FRANKLIN, MI – When Kelly Ripa says she’s from Michigan, she means it.
The son of a national television host, Joaquín Consuelos, is a junior wrestler at the University of Michigan, one of the reasons she visits the state so often. She can also rattle White Her Lotus, Sparrow, Kelly Town Farmers Her Market to her local knitting club, her favorite Ann Arbor her spot.
Lipa’s May 5 trip to Michigan was about another passion of hers: women’s health advocacy. She has worked with her Michigan Medicine to help fund many women’s health initiatives.
She was a keynote speaker at the Michigan Medicine Women’s Health luncheon held at the Franklin Hills Country Club, 31675 Inkster Road, Franklin.
“Women are great advocates for their friends and family, but they are often at a loss when it comes to their own health,” she said Friday. That’s why we are here today.”
The luncheon will begin in 2022 to raise funds for women’s health issues, not just related to childbirth, said Dr. Die Fenner, director of obstetrics and gynecology at Michigan State Medicine. After lobbying across Michigan, a luncheon was set up to address these other issues, she said.
“Some of the projects supported are basic science examining infectious diseases during pregnancy and infertility in different populations,” she said. There are projects and projects that help educate medical students to better support transgender care.”
Fenner said the first fundraiser raised more than $200,000. His goal this year is to more than double the original funding amount. This is done through his live auctions of items such as initial donations to attend luncheons and luxury trips abroad.
The inaugural speaker was Michigan women’s basketball coach Kim Barnes Ariko, and the ceremony was officiated by Detroit TV anchor Rhonda Walker. Ripa was joined this year by Detroit sports reporter Jamie Edmonds as MC.
“I’m so glad they took the time to give us,” Fenner said.
Edmonds began commenting on how much women’s health care means to her as they emotionally discuss coping with infertility in the four years before the birth of their first child.
“This can be a difficult topic for women to talk about,” she said. I was treated at Her Medicine in Michigan and it’s incredible to know there are options available for women and research being done to help change lives. ”
Ripa and her husband, fellow national television host Mark Consuelos, have advocated for women’s health issues through the Ripa Center for Women’s Health and Wellness at Cooper University Health Care in New Jersey.
Ripa once teased her husband by telling her she was leaving him with their three children for the weekend. She said she needed to hire three babysitters to help him.
“When I came back, I had a babysitter meet me in the elevator. They said to me, ‘I can’t die,'” Lipa laughs.
University of Michigan Regents Dennis Illich and U.S. Congressman Haley Stevens, D-Rochester Hills, were among the many prominent Michigan women in attendance. The amount of support for women’s health issues has been inspiring, Fenner said.
“This is about being able to help and support the women and people of Michigan,” Fenner said.
For more information on the event, visit victors.us/womenslunch.
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