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March 19, 2007

Eat a delicious brunch, help cancer patients Spring to Life

U-Mís annual event will include brunch, flower displays, and patient art

ANN ARBOR, MI – It isn’t every day that you can eat an amazing meal, buy beautiful flower arrangements, and support cancer patients all at once. Fortunately, the University of Michigan’s Spring to Life benefit on March 25 allows you to do just that. It’s just another reason to love Michigan in the springtime (The University of, that is).

flowersSponsored by U-M’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, the annual event features a brunch by top local chefs, such as Craig Common from the Common Grill, Antoinette Benjamin from Food for all Seasons, Dan Huntsbarger from Dan’s River Grill and Tom Guffy from Loving Spoonful. Continuing with the spring theme, Tom Thompson Flowers is providing beautiful plants and flower arrangements, which will be on display and available for purchase to benefit the Cancer Center.

Patients’ art will also be on display at the event, showcasing their personal journeys and experiences with cancer.

“The Spring to Life brunch is really our signature fundraising event to support programs and research at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center,” says Julaine LeDuc, senior events manager at the Cancer Center. “We celebrate the advances we’ve made and the important support of individuals and community partners in our fight against cancer. Every member of the community can help us raise funds in this critical fight.”

Spring to Life focuses on raising money to help ensure that as many cancer patients as possible will reach the spring stage in their journey through cancer. Proceeds will benefit priority needs in both innovative research and patient and family care needs throughout the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center. In 2006 the benefit raised approximately $100,000 towards Patient Support Services, which provides programs such as Cancer Nutrition Services, Child and Family Life, and the Grief and Loss Program.

The Spring to Life benefit will be held March 25, from noon to 3 p.m. in the Morris Lawrence Building of Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor. Ticket prices begin at $125/person, and a portion of the cost is tax-deductible. Reservations are requested.

For more information on the event and registration, visit the Web site at or call Julaine LeDuc at 734-998-6895.


Written by: Marissa Mann


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