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July 24, 2013

All hands on deck to help The Lake House

By Kristyne E. Demske
C & G Staff Writer

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With two years under its belt, The Lake House is looking to keep its momentum going with an inaugural fundraising walk in September.“All of our services are free, so fundraising is important,” said Rebecca Palen, executive director of The Lake House.

The Lake House, 26701 Little Mack Ave., is a gathering place for those touched by cancer and offers support groups, informational speakers, social workers, yoga and other physical activities, and more.

“We’re finding as we’re open … more and more people are finding us,” said House Manager Robin Hambright. “It’s becoming bigger and bigger and better and better, and all that takes money, I’m afraid.”

That’s why the organization is putting on the Waves of Hope 5k walk starting at 10 a.m. Sept. 29 at Blossom Heath Park. Registration is open now at www.milakehouse.org and is $25 before Sept. 15, with the guarantee of a T-shirt for participants. Registration the day of the event is $30 and begins at 9 a.m.

The organization is also looking for sponsors, who can head to the website or call (586) 777-7761 to help.

Participants will walk north along Jefferson Avenue from Blossom Heath up to Lac Ste. Clair Marina at 11 Mile Road behind City Hall, then return to Mike’s on the Water, 24600 Jefferson Ave., for a party. Fundraising will begin with a kickoff party at Mike’s on the Water from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 16, where $20 will buy shrimp, specially priced drinks and more fun.

“It’s going to be a place where our sponsors can be spotlighted in addition to the walk,” Palen said.

She said it’s important for The Lake House to make the event a success in order to keep its momentum. The charity celebrated its second anniversary May 1.

“Now that we have a strong organization with volunteers, with staff, we’re finally able to organize such a big event and, also right now in oncology, a big part of survivorship is being able to physically embrace your body and do the best you can do,” she said. “We like to make an event so people can start to anticipate it as a fun, family event.”

Hambright said a year ago, The Lake House had 55 members. Today, 190 have joined and more are coming every day. The Lake House offers tai chi, yoga, watercolor groups, different support groups with paid facilitators, and also has two social workers on staff.

“To keep the doors open to a non-profit, we need funding at all times,” she said. “We keep putting our heads together to figure out a new thing. Already, we’re thinking a year ahead” and have plans in the works for more fundraisers in 2014.

For more information, email info@milakehouse.org, visit www.milakehouse.org or call (586) 777-7761.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Kristyne E. Demske at kdemske@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1041.