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Community Rallies for Widowed Mother Battling Cancer

Community raises more than $25,000 for Joanne Savage.

The Plymouth-Canton community has rallied behind one of its own, Joanne Savage of Canton.

A widow and mother of three Plymouth-Canton students, Colin, Jack and Nolan, Savage was diagnosed with a rare cancer called Peritonei Carcinoma. Pat Savage, Joanne's husband and the boys' father, succumbed to Esophageal Cancer in November 2011.

To date, the community has chipped in more than $25,000 for the Savage family, and supporters turned out in droves Saturday at Real BarBQ in Canton to boost donations and offer support, according to Wendy Fayne, a spokeswoman for Real BarBQ.

According to Fayne, the Canton Fire Department attended the event and donated $1,000, and Detroit Lions legend Charlie Sanders donated $1,000 and offered three autographed footballs for the Savage children, as well as a signed jersey for Savage's oldest son, Colin, who wears Sanders' No. 88 jersey for Salem High School.

Sanders also is taking the Savage family to a Detroit Lions home game as his guests in a suite at Ford Field, Fayne said.

Donations poured in from around Michigan, as well. One business owner gave Joanne a gift card for a new washer and dryer, Fayne said, and a Clarkston couple gave Joanne Savage a $500 gas card and is paying the Savage family's utility bills for the next six months.

Joanne Savage has previously said she is thrilled with the support offered by her community.

'I am overwhelmed with the outpouring of support for my family in this very challenging time," she said. "I will always have a special place in my heart for all of those who have supported us."

Dave Ebner, owner of Real BarBQ, said he is proud of the support his community has offered for the Savage family.

"We live in a community which cares greatly about others and there is no greater privilege than helping those who are in need," Ebner said. "Joanne Savage and her family are wonderful people and on behalf of Real BarBQ, we pray for Joanne's full recovery."

Concerned Parent December 11, 2012 at 12:37 PM
This is wonderful, Joanne has a long road ahead of her and whatever we (the community) can do to help her fight this battle. We are also doing a toiletry drive to fill her basement with items because through this journey she is going to need every little bit. This community stands up and will fight this with her 100%.
Jbooger97 December 11, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Kudos to Real BarBQ for hosting and contributing to this wonderful event! The Savage Family has endured alot of trauma and stress over this last year. The donations will certainly help the family but let's also pray for Joanne's recovery because that is what those boys need most of all.
Rebecca Stojcevski December 11, 2012 at 02:59 PM
How can I give to the toiletry drive?
tracy martinelli December 11, 2012 at 07:08 PM
What an awesome article. Joanne & her boys have been blessed with so many wonderful people in their lives this past year. We all need to stand together & continue supporting them - this is only the beginning of their long journey ahead. Positive thoughts & prayers are needed now, more than ever <3
John McKay December 11, 2012 at 09:02 PM
For those looking for other ways to help, you can contact Dave Ebner at 734-260-4453.

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