Nursing students raise $1,200 for Karmanos

DEARBORN — Henry Ford Community College nursing students raised $1,200 in May, which will support 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 HFCC Student Nursing Association added an additional $300 for a grant total of $1,200. This is the second year that the HFCC SNA has supported “Friends Like Me.”

On May 8, several HFCC nursing students presented Karmanos Social Worker Kathleen Hardy with a check.

“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. The program works to enhance the social, emotional and intellectual skills children need to gather support from their peers and family.

The program also works to help children feel less isolated and alone with the trauma that cancer can bring into the family.

The “Friends Like Me” program is open to children throughout southeast Michigan who have a family member with cancer. For additional information, contact Hardy at 248-538-4712 or via email at