Wayne Law cancer clinic announces return of Winter Wishes project led by MSW student

By Leanne Laramie, LAPC MSW student intern

The Winter Wishes service project—the annual adopt-a-family style charity giveaway aimed at individuals and families served by the Wayne State University Law School clinics—will be launching for the sixth straight year this holiday season, announced WSU officials in charge of the effort.  

The project, which is run by Wayne Law’s Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic (LAPC), provides essential winter items such as coat and gloves as well as traditional holiday gifts such as toys and books. The giveaway helps ease the financial strain on families struggling with medical and legal concerns.

Created in 2012 by a social work graduate student who was interning at LAPC, the program represents a medical-legal partnership between Wayne Law and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center, which provides free legal services to cancer patients who cannot afford an attorney. Each year, the MSW student assigned to the clinic runs the project.

Winter Wishes has significantly exceeded its target goal each year. Last year, the program surpassed its goal by 313% when it provided $12,386 in winter essentials and gifts. Since its inception, Winter Wishes has assisted more than 75 individuals, including 14 adults and nine children in 2016.

This year, Leanne Laramie, LAPC MSW student intern will be coordinating Winter Wishes. This year’s beneficiaries will be determined starting in early October, with fundraising efforts to follow. Official dates for the program will be released in early November.

Anyone interested in contributing to Winter Wishes this holiday should contact Leanne Laramie at fv0729@wayne.edu

Photo 1: The above donations poured in last fall for Winter Wishes 2016

Photo 2: Hot food bar lunch donated by La Pita, 2016

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