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Bid for Bachelors & Bachelorettes for Cystic Fibrosis

Grand Rapids (WZZM) - Ten years ago the life expectancy for someone with cystic fibrosis was just 18 years.

Thanks to more research, that life expectancy has nearly doubled.

In West Michigan, the Cystic Fibrosis Care Center inside the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital helps patients with the hereditary lung disease.

An annual event also raises money to help families of CF patients.  Bid for Bachelors & Bachelorettes is February 4 at the JW Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids.

Joylynn Kelly with the Cystic Fibrosis Care Center and Michelle Ripley, creator of the Bid for Bachelors & Bachelorettes event talk about the disease and how you can get involved in helping patients in west Michigan.

State of City address focus: Children and schools

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Mayor George Heartwell enthusiastically asked those attending Saturday's State of the City address, "Are you ready?"

At the core of his address: children, education, and a collective focus between Grand Rapids schools. The theme resonated with community leaders, educators, and attendees of Mayor Heartwell's 9th annual State of the City address.

"It's easy to forget when we look at some of the positive economic indicators around Grand Rapids, that we still  have some enormous challenges in this city," said Heartwell. "One of those is the well being of our children."

GR State of City: sustainability, diversity & education

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- Mayor George Heartwell delivered this year's state of the city address Saturday morning.

Read the full speech HERE.

Hear more tonight on WZZM 13 News at 6 p.m.

Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids hosts school fair

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids will hold a school fair on Saturday, January 28th.  

Anyone who wants to learn more about Catholic education or enroll their children for next year can attend.

It will be held at Cathedral Square Center at 360 Division Avenue South in Grand Rapids, from 10 a.m. - noon.

The diocese currently serves about 6,000 students.

Superintendent Dave Faber stopped by the Weekend Morning News to share details.
























HopCat celebrates 4th anniversary with crack fries

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- HopCat is celebrating its 4th anniversary in downtown Grand Rapids this weekend with a competition that's getting a lot of love.  

The Crack Fry Frenzy competition begins at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Along with the competition, there will be an Oil Rigger Imperial Stout Release party and guests get a free order of crack fries with a purchase of a beer.

Wake Up West Michigan: Griffins Great Skate

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- Saturday's morning greeting comes to you from participants at last weekend's Griffins Great Skate.

Giant Awards to honor African American community

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- It's the 30th anniversary of an event celebrating the achievements and contributions of Grand Rapids' African American community.

The "Giant Awards" banquet happens tonight at DeVos Place.

It honors people and organizations for their community involvement and leadership.

The "Giant of Giants" winner will be revealed at Saturday night's event where 750 people are expected to attend.

Take Five's Associate Producer Eddie Rucker will co-host the event.