According to the American Cancer Society Cancer’s Facts & Figures 2017, an estimated 1,688,780 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer. An estimated 600,920 will die from the disease this year; in Michigan, an estimated 56,700 will be diagnosed this year, and an estimated 21,050 will die from the disease.

Nine prominent area women are taking a stand against cancer by participating in the Power in Purple Campaign. Throughout November, Power in Purple candidates will encourage friends, family and community members to act in the fight for a world without cancer.

Through the campaign, the local leaders and influencers have committed to raise awareness and funds to support the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Ingham County. The nine women will wear purple every day in November.

“In addition to wearing purple and raising awareness about the American Cancer Society, these women will be raising funds to help the American Cancer Society save more lives from cancer,” said Grace Kozak, Community Development Manager for the American Cancer Society. “Funds raised allow the Society to help save lives from cancer through early detection and prevention, innovative cancer research, and patient support.” Each of the candidates has set a goal of raising $2,500 or more.


The 2017 Power of Purple candidates are:  

  • Sally Babbitt, Babbitt Legal Group, PC
  • Michele Martin, Bureau of Elections
  • Nancy Knupfer, Keller Williams Realty
  • Claire Schineman, IBEW
  • Sam Beland, State of Michigan
  • Ashlee Willis, Lansing Mosaic
  • Molly Chan, Alliance Payment Solutions
  • Nicole Noll-Williams, Capital Region International Airport
  • Melissa Millerick-May, Ph.D., Michigan State University

To learn more about each candidate or to donate, visit

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