Student Nurses Association Donation Helps Kids

Seven people hold up a check for 900 dollars for the Karmanos Cancer Institute

The HFC Student Nurses Association (SNA) recently made a $900 donation to the Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit. This donation will benefit its Friends Like Me (FLM) program.

This is the second consecutive year the SNA has raised money for FLM with an activity called Coin Wars. Each semester, each section collects money to donate to the FLM over a period of several months.

FLM is a year-round program that uses art therapy to help children who have a parent, grandparent or sibling with cancer. The program is complimentary and combines art therapy with counseling, enabling children to have a voice in regard to how their lives are impacted by a loved with cancer. This program also provides children with a caring, supportive environment where they can communicate their feelings through art.

FLM was founded by Robert Littman almost a decade ago. His late wife, Shelley Littman, was a dedicated teacher in Farmington Hills for decades. At the age of 64, Shelley was diagnosed with brain cancer and died one year later on May 10, 2004. After her death, her husband wanted to memorialize her, keeping true to her lifelong passion of helping children. With two sons, he realized how devastating the loss of a mother was for his own children and the challenges a family faces in moving forward. It was in this spirit that he started the Shelley Littman Endowment Fund for Children to provide annual support for the FLM program at Karmanos.

To learn more about the Karmanos Cancer Center and Friends Like Me program, please visit