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News Archive - Progress Newsletter Spring 2001 Online
Notes from around the Cancer Center
Candle Lighting 2000
More than 400 people attended the U-M Cancer Center's Candle Lighting for Hope and Remembrance, on Friday, Sept. 22, under the front entrance canopy to the Center. Candles were lit in honor of cancer survivors and in memory of those who have died from the disease. Ten special candle lighters, representing health care providers, clergy, family members and friends, led off the ceremony by saying a few words about the people they were honoring and remembering.
White carnations representing hope (see above) were given to all guests as they left the ceremony.
Ms. Savarino and the Nagels spearheaded the "88 Keys" program, which allows individuals to "purchase" keys of the Center's baby grand piano, either in honor or memory of a loved one.
The evening's program included piano performances by Professor Louis and Dr. Julie Nagel; a sing-along with music therapist Megan Gunnell; singing bytalented high-school performer Diana Lawrence; and a poetry reading by breast cancer survivor Michael Samuelson, who authored Voices from the Edge: Life Lessons from the Cancer Community.
More than 15 Brownies from troop 1282 in Canton visited the U-M Cancer Center on Dec. 4, to deliver gift bags they had created for the children in the chemotherapy infusion area. Mike Fcasni started the annual project in 1999, following his wife's death from cancer. Mike wanted to start a new Christmas tradition for his family so he invited his daughters' Brownie troops to his house to trim the tree, bake cookies and create the gift bags. The project has grown to include more than 70 Brownies and their families creating 140 bags for the Center and the Ronald McDonald House.