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Put Cancer on the Ropes fights for children
A hospital is hosting a boxing fundraiser with local celebrities to knock out cancer one punch at a time.
Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital's event is this Friday in Grand Rapids at 7 p.m. at the West River Hall at The DeltaPlex arena.
Put Cancer on the Ropes will benefit the pediatric hematology and oncology program at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. The pediatric hospital partnered with the Michigan Golden Gloves Association, a youth sport organization in Grand Rapids, for the celebrity boxing event.
Devin Pierson, development coordinator at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, said it’s great to have the whole community come out and support the hospital at the family friendly event.
“It is just a really unique event. It is not your typical golf outing or gala, and it is something everyone can attend,” Pierson said.
At the ring
The event will feature several of local celebrities boxing: Casey Jones, the weekend sports anchor at WOOD TV 8; Dan Harland, sports anchor at WZZM TV 13; Corey Olsen, sports reporter and photographer for MLive.com and The Grand Rapids Press; Shmitty, from 104.5 WSNX FM; and Bob Kaser, voice of the Grand Rapids Griffins.
During the fundraiser, a signed New York Jets game-day jersey from Grand Rapids native David Harris will be auctioned to raise funds for the hematology and oncology program.
The event will also include a group of judges for the matches: George Heartwell, mayor of Grand Rapids; Luke Glendening, from the Detroit Red Wings; and Dr. James Fahner, division chief of hematology and oncology at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.
A bleacher general admission ticket to the event is $15, and a VIP ticket is $100, to view the event from a table with appetizers.
There are also several sponsorship packages being sold as part of the event.
Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital has 212 patient beds and more than 200 pediatric physicians providing care across multiple programs, including pediatric cancer and pediatric blood disorder services, as well as bone marrow and stem cell transplants.