GRAND RAPIDS, MI, February 09, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- In order to better address the growing needs of West Michigan families, Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan is opening a regional office in Grand Rapids on April 1.
The new office will serve as a West Michigan base for the non-profit, which provides information, financial assistance and emotional support to Michigan families affected by leukemia, lymphoma and related blood cancers. Each year, CLF provides programs and services to more than 4,400 families throughout the state, approximately 20 percent of them from West Michigan - the organization's highest concentration of patients and families outside of Southeast Michigan.
CLF will host CRUSH Grand Rapids Wine and Food Classic, its first West Michigan fundraiser, on Saturday, March 9 at Reserve Wine & Food in downtown Grand Rapids. The event, which is made possible by Dick and Betsy DeVos, will feature nine culinary masters from leading Chicago, West and Northern Michigan restaurants and honorary winemakers Celani Family Vineyards who will create an elegant and extraordinary evening for guests.
CRUSH Grand Rapids begins with a private patron reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by wine-food pairing stations and dessert. The event concludes at 10 p.m. after the awards ceremony, which will honor Dr. James B. Fahner, the director of pediatric hematology and oncology at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital with its 2013 Pioneers in Medicine Award, and Varnum LLP with its Corporate Leadership Award.
CLF programs and services fall into three categories:
Casework support, which connects a social worker with the family to provide access to emotional support, information and referral sources. The CLF resource room provides print, audio, video and electronic information to help families learn more about cancer, the treatments available and the issues surrounding the disease.
Financial assistance, which provides travel assistance, prescription drugs, treatment-related expenses and more, to ensure clients have access to the best medical care.
Respite and recreational programs, which offer patients and families a peer support network, therapeutic arts, holiday toys and tickets to entertainment and sporting events to underscore patients and families are not alone.
CRUSH Grand Rapids
CRUSH Grand Rapids joins the CLF series featuring world-renowned wine experts and culinary masters who create unparalleled of degustation events for their guests.
Since its inception, CRUSH has raised more than $1 million to benefit CLF. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.crushmichigan.com.
About Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan
Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan is a non-profit organization that provides information, financial assistance and emotional support to Michigan families affected by leukemia, lymphoma and related blood cancers. Each year, CLF provides programs and services to more than 4,400 families throughout the state, approximately 20 percent of them from West Michigan - our highest concentration of patients and families outside of Southeast Michigan. For more information, visit http://www.leukemiamichigan.org.
Contact: Mary Ann Sabo
Sabo Public Relations, 616.485.1432
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