Game On Cancer Kids Club: Family Night with the Detroit Pistons

March 27, 2019
Pistons Event DETROIT – The Game On Cancer Kid’s Club will host Shooting Stars: Kid's Club Family Night at 7 p.m. on April 9, 2019 at Little Caesars Arena as the Detroit Pistons take on the Memphis Grizzlies. The event is open to members of the Game On Cancer Kid’s Club – a group for school-aged kids who have a parent, sibling, or close relative with cancer. There is no cost to join the Game On Cancer Kid’s Club.

The April 9 event will include a pizza dinner with the Pistons mascot, Hooper, a halftime shout-out on the jumbotron to Kid’s Club members and their families, and an opportunity to go on the Pistons home court after the game and shoot a basket. Kid’s Club events are fun experiences for kids who, at a young age, are already facing a challenging time in their lives.

“A cancer diagnosis in the family – whether a parent, sibling or close relative – can sometimes cause children to feel socially isolated,” said Mary Jane Vogt, senior vice president and chief development officer, Henry Ford Health System. “By being part of the Kid’s Club, the kids gain a supportive network of families who are in a similar situation and understand what they are feeling. Kid’s Club events are opportunities to gather and have fun despite those challenges.”

The Game On Cancer Kids Club is made possible with support from Superior Ambulance and the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.  

“The Children’s Hospital Michigan Foundation is delighted to be partnering with the Henry Ford Health System on the Game On Cancer Kid’s Club,” said Lawrence J. Burns, president & CEO, Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation. “Our support has helped make this successful program be even more impactful. It is our hope that our partnership with Henry Ford Health System continues for many years.”

Each member of the Game on Cancer Kid’s Club receives a “toolkit”—a drawstring backpack with resources and fun items like a coloring book, baseball hat, and gift card for a family activity intended to alleviate anxiety and promote bonding. Game on Cancer also provides day camps and other fun outings for children and siblings of cancer patients, along with their families.

Now in its fifth year, Game On Cancer has raised more than $4 million over the program’s lifetime, thanks to the support of donors and fundraiser participants. Game on Cancer directs 100 percent of funds raised to the program’s mission, which is to provide a platform for funding groundbreaking research, enhancing patient care by alleviating barriers or burdens, and by supporting clinical programs that allow for best-in-class cancer care.

For more information about the Game On Cancer Kid’s Club or this event, visit our website at henryford.com/kidsclub, or email GOCKidsClub@hfhs.org
 
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 MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Adkins / jadkins6@hfhs.org / (586) 307-2027