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07/23/2010

Genesys hosts Reunion with a Cause for cancer patients

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI) Genesys Health Foundation sponsors Reunion with a Cause, the seventh annual memory walk and survivor celebration held at Holly High School to raise funds for Genesys cancer patients.
This year's event takes place Friday, Aug. 13, from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Festivities will be held on the Holly High School track, located at 6161 E. Holly Road.

The evening starts with a celebration walk for all cancer survivors, "symbolizing hope for others who are victims of this disease," reports Nick Evans, vice president and chief development officer for Genesys Health Foundation.

In addition to the walk, Reunion with a Cause includes an evening filled with family activities, entertainment, children's games, a silent auction, a candle lighting ceremony, music and refreshments. Those participating are encouraged to collect donations.

Last year, Reunion with a Cause yielded almost $60,000 for Genesys cancer patients - a record-breaking amount! These funds were used to help cancer patients with their physical and emotional needs during treatment. In previous years, proceeds from the event were used to pay for medication, medical equipment, rental equipment such as wheelchairs, private pay aides, transportation to and from cancer treatments, and other special needs not covered by health insurance. One hundred percent of the funds raised go to Genesys cancer patients.

"This is a fun-filled night to celebrate and commemorate those whose lives have been touched by cancer, and to raise money to help these people obtain the services and care they need but cannot afford," Evans points out. "Everyone in the community is invited to show their support by participating in Reunion with a Cause - by walking the track, by cheering for walkers, or by making a contribution of any amount."

For more information on Reunion with a Cause, call Genesys Health Foundation at 810-606-6387; or Charlene Wright, co-chair of the event, at 248-634-7423. You also can make a donation on line at www.genesys.org/reunion.

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