Botsford News Release
Farmington Hills, Mich. (May 19, 2010)---Four college students are supporting the Botsford Cancer Center and raising cancer awareness by skateboarding their way through Michigan.
Raymond Pastor, Henry Crissman, Dan Dirito and Eric Myers decided to skate the state in support of cancer awareness and the Botsford Cancer Center. Their journey, which began on May 15, takes them from the Detroit River to Lake Michigan. This afternoon will end their four-day skateboarding adventure of 200 miles.
The four men became friends at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, where they are all students. Pastor says, “Last semester we decided we wanted to skate the state. Then my dad, a surgeon at Botsford Hospital, asked if we thought about supporting a cause as part of our journey. I thought this was a great idea and was glad that I could help support my dad and an organization he loves. He has helped me so much in my life, so I thought this was a great way for me to give back. My friends agreed that supporting Botsford and raising cancer awareness would make our skate more meaningful.”
Cancer has played a role in these skaters’ lives. Pastor’s cousin, Dirito’s grandfather and Crissman’s uncle have all had cancer. These relatives have all been a source of inspiration for their adventure that has taken them through much of Michigan.
Pastor says, “We are glad that we could do something we enjoy while focusing on such an important issue that affects so many people. Supporting the Botsford Cancer Center made us take this challenge seriously. It’s something we will remember forever. Our adventures started by dipping our skateboard tails in the Detroit River and will end with our noses in Lake Michigan.”
A special thank you goes to Eric’s girlfriend, Jessica Leroux, who followed the men by car so they would have food and water on their journey.
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 and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.
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