LANSING, Mich. — Today, hope for a smoother, brighter recovery was given to those battling cancer in Greater Lansing as Conquest Fitness presented a check for $2,500 to the McLaren Greater Lansing Foundation. Conquest Fitness went beyond awareness and took action during Cancer Awareness Month to raise funds for cancer care at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital.
Cancer Awareness Month takes place every year during October and aims to raise awareness of the disease. In Michigan, more than 62,000 people are estimated to be diagnosed with cancer in 2021, according to Cancer Statistics Center.
“Cancer is a vicious disease, and nearly all of us are affected by it at some point in our lives,” said Lynn Griffor vice president of the McLaren Greater Lansing Foundation. “We’re touched Conquest Fitness and its patrons so generously came together to bring hope to the lives of over 1,000 people McLaren Greater Lansing treats in our Karmanos Cancer Institute each year.”
Griffor went on to explain a gift of this size would help the hospital provide financial assistance, gas and groceries to those being treated at McLaren. This gift of money will allow patients to receive care packages as they begin their journey toward survivorship.
Conquest Fitness has a mission to be “life-ready,” and raising money to fight cancer in Greater Lansing is just one way the organization is working toward that mission.
“My partners and I are always looking for ways to help people in the Lansing area become life-ready and improve their health and wellness beyond the doors of Conquest Fitness,” said Andre Hutson, former professional basketball player and co-owner of Conquest Fitness.
“As a member of the McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital board, I hear about the health care battles people are fighting every day. Cancer is one of the most devastating diseases there is. We raised this money to help make the fight against cancer as painless and hopeful as possible.”
Griffor said donations like the one from Conquest Fitness are vital for providing the hospital and patients with the latest health care technology, amenities to make hospital stays more comfortable for patients and more.
“As the fundraising arm of the hospital, we raise money to make vital purchases for the hospital that wouldn’t otherwise be possible,” Griffor said. “For instance, we often use donations to purchase new pieces of lifesaving technology or buy artwork and other things that make your hospital stay a little brighter and more comfortable. These types of things make a world of difference in people’s paths to recovery and wouldn’t be possible without the incredible support from donors in our community.
“The foundation accepts gifts of all sizes and types. Our donors often like to give to specific causes that are near and dear to their hearts. We’re happy to accommodate that and are beyond grateful for the support of the community however it comes,” Griffor continued. “Because of our generous supporters, we have been able to provide hope, comfort and world-class care for our patients and their families.”
To learn more about the McLaren Greater Lansing Foundation and how you can donate the hospital or a specific health-related cause, visit mglcampaignforcare.com.