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Monday, November 19, 2012 - WXOU fundraiser to benefit Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation
By Katie Land, news editor

Cassie Hines (second from left) with her family. OU's WXOU radio station will host a fundraiser to benefit the Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation.
Oakland University’s award winning student radio station will ask the community to take a walk on the altruistic side this November, with a fundraiser to benefit the Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation.

“We started this fundraiser because we get so much from the community in the form of listenership, that it's great to be able to give back to the community as well,” said Sean Varicalli, WXOU’s general manager.

“Cassie was a very close friend of mine and when her parents started this foundation in her name, I knew that we had the power to do some good for them, and this year we're going to make it come to life.”

The foundation was created by the family of 21-year-old Cassie Hines, whose four year battle with cancer ended this spring. The foundation’s focus is to raise awareness and financial support for young cancer patients aged 16-30 to attend cancer camps and support groups.

WXOU’s fundraiser event is a shoe fashion show and silent auction, set for 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, at Eisenhower High School located at 6500 25 Mile Rd. Advance tickets are $20 and include a fundraiser t-shirt. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10. All proceeds benefit the Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation.

Hines loved shoes and fashion, an interest that sparked the foundation’s motto, “Changing lives, one step at a time.” It has also inspired several events and fundraisers such as the recent “Race in These Shoes” walk/ run and the upcoming “Dance in these Shoes” event.

Food for the Cassie Hines Shoe Fashion Show will be provided by Bad Brad’s BBQ. Event sponsors include Catching Fireflies, ShoeStrings Children’s Shoes, Funky Frog Children’s Resale Boutique, American Gymnastics, Olive Garden, and Batteries Plus of Fenton.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the WXOU event page, view the flyer, or e-mail

To learn more about the Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation, visit