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Henry Ford Community College nursing students raise $900 for Karmanos’ ‘Friends Like Me’ program

From left to right: Kathleen Hardy, Karmanos, Oncology Social Worker; Ashley Sims, Student Nurse-Pulse Editor (SNA Newsletter); Peggy Kearney, MSN, RN-Nursing Faculty and SNA Advisor; Cathy Gangarossa, MSN, RNC-Nursing Faculty and SNA Advisor; Susan Shunkwiler, MS, RN, CNM-Associate Dean of Health Sciences Division; Debbie Knowles, Karmanos Major and Planned Gifts Manager; AnnMarie Johnson, Student Nurse-SNA Activities Coordinator 

Nursing students from Henry Ford Community College Student Nursing Association (SNA) presented Kathleen Hardy, oncology social worker at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute’s Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center with a check for $900 on June 23 in support of the Karmanos’s “Friends Like Me” program. 

The students raised money throughout the year by hosting various fund raising activities. This is the third year that the SNA designated their support to “Friends Like Me.”

“Friends Like Me” is an after-school and summer art therapy program for school-age children who have a sibling, parent or grandparent with cancer. This program is designed to enhance the social, emotional and intellectual skills children need to gather support from their peers and family and not feel isolated and alone with the trauma that cancer can bring into the family.

The program is held year round at Karmanos’ Lawrence and Idell Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center in Farmington Hills. The “Friends Like Me” program is open to children throughout southeast Michigan who have a family member with cancer. For additional information, contact Kathleen Hardy by emailing

We are grateful to have the Student Nursing Association’s generous support again this year for our children’s art therapy program.

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