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Skin '09 benefits Karmanos Cancer Institute

By Chuck Bennett, The Detroit News

1854 days ago   Article ID# 61516
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Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute

DETROIT, MICHIGAN (The Detroit News) - A little over three years ago, 25-year-old George Stager, of Troy was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. Needless to say, he was devastated, but determined to turn the negative into a positive. After successful treatment of his cancer, Stager decided he would host an annual event to raise awareness.

On Saturday, about 300 people came out to Chen Chow in Birmingham to support Stager and his cause. The restaurant remained open to diners with reservations, but for the most part, guests at Stager's party filled the two main rooms.

Called Skin '09 -- The More You Show, The More You Know, tickets were $15 in advance and $20 at the door. There was a fashion show with clothing from Prodigy and hair by Heidi + Bashar. Sponsors participated with Lamborghini supplying two new cars for the entrance, and VitaminWater created a pair of specialty cocktails.

A few choices of hors d'oeuvres circulated, including a potato pancake topped with crab salad, and chicken satay. There was also a silent auction with many items involving beauty or chocolate.

Stager credits much of the success of the event to his mother, Colette Stager of Troy, and his aunt JoAnne Brown of Bloomfield Hills, who he says volunteered and worked tirelessly.

"I'm just happy to be able to raise awareness about this disease," Stager says. "I hear from so many people who have questions and are just unaware, but need to know. The number of new cases of melanoma continues to rise faster than any other human cancer."

More than $1,600 was raised and will benefit the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

Chuck Bennett is a Metro Detroit freelance writer. You can reach him at chuckbennett@hotmail.com.

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Updated 1854 days ago   Article ID# 61516

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