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Ever since I was little, I knew I wanted to be on TV-- I just didn't know what I'd be doing in front of the camera. Between my gift of gab and love of always being "in the know", I think I found the perfect gig telling stories and keeping West Michigan viewers informed as the 10 &11pm anchor at FOX 17.

What I love about journalism is you never know what to expect and what the day will bring. From covering major breaking news like the Enbridge oil spill and Rodrick Dantzler's deadly rampage, to covering the campaign trail and even the 2008 inauguration, I've been lucky enough to chalk up some pretty cool experiences.

One of the best parts of my job, is finding and bringing you "good news", the stories of people in our West Michigan that are paying it forward and asking for nothing in return. Their stories inspire me and I love being able to share them with viewers every week.

After working in Indiana, I'm happy to be here in West Michigan and still close to my family in Chicago. I can't get enough of "Pure Michigan", no matter what season it is (Even though I'm not the biggest fan of winter). When I'm not at FOX 17, you might catch me taking in the sights downtown or at the lakeshore, working out, or trying out the next new restaurant in town.

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    Oscar’s Fight: Muskegon boy facing cancer again

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — 5-year-old Oscar Broca III has fought and beat cancer multiple times and he’s still fighting. This week his family received the devastating news that the disease is back, and this time there is nothing doctors can do. “He’ll tell you that he’s tired of cancer, but he’s willing to fight,” Amanda Pastor, Oscar’s mom told FOX 17 News. “I don’t break because he don’t break. He is one of the strongest people I’ve ever met in […]

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    Singer and cancer survivor making a difference for Make-A-Wish

    ZEELAND, Mich.,– Doran Robin Eichenberg is Amway’s November Pay it Forward Person of the Month. The 20-year-old singer/songwriter has been performing around West Michigan since high school. He’s also a cancer survivor. His fight against the disease has inspired him to share his music to uplift others and help those in the same situation. “Whether it’s about hope, faith or whatever it may be, I think we all have something we need to hear sometimes, ” he told FOX 17 […]

  • Freezing Eggs: Women using new science to preserve fertility

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — Up until two years ago, egg freezing was considered an “experimental” procedure by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Originally used by patients suffering from conditions like cancer and Endometriosis, oocyte cryopreservation or egg freezing, is now being considered by more woman for non-medical reasons. Whether it’s to climb the career ladder, pursue extra education, or the absence of Mr. Right, woman in their 20’s or early 30’s are using the option to save their […]

  • Teen’s 18th birthday wish? 18 boxes for ‘Operation Christmas Child’

    Allendale, Mich., — Packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child has been a tradition for as long as 18-year-old Aubri Carrell can remember. “Every year I usually do one or two with my family, ” explained the Allendale H.S. senior. “All of us kids would pick a kid like the same age as us and the same gender… I couldn’t wait to go shopping for my Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.” Carrell decided to get a head start on the tradition this […]

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    Man determined to make dying grandmother’s last Christmas ‘extraordinary’

    COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich., — Tylor Westra has just one wish this holiday season: to give his grandmother, Phyllis Tucker, the best Christmas yet. Tucker is in the end stages of lung cancer and fighting a host of other medical issues.  The 73-year-old has been placed under hospice care in the home she shares with Westra in Comstock Township. “Basically, the writing is on the wall,” Westra told FOX 17 News. “Being my grandmother, if this is going to be [her […]

  • Detailing business donates ‘military makeover’ to Muskegon veteran and his vehicle

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.,–  As people around the country recognized Veterans Day this week, an auto detailing shop in Grand Rapids chose a unique way to show their gratitude. For the first time, Great Lakes Chemical decided to hold a “military makeover” contest to give back to a West Michigan veteran. The prize, an appearance protection package valued over $2,000 dollars, was given away on Veterans Day. “This is just a small prize that we can actually give to a special […]

  • ‘Bride School’ being held in Grand Rapids this weekend

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., — Planning a wedding can be overwhelming. That’s where a new wedding planning event, called the “Bride School Workshop” comes in. The day long workshop for the newly engaged features a variety of classes held by vendors, or “professors,” offering helpful tips on how to plan your big day within your budget. Bride School will be held November 8 in Grand Rapids from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at Arrae Photography Studio, 240 Front Avenue SW #204. […]

  • Reason to “Bree-Lieve”: Greenville girl continues to beat the odds

    GREENVILLE, Mich., — Looking at Bree Town these days, it’s hard to believe how far she’s come in just a year. Last November, the 11-year-old received the devastating news that her acute myeloid leukemia (AML) had returned and that she needed a bone marrow transplant to survive.  After hundreds turned out for community bone marrow drives around West Michigan, Bree and her family learned the perfect match had been found overseas. Her donor, an unidentified man in his early 20’s […]

  • Woman helping homeless by creating ‘care kits’, in midst of personal health battle

    ROCKFORD, Mich. — Shanee Laurent is Amway’s October Pay it Forward Person of the Month. A year after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Laurent is continuing treatment to beat the disease while finding the time to help the homeless in West Michigan. The working wife and mother has launched a drive, collecting new and used backpacks, along with food, personal care items and winter gear. She plans to use the donations to create “homeless care kits” that will be distributed […]