Game On Cancer
Game on Cancer (GOC) is a unique partnership among the Detroit Lions, the Detroit Pistons, Henry Ford Health and other corporate partners to raise awareness and funds for patients of the Henry Ford Cancer Institute.
In 2022, GOC was supercharged with activities and fundraising. Game on Cancer Field Day in December enabled families to visit with Detroit Lions players and legends, play football in a youth zone and participate in other on-field football clinics. The MoGo bike share program in 2022 also raised money for Game on Cancer. Numerous bikes carry the HAP and Henry Ford Health logos, and HAP donates to GOC each time a photo of one of these bikes is shared on social media.
Every penny raised in GOC helps patients-in-need pay for essentials like housing, food, utility bills, transportation to appointments and similar needs while also supporting critical programs and cancer research. HAP employees purchased donated items in a silent auction as well just before the holiday season, raising $8,000 for GOC.
The HAP/Crim Festival of Races is held every August in Flint. It is named for former Michigan House Speaker Bobby Crim who launched the idea in 1977 as a way to encourage a healthier mindset for area residents.
Crim Festival of Races
Today, it is a highly regarded nonprofit organization that impacts the lives of thousands. HAP is the primary sponsor and supports the Crim Fitness Foundation year-round to promote healthy lifestyles for people who live in Flint and Genesee counties. For example, HAP also supports the Bishop Airport 5K run for the Crim Foundation every October. The Crim Foundation currently serves nearly 40,000 people each year and HAP is proud to be such an important part of this program.
Henry Ford Health (HFH) and HAP sponsor the Heart Walk in Metro Detroit each year.
In June, HAP and HFH partnered to become the top fundraising organization for the American Heart Association Heart Walk. Together, HAP and HFH raised more than $280,000. There were more than 140 HAP walkers in the event. Co-chairs for the 2022 walk were Denise Brooks-Williams, SVP and CEO for HFH North Market, and Dr. Michael Genord, president and CEO of HAP and EVP of HFH. The Heart Walk is focused on funding groundbreaking research and lifesaving programs for those who suffer from heart disease. Metro Detroit Heart Walk is one of 300 such walks held in communities across the U.S. annually.
Every year, HAP adopts families to help them enjoy their holiday season with gifts purchased by donations from HAP employees.
In 2022, HAP adopted 12 families - nine through Carriage Town Ministries, a rescue mission in Flint; two through Oakland Family Services in Pontiac; and one HAP member family in Detroit. HAP employees in Troy and Flint bought gifts and wrapped them for these families. Children received coats, books, boots, hats, socks and toys.
How to Make Donation Requests for 2023
HAP’s Community Outreach extends to Michigan-based health, civic, educational, cultural, and faith-based organizations. We look for those that positively impact the Social Determinants of Health (See our description for the Social Determinants of Health in this report).
We ask groups to send requests to HAP at least eight to 12 weeks in advance, whenever possible.
Interested groups can click here to create an account and submit a donation request. Details on the application process can be found online. It’s important to include demographic information about your organization to help us determine what level of help HAP can provide. We welcome your requests, and we thank you for joining us in our mission to improve the health and wellbeing of thousands of Michigan residents.