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Henry Ford Community College Nursing Students Raise $1,200 for Karmanos' 'Friends Like Me' Program

From left to right: Peggy Kearney, HFCC nursing
faculty member; HFCC nursing students Lana
Hammond, Gina Lollini, Jen Owens, and Salah
Hadwan; Kathleen Hardy, Karmanos social
worker; nursing students Rachel Phillips and
Michelle Hollstein; Lori Grande-Swiatkowski,
HFCC nursing faculty member; and Debbie
Knowles, Major and Planned Gifts manager
for the Karmanos Cancer Institute.
Nursing students from Henry Ford Community College presented social worker Kathleen Hardy with a check for $1,200 on May 8 in support of the Karmanos Cancer Center’s “Friends Like Me” program. 

The students raised the money through a coin wars competition between nursing sections. The section that raised the most money received a pizza party. The competition raised $900, and the Student Nursing Association (SNA) added the additional $300 to total $1,200. This is the second year that the SNA has supported “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 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 at (248) 538-4712 or

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