Pictured, from left, are Suzanne Klein and Joan Sheridan from Knit Michigan with Rep. Genetski and Nathan Smith Larry Gonzalez from DC Strong of Plainwell at the Capitol on Tuesday Sept. 30.

DC Strong welcomed to capitol

State Rep Bob Genetski welcomed two cancer victim support groups, DC Strong and Knit Michigan, to the 2014 fall meeting of the Michigan Cancer Caucus consisting of members of the legislature from both parties and chambers.

“The caucus is a time for us to come together, regardless of what side of the aisle we are normally on and learn about fighting cancer, an issue that I am sure has affected us all one way or another,” said Genetski.

DC Strong, of Plainwell was founded by a close group of friends to show support throughout their school and community for Dustan Colyer, a five-time Wilm’s tumor kidney cancer survivor. The DC Strong foundation took off and has continued to assist children fighting cancer through fellowship, family support, spiritual healing and financial gifts.

Knit Michigan, based in Oakland County and staffed entirely by volunteers, specializes in creating “comfort items,” such as chemo caps, blankets, pillows and teddy bears for individuals battling cancer, and raises funds to donate to five regional cancer organizations.

“It was wonderful to be able to showcase the hard work and dedication of these two organizations that have committed their efforts to help ease the suffering of Michigan residents battling cancer,” Genetski said. “My colleagues and I want to thank DC Strong and Knit Michigan for joining us and inspiring us in showing no one should have to battle cancer alone.”
 

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