Childhood Cancer Campaign

"Providing the Care ... Finding the Cure"

According to statistics from the American Childhood Cancer Association, about 11,630 children in the United States under the age of 15 were diagnosed with cancer in 2013. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children younger than 15 years old (after accidents). Optimist International has designated June as Childhood Cancer Month. In recognition of Childhood Cancer Month, Optimists in Michigan are holding a "Walk For Childhood Cancer" in June at Skyline high school Ann Arbor.

While large organizations donate millions to research and large programs, our goal is to raise funds to help alleviate the angst of children with cancer, their families, and the people that provide services to these children and their families in Michigan. We want to do this by supporting children's cancer camps and bravery bead programs. We also want to make donations of beanie babies, iTunes cards, and gift cards for families to use, "The New Normal" DVDs, and reflection books to the children and their families. In addition, any Michigan District Optimist Club supporting childhood cancer activity can receive financial assistance from the "New" Michigan District Childhood Cancer Campaign Grant Program.
To help raise funds for the Michigan Optimist Childhood Cancer Campaign Grant Program, we are asking each Optimist Club, business, or interested group in Michigan to form a team of its members and ask each member to solicit funds from their friends, neighbors, relatives, co workers, and other organizations they belong to for the" Walk for Childhood Cancer" in June  2017.
This year there will be two Walk 4 Kids events, one on the east and one on the west side of Michigan.
SATURDAY, June 17, 2017
Rowan Park, Muskegon Heights

Registration begins at 7:30 AM - Race starts for Runners and Walkers at 8:30 AM
On the West Side at Rowan Park (Corner of Baker and Broadway, Muskegon Heights, MI - Download
SATURDAY, June 30, 2018
Skyline High School, Ann Arbor

Registration begins at 8:30 AM - Race starts for Runners and Walkers at 10:00 AM
On the East Side at Skyline High School, 2552 North Maple Rd., Ann Arbor, MI  - Download

Skyline High School
2552 North Maple Road
June 30, 2018
Registration begins at 8:30 am
Walk begins at 10:00 am
Register Online
Download Flyer

Rowan Park
Corner of Baker & Broadway
June 18, 2016
Registration begins at 7:30am
Walk/Run begins at 8:30 am
Register Online
Download Flyer


Here are files that participants want to use for the 2018 walks: