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Fraser takes on cancer in weeklong fundraiser

October 10, 2012

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Fraser High School cheerleaders greet cancer survivors during the Fraser vs. Grosse Pointe North football game Sept. 28 at Fraser’s stadium.

FRASER — The Fraser Public Schools community had a fight on its hands last month, facing one of the toughest opponents of all: cancer.

The district’s annual fundraiser “Fraser vs. Cancer” was held the week of Sept. 24 and raised approximately $20,000 to fight cancer. The donations will be distributed to a variety of cancer-related charities including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, University of Michigan Hospital, the American Cancer Society, the Believe Foundation, and the Special Days Camp.

According to a district press release, Fraser’s fall varsity athletes purchased pink jerseys with navy numerals, and on the back, the name of an honorary cancer survivor or that of a loved one who passed away from the disease. The Fraser vs. Cancer shirts were on sale throughout the community to promote cancer awareness, raise money and provide entry into all events during the week.

The weeklong fundraiser concluded Sept. 28 during the Fraser High School vs. Grosse Pointe North football game at Fraser’s stadium. The evening paid tribute to anyone who fought cancer.

With emotions high, at least 250 cancer survivors created “a human tunnel” before the game. As team members came onto the field, they shook hands with the survivors. After the game, everyone — players and spectators — was invited to form a human ribbon to honor all those affected by cancer.

To date, the annual event has raised $100,000, including donations from this year’s event.

About the author

Staff Writer Maria Allard covers the school districts of Center Line, Fitzgerald, Van Dyke, Warren Consolidated and Warren Woods, and Macomb Community College for the Warren Weekly newspaper. She also covers northeast Detroit, the City of Harper Woods and the Harper Woods District Schools for the Advertiser Times newspaper, and the City of Grosse Pointe Woods and the Grosse Pointe Public Schools System for the Grosse Pointe Times newspaper. Allard has worked for C&G Newspapers since 1995, and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University.

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