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Local Organizations Donate Funds to Benefit Cancer Care

Employees from Chassix also raised $6,180, including a $1,000 donation from the organization, through t-shirt sales and a breast cancer walk with raffles and door prizes. Funds were donated to the Marie Yeager Cancer Center to help cover the cost of mammograms for patients who can’t afford it.

“Breast cancer has touched so many lives throughout our organization, whether it be the employee themselves, a friend, or a loved one—we couldn’t think of a better organization to support,” said Chassix employee, Sharon Stirling.


Students Against Destructive Decisions, a Niles High School student organization focused on encouraging others to make positive choices, recently donated $1,500 to support Hope Grows. The annual fundraiser, held in partnership with the YMCA of Southwest Michigan, supports the LIVESTRONG® program and the Marie Yeager Cancer Center offering a continuum of care to thousands of patients and families recovering from cancer, those fighting cancer, and those at risk—regardless of ability to pay. 

Funds were raised through multiple activities held during “Pink Week” including t-shirt sales, an annual Pink Week Walk, a basket raffle featuring local businesses, and donation collections.

“I loved going around and talking to people about buying t-shirts,” said Niles student, Julie Nyugen. “It was so fun to support a cause I care about and to know we made a difference not only in our school, but our community."

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“Early detection can make all the difference and we hope our funds can help provide this valuable service to those in need.” “We hope these two generous donations from the community inspire others as much as they’ve inspired us,” said Brandi Smith, Vice President of Philanthropy. “We are so grateful to the compassionate efforts of both the Niles High School students and employees at Chassix who care enough to raise funds to support people battling cancer in our community.”

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