2017-06-15 / News

East donates big bucks to CMN


A special assembly was held at Grand Blanc East Middle School to present funds raised to Children’s Miracle Network officials to help keep kids healthy. Left to Right, Elizabeth Bennett, Tanya Sassack, Rebekah Sassack, Gabrielle Sassack, Scott Sassack, Christa Kline, and Linda Tracy-Stephens. 
Photo by Paula K. Schmidt A special assembly was held at Grand Blanc East Middle School to present funds raised to Children’s Miracle Network officials to help keep kids healthy. Left to Right, Elizabeth Bennett, Tanya Sassack, Rebekah Sassack, Gabrielle Sassack, Scott Sassack, Christa Kline, and Linda Tracy-Stephens. Photo by Paula K. Schmidt GRAND BLANC — Although the initiating circumstances were not the best, and probably very worrying for a local family, Rebekah Sassack, who’s journey with Hurley began when she arrived by ambulance last November.

She was critically ill. Her right lung was 45 percent collapsed and she was unable to get any air through it; in addition her body was septic. She underwent two surgeries and, thankfully made a full recovery.

Given this experience, it wasn’t hard for her to come up with ideas when teacher Christa Kline, assigned members of the class to each present a charity they’d like to raise money for.

Since Sassack had spent time in Hurley’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, her compelling presentation convinced the class to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ program at Hurley Children’s Hospital.

Sassack is the daughter of Scott and Tanya Sassack, owners of Great Harvest Bread Company, well known for support- ing especially local charitable causes, as well as others throughout the county.

Great Harvest got in on the action by donating a portion of their sales for one day to the cause, as well as teacher Elizabeth Bennett, who helped organize a walk-a-thon where students collected pledges per lap and straight donations.

This enabled Grand Blanc East Middle School’s Team 4 to donate $2,644.70 to Children’s Miracle Network program.

“I’m extremely proud of my students for their immense generosity and compassion. The students really took the idea of helping other children to heart and showed it by raising so much money. Our original goal was $600. The total collected blew me away!” Bennett said.

“And we are pleased to let these students know that the money they raised will stay right at Hurley Children’s Hospital to help our kids,” said Linda Tracy- Stephens, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Director at Hurley. “It’s inspiring to all of us to see kids helping kids,” she added. Hurley Children’s Hospital is the most northern CMN Hospital in the state and serves a 15-county area extending north to Alpena, west to Mt. Pleasant, east to part of the Thumb and all of Genesee and Shiawassee Counties.

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