Volunteers needed April 26 & 27 at Fire on Ice a 2 Day Hockey Tournament
Located at: Troy Sports Arena 1819 E Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48083
Scorekeepers and raffle sellers needed
We have morning and afternoon shifts available
Fill out the form below or contact Karen Johnson at 248-601-9474
Volunteer at the Annual Spring Fling-Easter Bunny at the Village of Rochester Hills
104 Adams Rd, Rochester, MI 48309 (Located at Adams and Walton)
Saturday, April 9th from 11:00-2:30 to help with various kids activities.
Fill out the form below or Contact Karen Johnson at 248-601-9474
Rochester, Mich. (WXYZ) – Funeral services for boxing great Muhammad Ali are set for this week in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky but the former heavyweight champion also had strong ties to the state of Michigan.
Ali lived in Berrien Springs in southwest Michigan for nearly two decades. He also had a historical tie to the Rainbow Connection, a Rochester-based non-profit that grants wishes to Michigan children with life-threatening illnesses.
On July 26, 1985, Ali made a special visit to 16-year old John Bowden at Children’s Hospital in Detroit.
“Muhammad Ali made the very first wish come true for the Rainbow Connection,” said Mary Grace McCarter, the organization’s executive director. “You can’t get anymore significant than that.”
While the former boxing champion’s visit was set up specifically for John, it did not surprise McCarter that Ali spent time with other children receiving treatment on the floor that day.
“He really showed the magic of making a dream come true,” said McCarter of Ali’s visit. “Not just that day for John Bowden but for us to know to keep forging ahead, that making a dream come true for a child who’s so sick is a deal changer for everybody.”
Since that very first wish, Rainbow Connection has granted 3,113 others, including 162 in 2015. The wish board in the Rainbow Connection office displays photos of dozens of other children who will see their dream come true in the months ahead.
“Kids wish to go somewhere or to get something or to meet someone, like Muhammad Ali, to meet someone famous that they would never, ever otherwise meet,” she said.
The gesture by Ali brought some joy to the 16-year old during a most difficult time. John died a few days later but the memory of the visit and its impact on the teen remains with his family members to this day.
DIMONDALE, Mich (WLNS) – It’s not just a good day for 5-year-old Aidyn Sharrow.
It’s a life-changing day.
The little guy is the newest honorary Michigan State Police trooper and it’s all thanks to The Rainbow Connection.
Aidyn is currently fighting leukemia and it was his wish to join the men and women in blue.
Aidyn and his family are spending the whole day with troopers, getting to see the canine units up close in action and even riding in a MSP helicopter.
For troopers involved in Aidyn’s special day it’s means the world to see a smile on his face.
“Here’s an opportunity for us to bring some happiness to a young man’s life and to his family and to let the public know that their Michigan State Police are out to protect them and to serve them with a true purpose,” said MSP First Lt. Troy Allen.
The “Rainbow Connection”, which granted Aidyn’s wish, helps make dreams come true for Michigan children dealing with life-threatening conditions.
Trent is 10 years old and was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when he was just 2 years old. Although his diagnosis is a daily struggle Trent has managed to play baseball for as far back as he can remember. He just loves the game and is a huge Detroit Tigers fan. Trent’s dream was to go to a Tigers game and meet Miguel Cabrera!
On the big day the limo came to Trent’s house in Jackson and drove him, his Dad and his grandpa to Comerica Park. Trent was so excited!
He watched the team practice and met many players and then Miguel Cabrera came out to Trent and gave Trent his batting gloves and shook Trent’s hand. Trent was so moved he started to cry. Miggy said “Hey, dry those tears. We are hoping you will throw out the first pitch!”
Trent looked at Miggy and then to his Dad and said “This is the best day of my life.”
Harrison was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma at age twelve. He was referred to The Rainbow Connection when he was thirteen and his dream came true when he traveled to Washington D.C. with his family. On his wish trip, Harrison toured The White House and the FBI Building and created memories with his family he still cherishes today. Now at 19, he is attending Delta College to study Mechanical Engineering.
At his very first wish meeting, Harrison’s Wish Coordinator, Nancy Schick, spoke to him about The Rainbow Connection Scholarship Program. Five years later, while getting ready to begin his education at Delta College, Harrison recalled that conversation and applied for a scholarship through The Rainbow Connection website. The Rainbow Connection was proud to award Harrison with a scholarship towards his education at Delta College.
Harrison says “I had a goal in my mind that I would beat cancer and with the help of The Rainbow Connection I would help bring hope and restore normality to Michigan children who have cancer. I also knew that by being a part of this group that I was being welcomed into a loving and caring family.”