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Coopersville Christmas Parade also promotes breast cancer awareness

Coopersville Christmas Parade also promotes breast cancer awareness

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. - It's one of the longest-running nighttime Christmas parades in Michigan, and the 30th annual parade in Coopersville Friday night was even more special for many because it was dedicated to breast cancer awareness.

Before the start of the parade, a pink Christmas tree was lit by a father who lost his daughter to breast cancer.

Everyone coming to Coopersville is encouraged to put a pink decoration on what's called "Lori's Tree."

"Holidays are hard for anyone who's lost a loved one," says David Lantz, who created the tree in memory of his daughter, Lori. "We have to continue to fight this ugly disease, but I see it as a way to park your sorrows for a while. I'd just love to see it spread."

The pink theme continued in the parade.

Michigan bill allows 16-year-olds to donate blood

Michigan bill allows 16-year-olds to donate blood

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. - State lawmakers this week approved legislation to lower the age for donating blood.

The new law will allow 16-year-olds to donate with their parent's consent.

The bill was approved Wednesday by an 88-3 vote in the House and a unanimous vote in the Senate. It now goes to Gov. Jennifer Granholm who is expected to sign by April.

"It's a big deal, been working on this for a long time," said State Senator Wayne Kuipers.

Kuipers spearheaded the effort back in 2007 by introducing "Jenna's Law," a bill named after his daughter who was denied donating because she was too young.

Eventually, after a bi-partisan effort, the language was pushed through.

"As long as your healthy and you want to give, I don't see why you can't at sixteen," said Jenna Kuipers. "I was kind of upset that I wasn't able to give."

Michigan is the 40th state to lower the age to 16 and it's expected to make a big splash.

Garage fire damages Coopersville home

Garage fire damages Coopersville home

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. - Firefighters say a garage fire spread into a Coopersville area home but they managed to save the family's Christmas presents.

The fire started around 9 p.m. Tuesday in a garage in the 7300 block of Leonard Road. Dispatchers called in five fire departments to contain the fire and provide water.

Everyone inside the home got out safely.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire.

Middle School Dance Clinic to be held Saturday, Feb 19

From: http://coopersvillebroncos.org

The Coopersville Varsity and JV Dance Teams invite all middle school students who are interested in the Dance Team to join them for a dance clinic. Come and find out all about the teams, learn dance skills and a dance routine.

Saturday, February 19th from 9:00AM-12:00 in the East Elementary Gym. Cost is $15.00 and includes a performace t-shirt which will be worn when the group performs at the varsity basketball game here on Tuesday, February 22.

Questions: Call Coach Cathie at 204-3126 or visit www.facebook/coopersvilledance