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July 12, 2002 - Image 46

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-07-12

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"The Grahams have been involved
since the first year," says Jaimi Tarnow,
ACS Relay community development
director. "They are definitely deserving
of a lot of recognition. Their dedication
and leadership is really helping the event
to grow and become a big success."
Susie Graham says, "We feel that this
event isn't about money — it's about
supporting people as they themselves go
through the ravages of cancer, or are a
caregiver to a family member or friend."
Bill Graham says: "The Relay is not a
race or an athletic event — although
one guy ran 30 miles very early one
morning. And it isn't about money —
it's about what the money can do. We
raised money for the fight against can-
cer, celebrated our victories over cancer,
affirmed life and had fun."
"For Bill and I, it's something we are
compelled to do," Susie Graham says.
"Working on the Relay for them is
not a job," ACS' Tarnow says. "It's a pas-
sion. They are an inspiration to me as
well as the community."
Next up for the Grahams is participa-
tion in the three-day, 300-mile Make-A-
Wish Foundation of Michigan Wish-A-
Mile 300 Bicycle Tour. Bill is already in
training for the late July event, where he
will ride on Team Alex, alongside Alex's
family and friends, including one com-
ing from Germany to participate. Susie,
who was recently elected to the Make-A-
Wish board of directors, will attend as a
volunteer, providing support and
encouragement to the riders.
"Between the Relay and Make-A-Wish,
we're pretty busy," Susie says. "But, of
course, none of this would have happened
without the tragedy of Alex's untimely
death and the exuberance of all the things
that are possible in her memory."
In reference to a comment once made
by author Rabbi Harold Kushner, who
also lost a child, Susie Graham says,
"When you lose'a child, there were
many years left unfilled. Those years
now belong to you. Do something with
And she adds, "We are." ❑


To make a tax-deductible donation
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out to American Cancer Society,
18505 W 12 Mile Road, Southfield,
MI 48076.

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