chair Duane Vernon


Throughout his life, Duane Vernon, MSU Class of 1953, has demonstrated the outstanding class and character of a life-long Spartan. A member of the MSU Alumni Association and former President of the MSU Alumni club of Mid-Michigan, Duane Vernon has a love for his alma mater and a passion for his involvement in the Spartan community that rivals any other.

Duane is admired by many for his dedication to volunteer work, leadership and integrity. Six decades of such excellence have not gone unrecognized. Mr. Vernon is a recipient of the     Clarence “Biggie” Munn Extra Effort Award, given to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to MSU, making him the second Michigan State University alumni to ever receive such an honor. His die-hard love for MSU led him to be named to the Sports Fan Hall of Fame by Sports Illustrated in 2000.

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Michigan State University wordmark (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Duane Vernon has a place in his heart for all Spartan fans, especially those of Mid-Michigan and Oceana County. He was thrilled when asked to be the honorary guest at the Cancer and Critical Care Fund’s first golf tournament fundraising event.

With its well-kept greens and historical white clubhouse, The Colonial Golf Course in Hart will open its arms to Mr. Spartan and all others attending the event On June 8th. Cancer and Critical Care Fund founder and CEO Patrick Fuller hopes that Duane’s enthusiasm for charitable organizations and exemplary acts of service will inspire others to make the “extra effort.”


From Near and Far—Supporting the Cause

No matter where in the world they are,

people who grew up or lived in Oceana County have a deep appreciation for this unique area of West Michigan.

Moving out of your hometown, whether it be to start a family, take a new job, or simply to get a change of views, doesn’t mean leaving forever. Classmates, relatives and childhood friends have spread across cities, states and countries. No matter where we reside, our hometown roots will never leave us.

Though the Cancer and Critical Care Fund was established in Oceana County and it’s funds will be used to assist families living in the area, both locals and non-Michiganders have shown their support by making donations.

Seal of Oceana County, Michigan

Seal of Oceana County, Michigan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Pentwater to Lansing, Indianapolis to Chicago, even as far as Montana, individuals and businesses are giving back to the communities within Oceana County.

Many hands make light work and the tremendous support that the Cancer and Critical Care Fund has received thus far is a result of many hands as well. Because of supporters like you, this fund will assist families in Oceana County with financial expenses due to cancer or a critical illness and will help to keep our growing community together, no matter where in the world life takes us.

So to all of those near and far, we would like to say ‘thank you’. 

Cullen Haffey Memorial Fund—Balloon Launch

The Cullen Screen shot 2013-05-22 at 9.00.09 AMHaffey Memorial           Golf Outing on Monday, May 20th was a special day for the friends, family, students and community members who joined together once again, in remembrance of a young man so dear to their hearts.


A balloon launch for Cullen was the start to a magical evening at the Schenandoah County Club in West Bloomfield where hundreds gathered to raise money for the Cullen Haffey Memorial Fund. 


The Haffeys, whom we consider to be more than just friends, will always have a loving and supportive place within the Fuller family.


If you would like to make a donation to the Cullen Haffey Memorial Fund and the Band of Brothers Scholarship at Brother Rice High School, please visit this website.

Tee Sponsor Update

The list continues to grow! We have received several sponsorship commitments from individuals and businesses in Oceana County and surrounding areas.

Tee Sponsors Include:

Senator Goeff Hansen
Andridge Landscaping in Lansing
Schooners Island Bar and Grill
WW&A Painting by Kris Wilson
Pentwater Dari Creme

You can sponsor a hole and play golf on behalf of your business! There are plenty of tee sponsorships waiting to be claimed.

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Sponsoring a hole is easy and fun. All you need to do is:

1. Fill out this sponsorship form

2. Send an email to: with the completed form and a PFD file of your company’s logo.

3.Mail your sponsorship check to the CCC Fund headquarters in East Lansing

6381 Island Lake Drive, East Lansing, MI 48823

or to our local CCC Fund office

1915 Young Road, Hart, MI 49420

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Geting the Kids Involved

The 1st annual poster contest is underway! All K-6th graders in Oceana County are invited to submit a design for this year’s Cancer and Critical Care Fund poster. Screen shot 2013-05-07 at 10.47.01 AM

Using an 8X11 sheet of paper, students are asked to answer this question: Why is it important to help others?

Encourage your kids to get involved. Show them how they can make a positive impact on their community. Get creative! Any additional materials can be used: paint, markers, construction paper, you name it!

The winning poster submission will be announced at the golf outing on June 8th at the Colonial.

$100.00 cash prize to the student whose poster design is selected!

Make sure your child’s teacher provides information and instructions to insure that everyone is given a fair opportunity to participate.