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Block Out Cancer Boosted by Area Schools

Mott's Lisa Munch, Dr. Rajen Mody, and Dr. Erika Newman accept the proceeds of the Hartland Go Gold charity football game from event organizer Kathy Farhat-Tomaszewski and sponsors Kathleen Anderson and Joe Parker.

Students, teachers, parents, and friends in the community painted their faces, sold T-shirts, and participated in relays.

They baked cupcakes and cookies, formed fundraising teams, and gathered to cheer on their local high school football and soccer teams. They made personal donations, posted social media videos, and shared stories about friends and family with cancer. And they helped to make this year’s Block Out Cancer campaign the most successful yet.

The 2018 campaign to raise funds for pediatric cancer research at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital saw an outpouring of participation and support from schools and student groups throughout the state.

Their efforts helped to engage their communities and generate a significant portion of the $191,528 total raised for Block Out Cancer this year. That is an increase of more than $58,000 from the 2017 campaign.

Mott patient and Block Out Cancer ambassador Vara Gordon (left) with her mom, Emily, and Charles Washington of the Detroit Lions, at Wyandotte Roosevelt's charity football game.

Some of the highlights and exciting Block Out Cancer events led by schools in local communities:

  • K-12 students from Hartland Consolidated Schools partnered with the Hartland community to raise $37,706 through the Hartland Go Gold and Hartland Strong for Mott events.
  • Wyandotte Roosevelt High School’s DECA program selected Block Out Cancer as its annual philanthropy project and raised $20,643 through T-shirt sales and an annual community service football game.
  • Ann Arbor Clague Middle School students participated in an afternoon of health-related events, including a school-wide relay, Zumba, yoga, and presentations from community members. This was the school’s fourth year hosting activities to support Block Out Cancer. Clague raised $4,382, more than doubling the school’s total from last year.
  • Warren De La Salle High School hosted a group of “Catholics vs. Cancer” soccer games that featured varsity, junior varsity, and alumni teams facing off against Birmingham Brother Rice. The event raised $17,845 in its inaugural year.
  • Michigan State University’s Delta Gamma sorority raised $25,000 for Block Out Cancer. This was the group’s third year supporting pediatric cancer research at Mott.
  • Ann Arbor Skyline High School raised $400 through homecoming week activities that directed proceeds to Block Out Cancer.

Every year during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital holds its Block Out Cancer campaign to raise awareness and support to advance research, treatments, and cures for kids with cancer.

The campaign encourages generous donors, volunteers, and community groups to get involved by forming their own fundraising teams, attending events, joining social media efforts, or showing their support in other fun and creative ways.

To learn more about Block Out Cancer, visit