Clinton County Prepares For 20th Annual Relay For Life

By Jonathon Chun
Clinton County Chatter

On May 15, Clinton County will walk, run and have fun as they celebrate those who have fought cancer, remember those lost their lives it, and take action against the deadly disease. The Relay For Life of Clinton County will be held at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in St. Johns. Since 1985, Relay For Life has raised over $3 billion for cancer studies, and more than 5,000 communities host the event every year, according to the American Cancer Society. This will mark the 20th year that Clinton County has hosted the event.

Holt's Relay for Life

By Marlee Delaney
Holt Journal staff writer

Holt’s Relay for Life is looking for people to participate in this annual cancer fundraiser June 21-22 at Holt High School. Relay for Life celebrates survivors, remembers those who have lost their battle and raises funds to stop a disease that continues to take far too many lives. The relay is a team event that lasts 24 hours. Because cancer never sleeps, it is required for at least one team member to be walking on the track at all times. Deaths due to Cancer | Infographics
American Cancer Society representative Sarah Evitts said Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s largest fundraiser.

Oak wilt is killing Michigan oak trees

By: Lia Kananipuamaeole Kamana
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

Michigan oak trees don’t have to worry just about getting cleared out for the construction of neighborhoods, homes, businesses and schools anymore. These days an oak tree’s biggest concern is a fungus known as oak wilt that constricts the water-conducting vessels. According to Steve Martinko of Michigan Organic Tree Care, the first kind of infection occurs in the leaves and spreads through the branches, trunks and roots.  

“The roots take the pathogen and disperse the infection like cancer,” said Martinko. Once oak wilt infects a tree, there is no cure and the best thing to do is start protecting nearby trees from getting infected.

New holiday on the East Lansing calendar

By Daniele Owens
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

East Lansing City Council passed a proclamation recognizing that July 17 is National Cancer Survivor Day honoring the survivors and fighters of cancer. East Lansing City Clerk Nicole Evans said that city officials passed the proclamation because they wanted to  show support for making people aware and educate them about cancer. “East Lansing is a close-knit community and we support our residents and each other,” said Evans. Sharolyn Gonzalez, the outreach manager of Sparrow Hospital Cancer Center, and a uterus and breast cancer survivor, said that she is happy that East Lansing is participating in the joyous celebration. “There have been great strides made,” she said.

Local residents rally against cancer

By Tyler Hendon
Holt Journal staff writer

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.