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Support Youngster - The Menominee Maroon football team and coaches made a visit to a special friend of the team who is battling luekemia on Friday Oct. 22, prior to the homecoming game against Kingsford. Miles Sorensen was diagnosed with the disease in early October and is a first grader at St. John Paul II catholic school in Menominee. The team brought with them several gifts and displayed signs that read "Your Fight is Our Fight." Top Photo; coaches and team members say a prayer for Miles Sorensen while his mother Lindsey looks on. Bottom Left Photo; Aden Laurin give Miles a fist bump. The players and staff also held a fund raiser at the school for Miles by having their heads shaved. Bottom Right Photos; Students, teachers and staff members are pictured having their heads all shaved as support for little Miles.

Football Auction Supports Local Family Battling Cancer

Issue Date: October 28, 2021

Every once in a while, a community finds a reason to rally around one of their own who is truly in need. And in Menominee, joining that rally around a 1st grader recently diagnosed with leukemia might get you a "bucket list' experience involving one of the biggest college football games of the year.

Miles Sorensen is a first grader at St. John Paul II Catholic Academy in Menominee. He was diagnosed with leukemia in early October. His parents, Jason and Lindsey, are facing the challenge of not just the hospital and treatment costs, but the expenses of travel, lodging, time off work and other nonmedical expenses. They have seen the community rally around them through a GoFundMe page that was created to support them, with a $20,000 goal. And while that goal has almost been reached, a Menominee couple decided to do something to help put it over the top and then some.

Dr. Mike Karkkainen and his wife, Tammy recently posted a college football game package through an on-line auction that includes two midfield tickets to the Michigan/Michigan State game in East Lansing on Oct. 30. The two schools are both ranked in the top 10 for the first time since 1964 and are playing for not just state bragging rights but a possible spot in the College Football Championship.

But it gets better. The package also includes round trip transportation on a chartered jet from Menominee to East Lansing and a two-night stay at a 4 start East Lansing hotel.

Karkkainen has been a member of the medical community in Menominee and Marinette and his wife and family are well known MSU fans. Karkkainen explained how this bid package came together.

"Tammy and I have been blessed over the years to experience Michigan State athletics around the country. We're fortunate to have shared those experiences with family and friends along the way," he explained. "After learning of Miles' serious diagnosis, we tried to think of a way we could help the Sorensen family during these difficult times. Because of our Spartan loyalty, we have access to tickets, hotels, and transportation from Menominee to East Lansing."

After talking with friends and family, they decided the best way to capitalize on a historic matchup between bitter rivals and build awareness for this campaign was through an on-line auction. Local Auctioneer Nellie Beland, who has been a fixture at many charitable events throughout her career, offered the services of her team at Superior Auction and Appraisal. "We are glad to be part of this wonderful act of generosity by Dr. and Mrs. Karkkainen and wanted to make sure every Spartan or Wolverine fan had a chance help a great cause and take part in a truly special football weekend."

The auction started on Tuesday afternoon Oct. 19 and will close on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 6 pm CST. Bidders can set up an account and start bidding at www.superiorauction.net. For others, the GoFundMe Page (Help Miles Beat Leukemia) is also available.

Karkkainen is not sure how much this will raise, but he was quick to point out that these funds would be helping the family with the non-medical expenses they will be facing during the long fight ahead of them. "If being able to take that concern off their plate while they are dealing with everything else, we will have all done a great thing."


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