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Botsford Hospital and Garden City Hospital Employees Hold Walking Challenge During Relay for Life Events

Farmington Hills, Mich. (May 11, 2010)---Botsford Hospital and Garden City Hospital employees are competing to see who can walk the most minutes during the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life on Saturday, May 22
 
The hospitals’ employee wellness committees have been in contact for the past year exploring alternatives for a health-focused competition. With both hospitals already participating in their local Relay for Life events, they decided to arrange a walking challenge to see who could walk the most minutes during this 24-hour event. 
 
Stacy Brand, chair of Botsford Hospital’s wellness committee, says, “We are excited for this challenge that not only gets our employees to focus on their health through walking but also allows each of us to support and make a difference in the fight against cancer. We’re looking forward to going out and having a great time with some healthy competition.” 
 
Garden City Hospital’s wellness committee chair, Catherine Chamberlain, says, “We hope this friendly competition will encourage all of our employees to participate in the walk and continue to exercise regularly, ultimately leading to a healthier lifestyle. There has been great participation from the Garden City Hospital family at many events in the past and we hope with the help of them, we will be successful.” 
 
Each hospital will participate in their local Relay for Life. Botsford Hospital will be a part of the Relay at Shiawassee Park in Farmington and Garden City Hospital will be stationed at Garden City Middle School. To support Botsford or Garden City’s walking challenge, join them at their local Relay for Life anytime from 10 a.m. on May 22 to 10 a.m. on May 23. 
 
“Botsford Hospital is pleased that two organizations have already stepped up to support us for the walk,” Brand, says. “Erase the Ink, M.D., in Rochester Hills has purchased t-shirts for the first 50 Botsford participants and Breadsmith of Bloomfield Hills has donated treats for the walkers. We really appreciate the generosity of these local businesses.” 
 
Chamberlain, says, “This should be a fun and very worthwhile opportunity for both organizations while helping a great cause stamp out cancer. So come and join us just for the ‘Health of It’.”

Beaumont Health is a not-for-profit organization formed by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare to provide high-quality, efficient, accessible services in a caring environment for southeastern Michigan residents and beyond. As one of Beaumont Health's eight hospitals, Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330-bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center, a comprehensive care cancer center and an extensive medical education program---part of Michigan State University's Statewide Campus System. Annually, Botsford cares for about 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of approximately 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and 600 physicians.

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