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Lynne Cheney to speak Oct. 4 at joint fundraiser

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originally posted October 1, 2002

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Michigan and the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center will welcome Lynne V. Cheney, Ph.D., as the keynote speaker at their "Words for a Wish and a Cure" fund-raising event on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Michigan League on the U-M campus in Ann Arbor.

Mrs. Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, is a best-selling author and a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Cheney's most recent book is America: A Patriotic Primer, an alphabet book for children of all ages and their families. The book, released May 21, 2002, celebrates the ideas and ideals that are the foundations of our country. Mrs. Cheney's net proceeds from America will be donated to charity.

The event will also feature a concert by the Grammy Award-winning Irish musicians The Chieftains, and the vocal talents of local Make-A-Wish® recipient Jessica Waldron, whose wish to record a CD recently came true.

"The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan and the University of Michigan Cancer Center's Childhood Cancer Program have joined forces time and time again to provide cutting edge treatment and complementary social services to hundreds of children facing life-threatening diseases," says Valerie Castle, M.D., co-director of the U-M's Childhood Cancer Program and board member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan.

"In fact, for the past three years, the University of Michigan has served as the largest referral source to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan, having referred nearly 250 children whose wishes have been granted, at an average value of $6,000 per wish," continues Castle.

Sponsors for the event include Border's Group, Domino's Pizza, Forester's Group, Pfizer, Liberty Title, Hylant Group, Advance Print & Graphics and Creative Solutions Group, Inc. In addition, Edwards Brothers of Ann Arbor will offer an aspiring writer the opportunity to have 250 hardback copies of his or her novel published.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan is a chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America, the largest wish-granting charity in the world. Since 1984, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan has granted more than 3,300 wishes to children living with life-threatening illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

The Michigan chapter anticipates granting 365 wishes this year and has offices in Livonia, Okemos, and Grand Rapids, with more than 80 percent of expenditures going toward program services. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan, visit www.wishmich.org or call 1-888-857-9474 (WISH).


The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center was established in 1986 and shortly thereafter designated a comprehensive center by the National Cancer Institute. Only a small number of centers in the country hold this title by achieving the highest standards in patient care, engaging in significant prevention and research activities, and developing strong community outreach programs. The Center is also ranked among the top 10 cancer programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

The U-M Cancer Center has more than 200 clinicians and researchers who work together in multidisciplinary teams to rapidly bring the latest prevention, detection and treatment discoveries to nearly 30 cancer care clinics. For more information, patients may call the nurse-staffed Cancer AnswerLine™ at 1-800-865-1125 or visit it on-line.

Written by: Maria White, U-M Cancer Center

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