Local residents rally against cancer

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By Tyler Hendon
Holt Journal staff writer

Cancer Action Network volunteer, Tina Voss.

On Feb 18, The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network had its third Annual “I’m getting married in the morning” Murder Mystery Dinner at Charlar Place in Holt. The purpose of the dinner was to raise money for the Cancer Action Network.


Tina Voss, a committed Cancer Action Network volunteer, was one of the organizers of the Murder Mystery Dinner this year and last year. She sets very high standards for these events.

“Every $20 ticket we sell goes to the Cancer Action Network. We are looking to raise  $4,000 tonight,” Voss said.

Voss has been meeting with people to talk about cancer. She has traveled to Washington to talk to legislators about cancer prevention.

Voss was also a part of the “Relay for Life” of Holt, which was earlier this month. Voss described the event as fun and supportive.

“Relay for Life is a 24-hour event. People walked the Holt High School track. Plenty of people in the Lansing area gave up time to support the American Cancer Society,” Voss said.

Voss has a deep desire to prevent cancer and help those who are suffering from it.

“I actually lost my mother to cancer in 2006,” she said.

Voss isn’t alone in her humanitarian efforts. She is joined by Kelly Powell, who has worked as director of the American Cancer Society’s Mid Michigan Office for five years. One can easily see her love for helping others when she talks about her job.

“I am really passionate about non-profit (organizations). I enjoy helping people,” she said.

Director of the American Cancer Society's Mid Michigan Office, Kelly Powell.

Powell has been a part of the dinner for all three years. Powell was joined by part-time actor, Crystal Collins.

Collins was one of the performers at the dinner. She played the “Mother of the Groom” in the show. When asked about her acting experience, she made light of it.

“I don’t have any real acting experience” she joked. “I just enjoy interacting with young people and helping out,” she said.

Collins believes that the American Cancer Society is a great organization to support.

“The ACS and CSN has taken care of things for people who have been affected by cancer,” Collins said.

Collins is the epitome of someone whose life has been touched by cancer. Sadly, Collins has lost several family members to cancer including both her mother and father. Even though she has been through adversity because of cancer, she is still willing to talk about her experiences and support non-profits like ACS and CAN.


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