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EGR football fans fight cancer tonight

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (WZZM)  - The start of tonight's football game in East Grand Rapids will be unlike any other.  It's the annual Hearts of Gold game, a fundraiser for the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.  The East community has been raising money throughout the year, and tonight those funds will be donated.  

A ninth grade student's struggle with cancer has galvanized those efforts.   That student, Champ McCahill, will walk onto Memorial Field, holding a game ball that will travel 40 miles today.  It promises to be among the most emotional moments in recent school history.  

Champ, an athletic 14 year old, is relearning how to walk and talk following a pair of surgeries after he was diagnosed in April with brain cancer.   He is the youngest child of Peaches and Raymond McCahill of East Grand Rapids.   Mr. McCahill died of colon cancer three years ago.

Holland man remembers escaping from World Trade Center on 9/11

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - West Michigan students are learning about September 11th from a man who survived the attacks.

Chad Creevy says it as a day he will never forget. On Friday, he told his story to a group of students at Vanderbilt Charter Academy, in Holland.

Back in 2001, Creevy was 22 years old, and had just landed a job with Morgan Stanley. He was sent to New York for training.

"I was stationed to be on the 61st floor of the south tower (of the World Trade Center) for three weeks," Creevy says.

It was his second day. As the morning was getting started, the first plane hit the north tower. The group was told that it was safe to stay in the south tower.

"It just didn't sit right with me, that we should stay put on 61," he says.

Listening to his gut, Creevy headed down the elevator. It stopped on the 44th floor. He got out and looked through a window.

Hope Students Give Back to Holland Community thru "Time to Serve"

HOLLAND - Some 375 Hope College students will participate in service projects throughout the area through the college's "Time to Serve" program on Saturday, Sept. 11.

Most of the students will be members of the newly arrived freshman Class of 2014.  The students signed up shortly after their arrival at Hope, during "New Student Orientation," for the mass volunteer effort.

The students will be working in groups of six to 12 at more than three dozen sites from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Projects are scheduled throughout the greater Holland area, and will range from sorting at Bibles for Mexico and Goodwill Industries, to spreading wood chips at the Critter Barn, to groundskeeping and cleaning at many area churches.

The "Time to Serve" program is designed to help new students learn about service while helping and getting to know their community and becoming better acquainted with one another.

Former Holland school to become Midtown Village apartments

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- An old junior high school in downtown Holland will reopen as the city's newest apartment building.

The Dwelling Place took over the former E.E. Fell Junior High School.

The organization broke ground Thursday on a nearly $6 million renovation project for the building.

Once finished it will be called Midtown Village and provide apartments for people over the age of 55.

The building has been empty for the past five years. The Dwelling Place says this project will help renew the community.

"Having apartments in the building, with all the activity associated with those apartments and the people living here, will breathe new life into this block and into the neighborhood where the project is located," says Dennis Sturtevant of the Dwelling Place.

The apartments will cost from $580 to $605 a month for people who qualify.

Northbound US-31 in Holland reopened at Lincoln after accident

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Northbound U.S. 31 is reopened at Lincoln following a three-vehicle acident.

Holland Police say one person was sent to the hospital for treatment, though there is no word on the person's condition.

The accident closed the northbound lanes of U.S. 31 for about an hour.

Meijer Scholar Athlete - Robin Griffin

Zeeland, MI. (WZZM) - WZZM and Meijer are pleased to introduce Zeeland East High School senior Robin Griffin as this week's Meijer Scholar Athlete.

Robin has played three sports at Zeeland East, volleyball, basketball and softball. She lists volleyball as her favorite because of the energy rush she gets from it.

Robin is also energized in the classroom. She maintains a 4.0 grade point average and takes advanced placement courses. She's also a member of the National Honor Society.

After high school, Robin hopes to attend Michigan, Michigan State or Northwestern and is considering studying psychology or journalism.

Congratulations and continued success to Robin Griffin, our Meijer Scholar Athlete of the week!

Holland police unveil race car to keep new drivers safe

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM)-Holland police are turning to a race car to help keep young drivers safe.

The police department unveiled its 1995 Camaro drag race car at the station Wednesday. It's part of the department's new "Racing Through Education" program. Officers plan to use the car to teach teenagers and new drivers the dangers of street racing, distracted driving and driving drunk.

"We'll be at the track with this car at different events in blue jeans, t-shirts, no guns no badges; all there playing on a common ground," says Officer Doug VanderKooy, who set up the program. "We're all there just to have a good time and be safe and explain how we can have a good time without using any substances such as alcohol."

The Camaro was rebuilt using donations from area businesses and citizens. It will make stops at schools, city events and car shows.