BELDING — While Belding Labor Day Homecoming Celebration festivities slowly kicked into gear Friday night, one spot at the festival was already buzzing with enthusiasm as crowds lined up to show support for their neighbors, friends and family suffering through cancer.
Enjoying tunes from the Leppink’s Stage nearby, volunteers from the “B Foundation” were busy taking orders for $10 pink “Believe” T-shirts.
All proceeds from the T-shirt sales, as well as the bracelets, bandanas and other items for sale all weekend, will go to help local families facing cancer with whatever needs they might have.
“We’ve already sold 500 shirts and ordered another 500,” said Mikayla Linebaugh, head coach for the Belding High School’s varsity volleyball and softball teams.
The T-shirt sales have been leading up to the “Day to Believe” on Sept. 23, when the entire day will be spent in raising money for local cancer families. Some of the events planned include pep assemblies in school, a volleyball match, a 5K Glow Run, a blood drive and a home varsity football game against Sparta.
Both Sparta and Belding are also “selling sidelines” for the football game and everyone is encouraged “paint the town pink” in support of cancer patients throughout the community.
Kristina Jones of Belding stopped at the “Believe” booth to order five shirts for various family members. She paid an extra amount to have the T-shirts personalized.
“My father passed away four months ago from leukemia and my mom has colon cancer and is in remission for breast cancer,” Jones said, getting emotional as she watched her T-shirts being printed on location. “I’ve never been a cancer patient, but I’ve seen how it can affect them.”
She said she thinks the “Believe” campaign is a wonderful idea, as many local families are silently facing cancer alone.
“If they have a large group of people behind them, you should see their faces (light up),” Jones said. “On the 23rd, we’re going to show the cancer patients who’s standing behind them.”
Volunteers will be manning the bright pink “Believe” booth at the corner of S. Bridge and W. Congress all Labor Day weekend selling shirts for $10. Names up to ten characters can be added to the shirts for an additional $5. Pink bracelets and bandanas are also being sold for $2 a piece.
Contact Linebaugh at (616) 302-5055 or Debra Wright at (616) 550-7405 for more information on the “B Foundation” or the “Day to Believe.”