You may see lots of angels on Lake Michigan beach in Ludington Saturday June 10. Spectrum Health Foundation Ludington Hospital in partnership with West Shore Bank hopes to orchestrate hundreds, if not thousands, of people to make simultaneous sand angels early in the afternoon. Their twin goals: help cancer patients with the cost of treatments they need to survive and shatter a Guinness World Record for sand angels.
West Shore Bank stepped up with a donation of $25,000 to assume the lead role in the world attempt record and to jump start the fundraising.
“West Shore Bank as our title sponsor is a great demonstration of their commitment to really make a difference in the community,” said Kaley Petersen, foundation and community services director. “Their leadership and staff are ‘all in’ to successfully create a patient assistance fund to help area cancer patients in a tricounty area handle the heavy burdens of fighting cancer and meet their medical expenses. While breaking a world record is exciting, we are ultimately here to benefit our community and those battling cancer.”
Scott Smith, vice-chair of the Spectrum Health Foundation and partner at Smith & Eddy Insurance, understands well the financial challenges of cancer. “My mother died from cancer two years ago, just a few weeks shy of turning 65. “Our family was fortunate — we were able to take time off work to be with her—to handle the day-to-day challenges and expenses. So when Kaley (Petersen) came up with the idea of a local cancer fund that is cemented here—the money stays here—I was on board. It’s not a wing, it’s not a room—it is a fund that not only helps with medical bills, it pays for gas, food, daycare, lost wages—all those expenses that add up and can prevent patients from getting the care they need and also prevent their loved ones from being by their side during their struggle,” said Smith.
The event is open to everyone — Ludington area residents and visitors alike. The current world record for sand angels is in the hundreds—there is room for 5,000 on the beach.
For more information and to also register, contact Kaley Petersen at 231-845-2233. It is important to note that if you cannot participate you can still make a donation. See below for complete information. The event also coincides with Love Ludington Weekend.