Ferris State student shaves head to support those affected by cancer

Losing hair can cause a lot of heartache for people. It can be especially difficult if the loss is due to cancer chemotherapy. Ferris State University student Betsy Garbe, a junior from Allegan majoring in Public Relations, hopes that voluntarily losing her hair on Thursday, Jan. 30 will show support for people dealing with one of the nation’s leading causes of death: cancer. Garbe will have her head shaved at The Studio in downtown Big Rapids, at 7 p.m., with her family and closest friends present and supportive.

Dave Camp to undergo treatment for non-hodgkins lymphoma

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp of Michigan announced over the weekend he has non-hodgkins lymphoma and will undergo treatment immediately. Camp says he discovered the large B-cell Lymphoma during a recent physical in its early stages. The Midland Republican's treatment will take place every three weeks over the next few months and will include a series of chemotherapy sessions. Camps said in a statement quote “In between treatments I will continue my work as a United States Representative for Michigan’s Fourth District and as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.

Local Business man to shave his head for childhood cancer

Snyder's BBQ owner Kraig Snyder will be shaving his head to stand up against childhood cancer. On February 15th, at Falcon Head Golf Club there will be a pediatrics cancer research charity event benefiting St. Baldricks. Snyder wont be the only one shaving his head. “I believe we are up to seven right now but anybody that wants to volunteer and raise money we would be more than happy to have you join us”. You can visit StBaldrics.org to donate money or sign up to shave your head. There will also be a silent auction at Falcon head on the 15th.

MSU researchers find drug that treats diabetes and some forms of cancer

An inexpensive drug that treats Type-2 diabetes has been shown to prevent a number of natural and man-made chemicals from stimulating the growth of breast cancer cells That's according to a newly published study by a Michigan State University researcher. The research, led by Pediatrics Professor James Trosko and colleagues from South Korea's Seoul National University, provides biological evidence for previously reported epidemiological surveys that long-term use of the drug metformin for Type-2 diabetes reduces the risk of diabetes-associated cancers, such as breast cancers.

Jenison woman plans to swim across Lake Michigan to raise money for cancer

A West Michigan woman has announced plans to swim across Lake Michigan. Ashley St. Andrews of Jenison plans to swim from Two Rivers, Wisconsin to the Ludington State Park in mid-august. The big lake is about 50 miles wide at that point. St. Andrews says she was motivated by Jim Dreyer of Byron Center, who did it in the late 90s she would be the first woman to swim across Lake Michigan. Her swim also will raise money for the lacks cancer center at Saint Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids. St. Andrews is A Jenison High School graduate and currently attends Wayne State University. (MRN)

Woman who faked her son's cancer to scam people gives up parental rights

Wellness Walk

Want to support a great cause while enjoying the outdoors? The Susan P. Wheatlake Women’s Cancer and Wellness fund is hosting its biggest fundraiser of the year: the fourth annual Wellness Walk at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Comstock House. Last year’s event raised $15,000 and organizers are hoping to achieve that goal or more. Registration is $15 with all proceeds benefiting the Susan P. Wheatlake Women’s Cancer and Wellness Endowment fund. The first 100 registrants will receive a goody bag and Wellness Walk t-shirt.

SPW Center education series

The Susan P. Wheatlake Cancer and Wellness Center is once again hosting its Cancer Awareness Series Tuesday. This month’s speaker is Brenda Dulaney-Connell, women’s health coordinator at Gerber Memorial Medical Center. Wellness center volunteer Lynn Scheible says she will discuss cancer challenges. Registration begins at 5:45 p.m. and the lecture will start at 6 p.m.

More care for local cancer patients

Spectrum Health Crossroads Radiation Therapy Center in Reed City and the Paradise Salon of Reed City will host “look good…feel better,” a program for women in the community undergoing cancer treatment from 4-6 p.m. today. Corie Rectenwald, community program manager for the American Cancer Society, says this program helps cancer patients meet new people and is a self-esteem booster. For more information on the program, call Spectrum at 832-5817.

Colorectal cancer month

There were roughly 5,020 new cases of colon cancer in Michigan in 2009 and about 1,130 deaths from the disease. This month, the American Cancer Society is encouraging men and women 50 and older to make getting tested for colorectal cancer a priority. Vicki Rakowski, COO of the ACS Great Lakes Division, says colorectal cancer screening, or tests, are easy and could save your life. Michigan’s colorectal screening rate is at 66.3 percent compared to the national average of 59 percent.

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