Good News: March 2010


[ State of Fitness Opens in East Lansing ]

East Lansing just got a little stronger.

Co-owners and long-time Lansingites Justin Grinnell and Rebecca Klinger are bringing quality trainers, cutting edge equipment and their own years of experience to their newly opened gym, State of Fitness.

“We founded our gym with the guiding principle of empowering us as trainers to better help our clients and members achieve their best state of fitness,” Grinnell said. “We offer only the best — in our trainers and our equipment — to help you reach your goals and have a positive workout experience.”

State of Fitness offers cutting edge workout equipment and beautiful locker rooms with full amenities. The gym offers both personal and group training sessions, including strength conditioning, zumba and yoga.

In addition to Grinnell and Klinger, the gym has created 11 new jobs for East Lansing, including six trainers, three massage therapists, an operations director and a member services director. All State of Fitness trainers must have degrees as Certified Personal Trainers.

[ Ingham County Relay For Life Events Ranked 5th Nationally in Per Capita Support ]

The Great Lakes Division of the American Cancer Society is pleased to announce that Ingham County was ranked fifth in the nation per capita in the 250,000 to 499,999 population segment for Relay For Life fundraising income. Ingham County supports eight Relay For Life events, which together raised a net income of $592,897, or $2.15 per each of the county’s 275,479 residents, this past year. The American Cancer Society Great Lakes Division encompasses the states of Indiana and Michigan, and held more than 330 Relay events, the organization’s signature fundraising activity, in 2009.

Relay For Life offers community members the unique opportunity to contribute to the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives by helping people stay well and get well by finding cures and by fighting back. For more information about the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life and ways to get involved, please call your American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345 or visit

The American Cancer Society thanks 2009 Relay For Life media sponsors WILX TV10 and the Lansing State Journal for their support of the Relay events in Ingham County.

[ Envelope Fund Raising Campaign Breaks Records for GLFB ]

In the midst of the worst economic uncertainty in nearly 80 years, the people of Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties have once again made a significant statement through their record-setting financial support for the work of the Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB). At a press conference held at the new Lansing City Market in downtown Lansing, Terry Link, executive director of GLFB, announced the results of the recently concluded 2009-2010 Envelope Fund Raising Campaign.

As a direct result of that support, Link announced a wide range of innovative Board approved actions which will make certain that the individuals and families served by the GLFB in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties have additional food and access.

[ Coaches vs. Cancer Fundraising Program Creates Cancer Awareness in Schools ]

This spring, sports teams around the state will be finding creative and athletic ways to support the fight against cancer and create a world with more birthdays. Coaches vs. Cancer began as a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). It empowers basketball coaches, their teams and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The program leverages the personal experiences, community leadership and professional excellence of basketball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities and advocacy programs.

Since the inception of Coaches vs. Cancer in 1993, high school and college coaches across the country have raised nearly $45 million to help the Society fund groundbreaking cancer research, provide up-to-date cancer information and education, advocate for public health policies that benefit the community and provide free local programs that improve quality of life for patients and their families.

[ New East Lansing Auto Shop Geared Toward Women’s Lifestyle & Needs ]

Martin Washburne has started a new automotive repair facility with women’s lifestyle in mind. He created an inviting facility to ensure your comfort while you wait, featuring elegant chairs, a flat-screen television, complimentary coffee and a children’s table with coloring books and crayons available. 

East Lansing Auto Pros is a company guided by responsibility, integrity and respect, where the customer is guaranteed complete satisfaction. Problems will be explained in simple terms to customers, who will be given the best possible options to fix it at the most affordable price.

As a husband and father, Washburne understands what his wife and children would expect and enjoy from an automotive repair facility, and he is doing everything in his power to offer that kind of special experience for everyone.

[ Scholarships Available for Young Cancer Survivors ]

All children deserve the chance to pursue higher education, and the American Cancer Society Great Lakes Division is contributing to this cause through its college scholarship program. Scholarships are awarded annually to young cancer survivors based on academic performance, community service, leadership and more. Winners must be planning to attend or be currently attending an accredited college or university in Indiana or Michigan. Applications are being accepted now through April 16 at 5 p.m. EDT.

For more information on the Young Survivor Scholarship Program, application information and eligibility requirements, call (800) 723-0360, ext. 314 or visit

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