CureSearch for Children's Cancer funds and supportstargeted and innovative children's cancer research with measurableresults, and is the authoritative source of information and resourcesfor all those affected by children's cancer.
The rain held off on September 24th for the CureSearch Walk – Southeast Michigan at the beautiful Rivard Plaza on the Detroit Riverfront. Over 1,000 walkers, committee members, and volunteers, totaling 44 teams and countless individual walkers raised more than $140,000 for children's cancer research.
The event had a very festive atmosphere. DJ Wheelz provided music while photographers, face painters, balloon artists, several mascots, and Snow White and her prince entertained all in attendance. Chili's provided tasty food samples throughout the event and emcee Jackie Paige from Fox 2 made sure everyone felt welcome.
To kickoff the Walk, every person with a smartphone updated their Facebook status or Tweeted "I'm checking in from the 2011 Southeast Michigan CureSearch Walk in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness month" in hopes of having the largest simultaneous social media post in Detroit history.
At the opening cermonies, Jane Martin and Samantha Weichert kicked things off with the national anthem. Then, during the balloon release in remembrance of those lost to children’s cancer local celebrity Jennifer Kincer sang "Fly" by Celine Dion.
Ayesha Potts, committee member and mother of Marcellus, who lost his battle with cancer then took to the stage to share why she participated. Ashley was followed by MD, Jeffery Taub from Children’s Hospital of Michigan who spoke about the importance of children's cancer research. Then, children cancer survivors and those currently in treatment were honored as CureSearch Champions, one of whom was a 44 year-old childhood cancer survivor.
The CureSearch Walk - Southeast Michigan blew away all expectations and demonstrated how people from different hospitals can work togethor for a united cause.
Several teams stood out at the Walk, but team Lilli's Light was especially inspirational. Currently in treatment, Lilli's mother accepted the medal on her behalf because was in the hospital. Upon receiving Lilli's medal her mother was greeted with enthusiastic cheers from their 60 person team. William Beaumont Hospital, Children's Hospital of Michigan, St. John Hospital, and CS Mott Children's Hospital all produced powerhouse teams as well, finding unique ways to get their families involved.
Dozens of participants have already come forward with their plans for making 2012 even bigger and the walk committee has already decided they want to raise $250,000!
Shelby GosnellCommunications Manager Email Shelby(240) 235-2205