Detroit, Michigan (PRWEB) June 01, 2012
The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, with DMC Children’s Hospital, at 11 AM-3 PM, Saturday, June 2, 2012, will host one of the nation’s largest parties to honor pediatric cancer survivors and their families. The event takes place at C.J. Barrymore’s Outdoor Entertainment Complex, 21750 Hall Road, in Clinton Township.
More than 1,400 Children’s Hospital cancer survivors, families and health professionals will participate in this year’s invitation-only Celebration of Life, which coincides with National Childhood Cancer Survivor Day. The event will feature Detroit Piston Rodney Stuckey, family entertainment, go-kart rides, mini golf, batting cages, arcade games, a treasure hunt and more. The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Auxiliary donated $40,000 to the Foundation to underwrite the costs of this year’s event.
“Celebration of Life provides a unique opportunity for children and families--those actively battling cancer and long-term survivors--to meet for support, encouragement and fun,” said Susan Foley, vice president for Advancement for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. “The event includes a story time, where patients draw hope and strength from cancer survivors, who range in age from infant to senior citizen.”
“Many survivors and patients simply can’t afford to attend the Celebration of Life, so we don’t charge anyone,” Foley said. “Hospital staff members volunteer their time, and thanks to the generosity of the Auxiliary, all of the costs the event are covered.”
In conjunction with the Celebration of Life event the public will have an opportunity to support the cause by participating in the Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s Be the Match bone marrow drive. The drive provides an easy way to get on the potential donor list and support others with a quick swab of the cheek and completion of a brief questionnaire.
Founded in 2003, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation supports the healthcare needs of children by raising philanthropic support for pediatric medical education, pediatric-focused research and prevention of childhood diseases and injuries. The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is recognized as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization by the Internal Revenue Service and is governed by a 23-member board of directors.
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