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  • James Townsend

Nationwide Event Honoring Lives Impacted by Cancer Brings Hope Home Across Michigan

This summer, communities across the state will honor lives affected by cancer with Lights of Hope. Michigan American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) volunteers are spreading the word about their Lights of Hope campaign by raising money to hold a “virtual trip” around the state through their Michigan Lights of Hope Tour.

Portland resident Beth Trierweiler who is a breast cancer survivor is fundraising for the Michigan Lights of Hope Tour so ACS CAN may continue its mission advocating for everyone affected by cancer, including the estimated 61,770 Michiganders who will receive a cancer diagnosis this year.

Beth is celebrating her 10th anniversary this year as a cancer survivor. “It is important to me to be a voice for others with a cancer story and keep policies that affect cancer patients and their families a national priority with our lawmakers.”

Unfortunately, we all know someone who has been touched by cancer. By purchasing a Lights of Hope bag, you can honor someone who is battling cancer, a survivor, a cancer caregiver or remember someone who lost their battle. Every bag purchased will equal two miles traveled across the state with a goal of covering Michigan’s 1,866 miles of roadways. The symbolic journey is starting at the Mighty Mac, Michigan’s Mackinac Bridge, making its way around the beautiful Upper Peninsula before crossing the bridge and going around the mitten. A drive through to view the luminaria display is planned for September 12th at 6pm until dusk at the Portland High School.

For details on how to dedicate a Lights of Hope bag, please visit Beth’s fundraising page by clicking HERE.


The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is making cancer a top priority for public officials and candidates at the federal, state and local levels. ACS CAN empowers advocates across the country to make their voices heard and influence evidence-based public policy change as well as legislative and regulatory solutions that will reduce the cancer burden. As the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN is critical to the fight for a world without cancer. For more information, visit

Images courtesy of Beth Trierweiler.

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