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2017

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SCHOLARSHIP 2017

Michelle Lunn Hope Memorial Scholarship Announcement: Applications are now being considered for the 2017/18 academic year. To qualify, applicants must have been diagnosed with a blood cancer or have (or had) an *immediate family member whom they live with, who was diagnosed with a blood cancer. Applicants must either be a full time student (or have been accepted) in a College, University or Technical Trade School located within the State of Michigan. All interested, qualified students are encouraged to apply. A completed application, a current letter of recommendation, and a current unofficial transcript must be submitted by May 07, 2017. Full eligibility requirements/more info and application can be found on website.  Scholarship

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Soup Prize 2017

Saturday March 11, 2017
Time: 4PM-7PM
Guest House-

FLYER

*** Chefs wanting to enter please call (616-682-0678) or email Sue

 

2016

VAI Donation

Remembering Dr. Art Alberts

The world lost a wonderful man and brilliant cancer researcher this year to brain cancer.  We worked with Dr. Albert’s of the VAI and helped fund his per-cancerous cell study for 4 years.  We will miss him and all he did for cancer patients.  Obituary

 

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A $25,000 Donation was made to the Van Andel Institute to be used for cancer research.  The check was presented to Mrs. Carol Van Andel on November 9, 2016.  We also received a tour and learned about new and upcoming research projects that are in the works.

 

 

Joe Richie Mike John MLHope golfGolf Outing September 18, 2016 Website

Thanks to all our sponsors, prize donors, golfers and volunteers.  We had fantastic  weather and a successful fundraiser thanks in part to all our supporters!  Over $30,000 was raised.

 

 

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John Worm, AML Survivor

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Megan Heeringa, AML Survivor

Scholarship Winner Announced;

We will be presenting each of these students with a $3000 scholarship award on August 13th, at the Ada Covered Bridge.

 

facebook picStrike Out Chris’ Cancer-
Thanks to everyone who came out and supported Chris we were able to raise over $6500 for Chris.

Sunday, June 12, 2016; Clique Lanes, 533 Stocking Ave. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504
1-4 pm $25 for adults/$10 for kids under 13
Includes bowling, shoe rental, taco bar, soda, and door prizes.  Also cash bar, 50/50, Roll a strike, silent auctions.

 

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Scholarship Announcement

Michelle Lunn Hope Memorial Scholarship Announcement: Applications are now being considered for the 2016/17 academic year. To qualify, applicants must have been diagnosed with a blood cancer or have (or had) an *immediate family member whom they live with, who was diagnosed with a blood cancer. Applicants must either be a full time student (or have been accepted) in a College, University or Technical Trade School located within the State of Michigan. All interested, qualified students are encouraged to apply. A completed application, a current letter of recommendation, and a current unofficial transcript must be submitted by May 15, 2016. Full eligibility requirements/more info and application can be found on website.  Scholarship

 

Soup Prize 2016

Soup Prize 2016

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, March 19, 2016
TIME: 4:00-7:00

NEW LOCATION:
The Guest House,
638 Stocking Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Thanks to everyone who came out and either prepared or sampled a soup.  We have a great turn out, raised over $3500 and have 20 Chefs competing. For winners and pictures go to
Soup Prize 2016

2015

VAI Donation

VAI Donation

Check Presentation to VAI

On November 20, 2015 a group representing the Michelle Marie Lunn Hope Foundation contributed $25,000 to ongoing research at the Alberts Laboratory at VanAndel Insititute (VAI) which studies cancer.  Specifically, the architecture of individual cells as they move, grow, divide, and reprogram during development, neoplasia, and in responses to injury, infection, and age. They seek to understand how cell structure defects contribute to disease acquisition and progression.

 

Joe Sedlecky's hole in one shot 9/20/15 Scott Lake Country Club GOLD # 2 170 yds.

Joe Sedlecky’s hole in one shot 9/20/15 Scott Lake Country Club GOLD # 2 170 yds.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 8th Annual Golf Outing September 20, 2015
What a truly marvelous day we had. The weather was suburb, we had a full course of golfers from all over the US, dedicated and hard working volunteers, and extremely generous sponsors & prize donors to all make our event a huge success. One of this years scholarship winners, Megan Herringa spoke about how our foundation helped her with some of her schooling costs. Shortly after our shotgun start, on his first shot of the day Joe Sedlecky (committee & golf committee member and Michelle’s godfather) hit his first ever hole in one on hole Gold #2.  This hole was sponsored by Honeywell and allowed Joe to receive a prize of $2500 splitting the other $2500 with our foundation. Joe earlier in the day gave his sister (Sue) a birthday card telling her for her gift he would try his hardest to get a hole in one to give the $$ to our foundation in memory of Michelle….what are the odds. We finished the day with a delicious steak dinner, and gave away many great prizes thanks in part to all our prize donors. We are so excited to announce we raised 29,490.31 for  our outing. We will be presenting Van Andel Institute a check going towards critically needed research and will continue to give away scholarships, and financial assistance to patients in need (cash and gas cards). Thank you to everyone who had a part in our successful outing

 

winners_2 Congratulations to Megan and Austin this years 2015 Scholarship Winners. The presentation took place on Saturday July 18, 2015 at the Ada Covered Bridge.  The committee welcome the two winners and presented them with each a $3000 check for college expenses.  For more info please visit: Award Winners 

 

 

Winners_red SOUP PRIZE : Thank you to everyone who came out to Soup Prize 2015 at Polish Falcons Hall on Saturday, March 28th.   We had a great turnout with 19 chefs competing.  Julie Paas with her Mushroom Brie Soup took 1st place in Judges choice. Becky Volpe was the People’s Choice Winner with her Creamy Italian Wedding Soup. Becky Volpe also took top honors as our nights “Souper Star” raising the most money in tips.  We raised over $2600 that will help local blood cancer patients.  For more info.

Scholarship Announcement: Applications are now being considered for the 2015/16 academic year. To qualify, applicants must have been diagnosed with a blood cancer or have (or had) an *immediate family member whom they live with, who was diagnosed with a blood cancer. Applicants must either be a full time student (or have been accepted) in a College, University or Technical Trade School located within the State of Michigan. All interested, qualified students are encouraged to apply. A completed application, a current letter of recommendation, and a current unofficial transcript must be submitted by May 10, 2015. Full eligibility requirements/more info and application can be found on website. http://www.mlhope.org/scholarship15

2014

  Radio Podcast-

“Event Essentials” a radio broadcast talking all about the Michelle Lunn Hope Foundation, highlighting our fundraising, our supporters and who we benefit.  (broadcasted on 9/15/14- aired 10/21/14)

 

 

 

 

 

  Donation Made;

A donation in the amount of $21,500 was made to the Van Andel Institute for Dr. Albert’s   per-cancerous cell study. This made the total donation this year to $25,000.  We were pleased to be part of the Purple Community where 100 % of the money donated will get put towards future cures and new discoveries in Cancers.

 

1st place team: Brzyzki

7th Annual Michelle Lunn HOPE Charity Golf Outing

Thanks to everyone who participated in this years golf outing on Sunday, September 14th at Scott Lake Country Club.  We sold out once again and had great weather for our event .  Thank you to everyone who sponsored our event, or donated prizes for our auction/raffle or golfers.  We are extremely blessed to have such great supporters.  Click  here for a full list of our supporters:  We raised over $25,600.  We also could not have done it without the help of all our dedicated volunteers.

Sponsors  Prize donors and Donations  Golf Pictures  Team Pictures

 

Thanks to one of our youngest donors!

Brianna, one of our youngest supporters graciously held a sale at her neighborhood “Arts & Crafts” sale  in which half of her proceeds will be donated to our foundation.  This is not the first time Brianna has held a sale for our foundation.  We truly appreciate her dedication in helping us so we can help those who need our support after their blood cancer diagnosis.  Brianna’s father has been diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukmeia (CML) and has been in remission for several years.  So, it doesn’t matter how old you are, or how much you are able to donate….you can be assured what we receive, we will donate back to help others.

 

ON THE BORDER BENEFIT

Thanks to everyone who attended our “On the Border” Benefit on, Monday, July 21, 2014 at either the Grandville or Woodland Mall locations for lunch, dinner, or take-out . Thank you also to people who were unable to attend but still donated money towards this.  This benefit took place on the 7th anniversary of Michelle’s death.  By participating you helped us remember Michelle and helped us raise money for patients suffering from a blood cancer in our area.  To date we do not know the amount that was raised.

 

Kelly, 2014 Scholarship Winner

We are pleased to announce this year’s winner of the  MLHOPE scholarship award. Kelly was awarded $3000 at a presentation ceremony on Sunday, July 13th at the Ada Covered Bridge.  At the age of 6 she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Kelly has been a very avid volunteer in her community, a Teen Ambassador through the cancer support community and has been actively involved in non-profit organizations.  She will be a sophomore at Adrian College. Click here to learn more about Kelly.

 

BONE MARROW TESTING

We provided Bone Marrow Testing (Cheek Swabs)  at Brian’s Path of Life Benefit Sunday, April 27, 2014.   Swab testing was done through DKMS who partners with “Be the Match” (National Bone Marrow Registry).  We were able to register 20 new donors that may be able to save a patients life.  Thanks to everyone who attempted to register and those who actually did.   Brian’s Path to Life was a benefit to raise money for costs not covered by insurance for Brian who is undergoing a Bone Marrow Transplant for his (CMML) leukemia. Brian found his match from a stranger who was previously registered on the national bone marrow registry.

 

Donation made to VAI;

A donation was made to the Van Andel Institute on April, 24, 2014 for Blood Cancer Research thanks in part to your generous donations and supporting our fundraising events throughout the years. We were very impressed with the work they are doing with this facility after touring and speaking with Dr. Art Alberts PHD, who heads up the leukemia research program.

 

Pictured from left: Nick Volpe, Deb Blanchard, Scott Heyboer, Jeanne Sedlecky

Soup of Hope Cook-off

Our first ever Soup of Hope cookoff was a huge success raising over $1600.  18 chefs competed to take the reigns to become either the Soup of Hope Top Chef or the Souper Duper Chef of the night on Saturday, March 29th at Polish Falcons Hall.  Two Chefs soups tied for 1st place, but the winner was given to Scott Heyboer’s Black Bean Soup because he brought in the most money in tips. Jeanne Sedlecky’s loaded bake potato, equally as good became our second place winner.  There was also a tie for 3rd.  Deb Blanchard’s Cheesy Broccoli tied against Nick Volpe’s BOOM BOOM chicken Tortilla soup but Deb raised over  $100 in tips so she took 3rd, and Nick followed in 4th place.  Deb was also crowned “Souper Duper Chef” for raising the most money in tips for our foundation. People enjoyed many different types of soup and know one left hungry. Thanks to everyone who cooked or sampled soups, and all our volunteers bakers, and in kind donors.  Pictures .  For more information of a complete list of our Chefs that competed click here.

 

2013

November Gas Card Donations

 This November (month of Michelle’s birthday) thru March 2014, we will be distributing $2000 worth of gas cards to blood cancer patients.  If you know of someone who  is in need of one please contact us at contact@mlhope.org.

 

6th Annual Golf Outing

Our 6th Annual Golf Outing took place on September 15th at Scott Lake Country Club in Comstock Park, MI.  Our event had a wonderful turnout selling out once again will 36 teams (144 golfers) and over 25 volunteers. We were able to raise over $29,000 which will help fund more research, and help local families with their financial needs due to their diagnosis. Thank you to everyone who participated, sponsored, donated or volunteered at our outing.  This outing could not have been so successful without the help of so many generous people.

 Raffle

Congratulations to Mike M of Cascade, MI the winner of the Cedar Strip kayak (donated by Craig Schilhaneck of Journey Boat Works). The winning ticket was drawn on Oct. 5 at the Light the Night walk celebration by Craig.  Craig is a two time blood cancer survivor and Mike (winner) of Cascade Rental has been a huge supporter of our foundation.  For more information on our prizes and winners click here: Raffle Winners

Scholarship Winners Announced:

We are pleased to announce our winners for this year’s 2013 Michelle Lunn Hope Memorial Scholarships: Jack Pfeiffer of Otsego, Kelly Dziekan of Brighton, and Nathan Tubergen of Hamilton. Each recipient was awarded $1000.  Click here more information about our recipients.   Scholarship Presentation was held on Sunday, July 21st at Ada Covered Bridge.  Congratulations to 3 deserving students who know what it is like to have lived with a blood cancer.

 Donation made to VAI;

A donation was made to the Van Andel Institute on March, 29, 2013 for Blood Cancer Research thanks in part to your generous donations and supporting our fundraising events throughout the years. We toured this research facility and was very impressed at the work they are doing in cancer research.

 

2012
We are pleased to announce the 2012 winners of the Michelle Lunn Hope Memorial Scholarships:

Nicholas Flory, a recent graduate from Forest Hills Northern HS, who will be attending MSU in the fall is a deserving student who’s mother was diagnosis with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and was away from home for a long period getting a bone marrow transplant while he was attending High School. Nicholas was accepted into the MSU Honors programs where he plans to pursue a Engineering Degree.

Leah Nawrocki, is a 2010 Catholic Central Graduate, who has been attending Aquinas College and pursuing a Psychology/Spanish Degree. Leah was diagnosis with acute lymphoblastic Leukemia when she was a child and now is cancer free. She is making a difference by volunteering, being a mentor and hopes to use her Spanish speaking skills to aid children with a language barrier get through difficult situations. She has been a recent spokesperson for the LLS Pennies for Patients program, volunteered at DeVos Children’s Hospital, Gilda’s Club, an has been a tutor for the Big Brother/Big Sister Program.

Please help us congratulate both our deserving scholarship winners!  For article:

 

White Caps Night – Our foundation was the charitable organization for the night on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at the Fifth Third Ballpark- during the White Caps Baseball game.  We sold 50/50 tickets throughout the night.  We also had a table behind home plate that showed people what we are all about and what we do for our community.  Special thanks to all our volunteers that braved the chilly temps and windy weather during the game to sell tickets.  Though the crowds were light and White Caps didn’t pull off a win our foundation was successful in selling over $1000 worth of tickets that night.  We were also the first group to use the new raffle equipment and our volunteers picked it up in no time.  After the 7th inning the winning ticket was announced which was : A43119.  We are appreciative to the White Caps for giving us the opportunity to participate in the raffle.

The  5th Annual Michelle Lunn Hope Golf Outing was a huge success thanks to the over 175 participants and volunteers who attended our event.  The weather was awesome and we sold out this event.  We were able to raise over $24,000 which will go towards research, local financial assistance, scholarships and other causes that help benefit patients and their families .  We want to thank all thesponsors of our event, golfers, prize donors and our volunteers for making this one of our best golf events ever.  We couldn’t have done it without you.  For more details and photo link please visit our past event golf  page.

 

2011

Thank you to everyone who came out and joined team Shellbells for this years Light the Night Walk in Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday Oct. 1, 2011. The weather was perfect for the two and a half mile walk on the banks of the grand river.  Our teams efforts help raised $27,720.56  this year (to date) for  the LLS which funds critically needed research that will find cures and better treatments for patients. We were the #1 Friends and Family fundraising team in the whole state of Michigan once again!   Donations are still being taken if you have not already donated and wish to.  To Donate

 

The  4th Annual Michelle Lunn Hope Golf Outing was a huge success thanks to the over 170 participants and volunteers who attended our event.  The weather was awesome with the temps in the low 70’s and abundance sunshine.  We were able to raise over $21,000 which will benefit the Light the Night walk in October.  We want to thank all the sponsors of our event, golfers, prize donors and our volunteers for making this one of our best golf events ever.  We couldn’t have done it without you.  For more details and photo link please visit our golf  page.

 

July 21, 2011- On the Border Benefit

Thank you to everyone who attended or donated to our On the Border Benefit Day, we raised $889 which will help the lives of those suffering from a blood cancer. It was great to see so many supporters come out to help us raise awareness and funds for our mission.


2011 Scholarship Winner

July 16, 2011-

Scholarship Announcement

We are pleased to announce Jennifer Milan, age 19 and a Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivor as this years winner of our memorial scholarship award.  For more pictures visit our Scholarship page.


 

 

 

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Antibody-guided drug works against acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Phase II study shows 61 percent response rate for patients with resistant or recurrent disease

For full article click here

HOUSTON — An antibody packaged with a potent chemotherapy drug to selectively destroy acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cells eradicated or greatly reduced the disease for 61 percent of 46 patients in a phase II study. It will be presented at the 47th annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago June 3-7.

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Light the Night Walk (Grand Rapids/Lake Shore)

Date: Saturday Oct. 1, 2011

Location: Downtown YMCA (David D Hunting Branch)

Registration: 5:30   Walk Starts at 7PM
2010 Team SHELLBELLS

  • 2010 Results Team Shellbells once again was the #1 fundraising team in Michigan – we beat all friends and family as well as all Corporate teams. We raised over $26,000. That is awesome!
  • 2009 Results9 Team Shellbells was #1 fundraising team in Michigan – we beat all friends and family as well as all Corporate teams. We raised $24,000. Way to go Shellbells!

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Press Release – August 31, 2009 -(PDF)

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Mike Lunn – MLFH, Randy Holt – Franklin Holwerda, John Sedlecky – NAPA

The 2nd Annual Michelle Lunn Hope Charity Golf Outing was recently held at Scott Lake Country Club, Comstock Park, MI.  In a combined effort through our generous vendors, enthusiastic volunteers and dedicated local businesses, the team was able to raise over $15,000 for the Michelle Marie Lunn Hope Foundation (MLHF).  NAPA and Franklin Holwerda Company were this years cosponsors for the event.  This was by far, the most successful charity tournament to date for team ‘Shell Bells’ which participates in and sponsors various fundraising activities.  The next event is the annual fundraiser Light the Night Walk benefitting Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

Why does MLHF choose to support the LLS? Because when parents are told that their child is seriously ill, life stops. LLS provides support for those affected by blood cancers and funds many research projects to cure these diseases.  Michelle Lunn, 22 years old died in 2007 during a brief 38 day battle with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL).  During her time at the hospital she said, that when she had beat this thing, she would help little children with this disease.  Her friends and family have taken up her call and are relentless in the pursuit of a cure.  In 1981 someone her age would have had a 30% chance of being alive five years after being diagnosed and in 2007 she had a 52% chance due to research and new technologies.

 

1st Place Winners – Todd Potter, Wayne Czarnecki, Devin Decator, Doug Burgress

1st Place Winners – Todd Potter, Wayne Czarnecki, Devin Decator, Doug Burgress

The success of the MLHF and LLS would not be possible without generous supporters. Please walk with us in the Light the Night Walk on October 10, 2009 in downtown Grand Rapids.

The 3rd Annual Golf Outing is scheduled for September 19th, 2010 at Scott Lake Country Club.  Additional information regarding the 2010 event will be posted at http://www.llsgolf.org in the near future.