Fifth annual Hope Grows Luncheon raises money for cancer patients

NILES — More than 300 people filled the YMCA of Southwest Michigan gym Thursday to enjoy a meal and listen to a speaker during the fifth annual Hope Grows Luncheon.

Jill Haboush, vice president of fund development and marketing for the YMCA, estimated that about $53,000 had been raised during the luncheon. The proceeds will be split between the LIVESTRONG Program and the Marie Yeager Cancer Center.

During the lunch, speaker Bob Byers, a cancer caregiver, addressed the crowd. Byers shared his experience caring for family members who have battled cancer. 

Hope Grows is an organization formed through the partnership of the YMCA of Southwest Michigan and the Lakeland Health Foundations. Their efforts raise money so that local cancer patients can have access to screenings, treatment and follow-up care at no charge.

Above, from left, Denise Peters, the COO of the YMCA, posed with Sarah Workman, of Niles, during the Hope Grows Luncheon.

Right, speaker Bob Byers shared his experience as a caregiver for cancer patients during the fifth annual Hope Grows Luncheon.

Far right, from left, Kara West, Felicity Myers and Caprianna Byrd were among the Niles High School culinary arts students who helped to prepare lunch Thursday. (Leader photos/KELSEY HAMMON)

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Union High School closes for three days due to COVID-19

Cassopolis

Resolution to ask Cassopolis Board of Education member to resign fails

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Rotary donates to Rotary Villa Apartments’ trunk or treat efforts

Cass County

Accessory to 2019 Cass County Courts bomb threat sentenced to prison

Buchanan

Local DAR chapter donates to second-grade classroom

Buchanan

Buchanan event inviting community to partake in traditional practice of peace, hope

Cass County

Cass County law enforcement agencies host Halloween with a Cop event

News

Niles City Clerk offers voting advice

Dowagiac

Dowagiac residents finding creative ways to have fun, safe Halloween

Dowagiac

Dowagiac restaurant manager fired following criminal sexual conduct arrest

Berrien County

MDHHS extends emergency orders

Cassopolis

Cassopolis opens new municipal complex

Edwardsburg

Duo Form donates face shields to Edwardsburg Fire Department

Edwardsburg

PHOTO STORY: Community celebrates Edwardsburg firefighter with parade

Berrien County

Berrien County health professionals warn residents to remain vigilant

News

South Bend Police Department seeking information regarding missing Niles man

Cass County

DASAS welcomes new executive director

Business

Cass County businesses struggle amid increase in COVID-19 cases

News

MDHHS adds testing requirements for homes for the aged, large adult foster care facilities

Berrien County

Two injured at Old U.S. 31 and Ullery

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Berrien County reports additional COVID-19 death

Dowagiac

Dowagiac restaurateur arrested on criminal sexual conduct charges

Buchanan

Bike Buchanan pedals last ride of season

Buchanan

Caring Circle Services relocating to Niles