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The Game for a Cure 2011 check presentation, from left to right: in front row, Erin Reese-Burks, Cathy Schlaff, Dr. Judie Goodman, Mary Jo Fisher-Malloy, Vicki O'Grady; in back row, Kim Kneisel, Susan Stempke, Mary McElgunn, Kathy Courtney and Cathy Campbell. Photo submitted (click for larger version)
June 22, 2011 - Ohana truly describes the Clarkston Lacrosse family. The word, from the Hawaiian culture, means family either blood-related, adoptive or intentional and emphasize family bound together.

Together the Clarkston Lacrosse program and the community have made a difference. It was evident when a check for $9,000 from he Game for a Cure event was given to the Cancer Research Program at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO).

During a reception on June 14 at SJMO, hospital administrators, doctors, program directors and research nurses were speechless and in awe of the significant donation Clarkston Lacrosse provided.

The donation will be used to support patients enrolled in clinical research trials to overcome financial barriers and improve their quality of life. For example, the funds will allow a patient who does not have the resources to pay for a follow-up mammogram to receive the test. Gift cards and certificates will also be given to patients to enjoy while undergoing treatment.

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"Thank you to everyone who made the 2011 Game for a Cure event such a success," said Clarkston Lacrosse players and family. "We're looking forward to next year! OHANA!"

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