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The Department of Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. donates to Karmanos

James Proteau, state cancer director of the Department of Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., left, joins Nick Karmanos, senior vice president of Institutional Relations at Karmanos, center, and VFW State Commander Kirk Kennedy, right, at the recent State Council of Administration meeting in Kalamazoo. Members of the VFW contributed funds to support cancer research at Karmanos, continuing a 30-year tradition of support. 
The Department of Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. recently presented a check for $22,110.76 to Nick Karmanos, senior vice president of Institutional Relations at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, during its State Council of Administration meeting in Kalamazoo. The contribution will support Karmanos’ cancer research program. 


This generous gift represents donations for cancer research received from veterans across the state of Michigan. Posts conduct local fundraising activities for research throughout the year and send the proceeds to the VFW State Headquarters in Lansing. The program is directed by State Cancer Director James Proteau.


“The Department of Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars is a commendable partner in the battle to cure cancer,” said Karmanos. "I want to recognize and thank all Michigan veterans for their remarkable support and commitment to ending the threat of this terrible disease that strikes our families, friends and neighbors. 


“By working together we will, one day, eradicate cancer. Until then, our dedicated team of physicians and researchers will remain relentless in their determination to find new and better treatments so that cancer patients can have the best treatment options that provide the best outcomes possible. We are deeply grateful to have our veterans’ support for our research initiatives that offer hope and help us provide our patients with the best possible chance of surviving their disease.”


The Department of Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars established the program in 1983 to provide monetary aid for cancer research and dedicated the funds to Karmanos. The VFW has donated more than $1.2 million since the program’s inception. In Michigan, more than 92,000 members have contributed to the nearly three-decade history of supporting cancer research through community service, advocacy and fundraising.
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