At MBC we’re dedicated to making a positive impact in our communities by helping individuals and families in need. We do this through our commitment to help support charities that make a huge impact in the lives of many throughout our Michigan communities. One of the ways we raise money is with Friday Casual Days. Every month MBC employees have the opportunity to pay monies for the privilege of wearing blue jeans or other casual attire on Fridays.
Our spotlight charity for May is Kids Without Cancer.
Founded as Leukemia, Research, Life (LRL) in 1981 and renamed Kids Without Cancer in 2011, this remarkable organization has, for thirty years, been raising money to fund the pediatric cancer research being done at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and its affiliates Wayne State University and the Karmanos Cancer Institute. In fact, this organization is proud to be the largest contributor of funds to pediatric cancer research at Children’s Hospital of all charities solely dedicated to funding cancer research.
The organization was founded by a small group of concerned parents with one thing in common: they had children in cancer treatment at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. At that time only about 50% of kids diagnosed with cancer would survive.
Unwilling to sit idly by while their children suffered, these parents agreed to work together to help find a cure. They harnessed their collective energies and began raising funds for the dedicated doctors and researchers doing cutting-edge research at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. To speak directly to one of these founding members you need only attend one of their events or a monthly membership meeting – they are still very actively involved in running the organization and raising funds.
Thanks to research the survival rates for many childhood cancers have improved dramatically. Back in 1981 half of all kids diagnosed with cancer would die from the disease. Today the average survival rate is nearly 80%. We have come a long way but there is still a lot of work to be done. The organization will not rest until a cure is found.
Mission: To eradicate childhood cancer by funding the cutting-edge research being done at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, together with its affiliates Wayne State University and the Karmanos Cancer Institute.