Civic Leadership Award Honoree 2011

Stewart Francke


Francke is one of Michigan’s favorite son performers and songwriters. From his beginnings in the Michigan industrial city of Saginaw to bright lights on national stages, his creative work has transformed the lives of thousands who’ve listened to his songs or read his writing. Francke has firsthand experience fighting cancer; surviving leukemia, a bone marrow transplant and several years of complications while still releasing records each of those years. An eBook on his experience with Leukemia and a bone marrow transplant, What Don’t Kill Me Only Makes Me Strong, will be published by Untreed Reads this year.

Stewart has been recognized by the Points of Light Foundation for his personal work in cancer patient support. The Stewart Francke Leukemia Foundation was presented the prestigious Partnership in Humanity Award by the Detroit Newspapers and he was named Volunteer of the Year by the National Marrow Donor Program in 2002.

He's been recognized by his peers in his community through a dozen Detroit Music Awards over the years, including Best Artist, Songwriter & Album. Hour Detroit readers voted him most popular musician 2002-2004 and was awarded a Creative Artist Grant by Artserve Michigan in 2004. In 2005 he published Between the Ground & God, a collection of essays that won two Indie Excellence Awards in 2007.

It’s for his work as s leukemia survivor to help the large amounts of people in our own towns who might not have the same advantages for care that The Twilight Foundation bestows Mr. Francke with the 2011 Twilight Civic Leadership Award.

Stewart Francke accepts award at the 2011 Twilight Awards Gala Cruise

"I'm thrilled to be part of such a reputable organization. I'm very honored to be recognized by the twilight foundation. My entire family attended the event, and love the night on the river."

-Stewart Francke

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