Press Release, July 28, 2020 – Lions Expanding Help for UP Kids With Cancer
Upper Peninsula Lions are reaching out to help families with children who are battling cancer. Two fundraisers have raised more than $15,500—all of which will go directly to assist families.
Graymont Community and Economic Development Fund announced on Tuesday, July 28, that it is awarding a grant of $7500 to the District 10 Lions Pediatric Cancer Program. And in a separate initiative, three Lions clubs raised $8,172 through the efforts of the Marquette, Gwinn, and Engadine-Newberry Lions clubs that collected, counted, and sorted over 80,000 returnable cans.
Christine A. Smith of Engadine, the District 10 Lions Pediatric Cancer Chairman, says she is delighted with these results. Smith says the Lions have identified 10 families across the UP who have children with cancer. She explains that treatment is particularly challenging since there are no pediatric cancer treatment facilities in the UP. Instead, families must plan for sometimes lengthy stays where care is available. She encourages anyone who is a UP resident and has a child with cancer to contact her. With these additional funds, Lions are able to expand their efforts.
Rylan, an Upper Peninsula 4-year-old who is being treated for high-risk neuroblastoma, is one of the children the Lions have helped. His father is very grateful for assistance as Rylan receives treatment at University of Michigan hospitals in Ann Arbor, including surgery, chemotherapy, bone marrow transplants, and more. This treatment requires lengthy hospitalizations, keeping Rylan and his mom away from his father and siblings for months.
Smith explained four ways the newly raised funds will be used. First, donations help meet some of the many costs that insurance does not cover. Second, through a partnership with Bay Cliff Health Facility, Lions will cover expenses for families to participate in a fun family weekend at Camp Quality, May 7 – 9, 2021. Planning for the camp is flexible and will adjust to the changing demands presented by COVID 19. Lions funds will also help provide free wigs for children who have lost hair through chemotherapy. Through a partnership with Maggie’s Wigs4Kids, Lions from across the Upper Peninsula will be reaching out in September, during Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, to encourage donations of hair to make these wigs.
And Lions have partnered with Kids Kicking Cancer, a global organization dedicated to lowering the pain of children by teaching them martial arts as a therapy. Children learn breath work, meditation, and traditional karate. Lions are helping to stock backpacks for participants with books for children ages 2-18, and $5 gift certificates from Target, Meijer and Walmart.
Contact Christine A Smith email@example.com, 313-682-8900.
Check presentation for over $8,000.00 collected from the recent can drive in Marquette for Kids with Cancer presented by District Governor Joe Maki and 2nd Vice District Governor Gretchen Preston along with Lion Floyd from the Marquette Lion’s to Christine Smith – Chairperson of District 10 Childhood Cancer. The recent can drive in Marquette was a huge success!
The District 10 Lions and Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan are joining forces to make a difference for kids in Michigan! We will be kicking off a service project in September which is Pediatric Cancer Awareness month. If you know of an individual who wants to donate their hair or know of a salon or private hairdresser that wants to become a registered Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids salon, please contact us for more information.
District 10 Pediatric Cancer Chairman
Puppy #20,000 has a name!
Say hello to (drum roll please) Future Leader Dog Legacy – the puppy wearing tag #20,000! This adorable Labrador/golden cross was picked up by one of his puppy raisers, Erin, a Leader Dog guide dog mobility instructor (GDMI). Erin will be team-raising Future Leader Dog Legacy along with fellow GDMIs Kate and Eric.
343 people voted with all five names receiving many votes. But the scales were tipped to Legacy by a large number of votes from AAA – The Auto Club Group. “We are huge supporters of Leader Dog, so when we were working from home and saw the opportunity to vote on the name of puppy #20,000, we knew we had to jump on it,” says Megan Williams, Senior Vice President of HR for AAA. “The word ‘legacy’ is important to us because, like Leader Dog, our legacy is one of service. AAA has been a trusted advocate for the American public for over 100 years. Especially during the current national epidemic, we are glad that we bring peace of mind to our members.”
The match has dropped!
Leader Dogs for the Blind is excited to announce our first-ever Lions Spring Match Mail Campaign. It arrived in your club’s mailbox within the past few weeks featuring Lion/client Wendi Simpson-Dyer and her Leader Dog, Lily (pictured right). While club meetings, fund raisers, and conventions have been suspended, our client needs and the care of our canines never take a hiatus.
“We want to pay it forward,” explained St. Jacobs Lions Club (1-CN, IL) President Guideon Richeson of their $20,000 match campaign donation. Combined with Ramsey Lions Club’s (5M-7, MN) pledge of $50,000, our spring mail campaign has a $70,000 goal! Regardless of amount, every donation will provide twice the impact. Thank you to both clubs for their generous support.
Help us meet our goal either via mail or online:
- A remittance slip is in the mailer. If that isn’t available due to meetings cancellations, make sure you write “Lions match campaign” in the memo or with a short correspondence. When mailing in your club’s donation, please include your club’s updated contact information including mailing address, contact phone and email and mail to:
- Leader Dogs for the Blind Attn: Lions Team, 1039 S. Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307
- Gifts received online via this link will count as well! Make your matching gift here.
The 3rd quarter donation reports will arrive in the next two weeks. As always, a complete list of club donations is available on our website.
Together We Serve,
Lions Beth, Mike, Kathleen and Kathy
Your Leader Dog for Lions Engagement
From Leader Dogs For The Blind: Keeping our community safe and healthy
As a member of our Leader Dog and Lions community, I wanted to reach out to you personally regarding the steps we have taken to keep our entire community healthy and safe.
Our Clients, Canines, Volunteers and Staff
We remain committed to providing world-class services and care to our clients and canines. Currently, we have postponed class dates for all international and U.S. clients. Our client services team continues to support client inquiries and assist new clients through the application process. We have communicated with our alumni to let them know we are here for them.
The dogs in our canine development center are still being cared for and trained. Our puppy development and breeding teams are in contact with our volunteer puppy raisers and breeding stock hosts. Return dates for puppy raisers to bring their Future Leader Dogs back to our campus have been postponed. Fortunately, our puppy raisers are quite happy to hold on to their Future Leader Dogs for a bit longer!
Staff and volunteer travel has been suspended through April. This includes travel to Lions’ conventions, meetings and events. The Lions team at Leader Dog is still working… remotely. Call or email us for any Lions’ needs!
You can find a comprehensive update on our current protocols and operations regarding COVID-19 on the Leader Dog website at leaderdog.org/coronavirus. We will continue to provide updates as we navigate this rapidly evolving situation.
Brighten Your Day
Follow Leader Dog on our social media sites for photos and videos of puppies and dogs. They will brighten your day! Share our social media with your family, friends and your fellow Lions. We can all use a little boost these days. We are on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Club Contact Information and Donations
Please take a few minutes to update your club contact information with us. Simply respond to this email (or email Lion Kathy Gilchrist at KGilchrist@LeaderDog.org) with your club name, mailing address, main contact phone and email address. This information allows us to quickly and accurately recognize each club’s good work and continue to provide you with timely updates.
It is important that Leader Dog maintains our revenue stream during this time. So, if your club normally presents their gift at their convention’s parade of green or other event, please forward the donation directly to Leader Dog instead. A complete list of club donations is always available on our website: leaderdog.org/lions-club/club-donation-reports.
When mailing in your check, please include your club’s updated contact information as described above and mail to:
Leader Dogs for the Blind Attn: Lions Team, 1039 S. Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307.
If you need to get in touch with a member of our Lions team, here is their contact information:
- Beth Slade, Director of Philanthropy for Lions Engagement: Beth.Slade@Leaderdog.org, 248-218-6421
- Kathy Gilchrist, Lions Relations Specialist,KGilchrist@Leaderdog.org, 248-659-5012
- Mike Dengate, Lions Engagement Specialist, MDengate@Leaderdog.org, 248-650-7102
- Kathleen Breen, Lions Events and Logistics Specialist, KBreen@Leaderdog.org, 248-218-6407
Thank you for being an important part of the Leader Dog community and for your ongoing support. Together we truly do make people unstoppable!
Lion Sue Daniels
President & CEO
A message from the President & CEO of Leader Dogs for the Blind
As a member of our Leader Dog community, I wanted to reach out to you personally regarding the steps we are taking to keep our entire community healthy and safe.
We are grateful to everyone who has reached out to send warm wishes during this challenging time. Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by COVID-19. The health and safety of our team members, clients, volunteers, supporters and canines is, as always, our top priority as we join organizations around the nation in responding to the current global health challenge.
Please be assured that we have taken proactive steps to maintain the healthiest possible environment here at Leader Dogs for the Blind in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
We remain committed to providing world-class services and care to our clients and canines. Currently, we have postponed class dates for all international clients through April 30. Additionally, for the safety of our U.S. clients and team members, our March classes are postponed until April as we assess the changing situation.
You can find a comprehensive update on our current protocols and operations in regards to COVID-19 on the Leader Dog website at leaderdog.org/coronavirus. We will continue to provide regular updates as we navigate this rapidly evolving situation.
Thank you for being a part of the Leader Dog community and for your support. Together we truly do make people unstoppable.
President & CEO
Advanced Lions Leadership Institute
Quality leadership is key to the future of Lions Clubs International. The Advanced Lions Leadership Institute (ALLI) focuses on building the skills of Lion leaders to prepare them for leadership roles at the zone, region and district levels. > click here to view more information
The Wonderful White Cane – O&M Training at Leader Dogs for the Blind Webinar
Webinar link: www.leaderdog.org
Is a guide dog right for you?
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Adopt a Child Campaign
Attached is a letter from Teaching Family Homes concerning our Adopt A Child campaign > click here to view
LCIF $250,000 Diabetes Grant II
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Project KidSight Events
Project KidSight SCHEDULED events can now be viewed at the SD10 website. Simply look under Projects, Project KidSight and scroll down to just before the downloadable forms (or click here). Click on the month you are looking to schedule the event in.
Is there not a calendar posted for that month yet? Then you’re in luck! No one has booked an event that month yet! The calendars posted show scheduled events. “T” next to the event indicates that the trailer has been requested. “C” next to the event indicates just a camera has been requested. We do have 3 cameras, so more than one event can be scheduled on each day.
So, regardless of which Project KidSight Coordinator you are working with to set up an event, once you have the date set please email or call Lion Peggy Lindeman with the date and whether you are requesting the camera or trailer so she can get it on the calendar and posted on the website. If the event gets canceled, postponed or rescheduled- again email or call Lion Peggy so she can update the calendars.
Thank you all for your help and looking forward to helping all of you help the kids in our District by setting up PKS vision screens!
Lion Peggy Lindeman
906-458-4328 or 906-346-6360