For the fourth consecutive year, a group of hard-working and dedicated citizens in the Village of Dexter have come together to raise $20,000 for the Chelsea Community Hospital Infusion Center.
The annual “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive” cancer benefit, which took place on August 17 & 18, started as a grassroots fundraising effort after a Dexter resident had successful cancer surgery at Chelsea Community Hospital in 2009. After his recovery, members of the Ann Arbor Fraternal Order of Eagles #2154 and the Dexter American Legion #557 made the decision to initiate an annual fundraising event to support Chelsea Community Hospital and its cancer services. Gary Klapperich again served as the honorary chair of the event. The name of the fundraiser came from a song by Travis Tritt and was the tune this cancer patient kept in his mind during his chemotherapy treatment at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital.
The event consisted of a rummage sale and auction, as well as entertainment, a cook-out, bake sale, and 50/50 raffle.
After the inaugural “It’s a Great Day to be Alive” event took place in 2009, CCH opened its Infusion Center on campus. This fundraiser is recognized inside the Infusion Center with its own plaque on the wall. The CCH Infusion Center was entirely funded by donor support, and many individuals and businesses donated generously to this important service. In 2014, CCH will build a comprehensive Cancer Center, which will include radiation oncology. The Cancer Center will allow CCH to expand upon those services and provide a full spectrum of cancer care, close to home. Chelsea Community Hospital is so grateful to the many Dexter community members who worked so hard to make the event a success once again, and for their unparalleled community spirit.