As we all navigate these uncertain times, just knowing that The Rainbow Connection has the resources to assist Wish Families in need brings an overwhelming feeling of relief. Thankfully, we are using the Impact 100 Oakland County (OC) grant money to support our TRC wish families in Oakland County who need it the most. We have been purchasing Kroger gift cards for these families to help get them through these tough and uncertain times.
This did not go unnoticed by Kroger. Our good friend at Kroger, Rachel Hurst, immediately wanted to help. She has matched $5K from Impact 100 Oakland County with $5,000 in additional gift cards from the Kroger’s Foundation! Impact 100 Oakland County not only supports our wish families in these times of need, their money has sparked others to match their funds to help even more Oakland County families in need. Thank you Impact 100 Oakland County and Kroger!
The Rainbow Connection (TRC) is gearing up for a BIG week of wishes! This week, seven wishes are coming true! Five wish families are traveling to Disney World and two wish children are receiving shopping spree experiences. Today, we’re sharing stories from three of these wish children who will all experience their wishes this week!
Abrahm wakes up each morning and asks his mom “Is it time to go on vacation? To fly in the sky? To go to the beach?” He is so excited and his mom loves watching him and his big brother being “absolutely silly giddy” over this incredible experience. They have never been on a family trip and are really looking forward to this time together as a family. Later in February, Abrahm has cardiac testing and procedures so his wish will give him something positive to remember and time to play like a little kid.
Kassidy has a love of cheerleading and she is slowly regaining her strength to cheer with her team again. She is an only child and has a heart of gold. Even though she is battling cancer, Kassidy is always looking out for others. Her wish trip to Disney World is a total surprise! It has always been her dream to go to Disney World but until the limo pulls up in her driveway she will have no idea what is in store for her this week – but we know it will be magical!
Titus first met with TRC in September of 2019. His Disney World wish trip will be extra special because he is celebrating his fourth birthday! Titus is most looking forward to meeting all the Disney characters with his three siblings. His mom says, “I’m just in awe of everything we’ve experienced in the short time we’ve been a part of the TRC family! I cannot believe the amount of love and encouragement the whole team blesses us with!”
We are wishing magical adventures to all of our wish families travelling or experiencing their wishes this week! If you would like to learn more about our mission, click here.
[Rochester, Michigan, January 9, 2020] – The wishes of 15 Michigan children will be granted thanks to a generous donation made to The Rainbow Connection (TRC) by Mr. Tim Easterwood and his family.
Mr. Easterwood visited The Rainbow Connection headquarters in Rochester, Michigan to present the staff with a donation of $100,000. Those dollars will go directly to sponsoring the wishes of 15 Michigan children who have been diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.
For Tim Easterwood, a father of five, charities that focus on helping children with health issues have always spoken to him. The Rainbow Connection’s mission, in particular, hit close to home after having dealt with two children of his own battling life-threatening medical conditions. He learned first-hand the hardships parents and families go through – the feeling of helplessness and uncertainty.
Tim’s ultimate goal, besides his generous financial support, is to spread awareness of the important work The Rainbow Connection does for Michigan children. His hope is others will follow his lead in seeing the benefit of sponsoring wishes for these brave kids.
“Mr. Easterwood has supported our mission for several years and his generosity continues to amaze us. With the help of individuals like Tim, we are able to live up to our promise that no child in need of a wish will ever be turned away or made to wait,” shares TRC Executive Director, George Miller.
The Rainbow Connection is a 501(c)3 Michigan non-profit dedicated to fulfilling the wishes of children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Since 1985, The Rainbow Connection has granted over 3600 wishes to brave children right here in our community. Granting wishes is a way of providing families the opportunity to share a positive experience together, making lasting memories along the way and providing hope for a brighter future.
MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. (FOX 2) – Gabe is a little superhero of sorts, diagnosed with Leukemia when he was nine months old, this little boy is a true fighter.
But last month he had his third relapse and when doctors determined he was too sick for certain treatments his parents made the difficult decision to discontinue treatment and focus on life.
Gabe is doing all of the things that healthy kids get to do.
“His Joy has been the best part as long he’s enjoying himself, we’re enjoying ourselves,” Gabe’s mom Melissa Crowe said.
The blow-out birthday party was like something you would see in the movies, from a go-kart track to a bounce house to a candy station and a chocolate fountain.
“All of us in the family have been so overwhelmed at all the people coming out praying and supporting Gabe it’s beyond anything I could imagine it’s just wonderful,” Gabe’s grandmother Sandi Kruszyna said.
Rainbow Connection and Club Venetian collaborated on the epic celebration.
“I’ve been with the rainbow connection nearly 20 years and when I walked in the door today, I was blown away. I needed to take a moment because it was the most spectacular thing I’ve ever seen,” Ingrid Todt with Rainbow Connection said.
“Our hearts have been full ever since we got the phone call, and there hasn’t been one person that I called that said they could not help us they said Rita whatever you need we are here for you,” Rita Bolzan said with Pompeo and Club Venetian.
The birthday boy had an awesome time at his birthday party and that was the best gift of all, pure joy.
“He’s feeling so great just having so much fun and that’s the best part.”
A huge thank you to our friends at Heritage Oaks Landscaping! When we contacted them for advice on how to “spruce up” our front lawn, they jumped in and generously took on the entire project – what a gift! We are so grateful for this beautiful donation and we cannot wait to show it off! In just 3 days, their talented crew installed a new set of stairs, walkway, and upgraded our garden area. Stop on by and check it out!
Simply put, without our donors, The Rainbow Connection (TRC) would not be what it is today. Every act of kindness, every service and every dollar sets off its own series of unforeseen ripples. TRC is grateful to be supported by so many passionate, cause-driven donors and volunteers committed to granting wishes for Michigan children with life threatening medical conditions.
Our supporters give hope to wish children like Riley, who wished for a hot tub. On World Gratitude Day, TRC is sharing her story as a representation of the impact our donors and volunteers have on our mission.
Her dad shares the impact of Riley’s wish, “When we first told Riley she was eligible for a gift from The Rainbow Connection, she didn’t think it was real. Frankly, neither did I. It was really unique to watch a twelve year old little girl logically work through the decision process. She finally decided she wanted a hot tub. We asked her why she did not want a trip and she said, “A trip is great but you have to wait a long time for it and when it’s over it is gone. A hot tub lasts forever and everyone can enjoy it.
I remember the day we told Riley her wish was granted by TRC. She was in the middle of a rough chemotherapy treatment. She was physically drained and her spirits were low. When we told Riley her wish was granted, her entire face lit up and the color came back to her face. She was in disbelief and as we watched her fall asleep her smile stayed right on her beautiful face.
Riley spent, and this is not an exaggeration, the entire weekend in the hot tub! We call it “Riley’s Oasis” and she was so excited and happy. At one point, she had twenty Barbie dolls swimming with her in the hot tub.
We are back in the hospital this week for more chemotherapy and yes, it is rough. But the fact that she has “Riley’s Oasis” when she gets home is one of the biggest things keeping her going.”
These wonderful and unforgettable experiences like Riley’s would not be possible if not for the kind hearted donors and volunteers that make the magic of granting wishes possible. Thank YOU for your commitment to our wish children and making dreams come true – we couldn’t do this without you!
Kim has been volunteering with The Rainbow Connection for almost a year. She has quickly become a familiar face around our office and is our newest member of the Magic Closet Committee. This group of volunteers comes together monthly to brainstorm ideas and secure donations and items for our amazing auctions. She has a passion for fundraising and enjoys knowing that her efforts are helping to make wishes come true for our kids!
Kim is married and a mom to four grown children. After retiring from her own local retail business, Kim was actively volunteering with Gilda’s Club. When looking for something a little closer to home, Gilda’s Club referred her to The Rainbow Connection, where she’s been volunteering ever since! When Kim is not volunteering, she enjoys Michigan’s beautiful lakes and parks and even belongs to a paddle-board group up north.
Thank you, Kim, for all you do to support our wish kids and families!
In memory of our founder L. Brooks Patterson (1939-2019). Through his vision and compassion for helping those in need, over 3,500 wishes have been granted for Michigan children battling a life-threatening illness. Mr. Patterson’s honorable legacy will still carry on as we continue to provide hope, comfort, and joy to our wish families when they need it the most.
[Rochester, Michigan, June 26, 2019] – The Rainbow Connection announces a new partnership with Guernsey Farms Dairy. As part of the partnership, The Rainbow Connection logo will appear on all Guernsey products, including their world-famous chocolate milk and 31 flavors of ice cream. Messaging alongside the logo will encourage customers to learn more about the Michigan children’s charity. Together, these two companies have over 100 years of experience serving Michigan families.
Executive Director, George Miller shares, “The Rainbow Connection is honored to be chosen as the charity of choice by the Guernsey family. This is an outstanding opportunity for us to spread our mission across the state and we are privileged to be attached to such an amazing operation!”
Since 1940, Families across Michigan have enjoyed Guernsey’s tasty dairy products, from their award-winning milk to their distinctive ice cream.
Guersey Farms Dairy was built on the foundation of quality and commitment to creating excellent products, but the founders also believed in actively participating with the local community. One way Guernsey maintains that involvement is through this partnership with the Rainbow Connection.
The Rainbow Connection is a 501(c)3 Michigan non-profit dedicated to fulfilling the wishes of children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Since 1985, The Rainbow Connection has granted over 3500 wishes to brave children right here in our community. Granting wishes is a way of providing families the opportunity to share a positive experience together, making lasting memories along the way and providing hope for a brighter future. Our Enhancement and Special Response programs make us ‘more than a wish’ wrapping the family in an umbrella of care because we know families in crises need specialized support.
Years ago, a colleague brought Ryan Giacolone to the Dobson Open golf outing for the first time. Soon after he learned about how The Rainbow Connection helped Michigan children, Ryan knew he had found a mission he believed in. A father of four himself, Ryan understands the importance of family.
“Children are my passion. My kids are my passion. So I found an organization that serves other children and it really struck home for me. One of the most important things when you serve is that you’ve got to find a mission you believe in, or else you’re never going to be committed to it,” Ryan said.
In addition to volunteering for many years, Ryan has served on the Finance committee, as Vice President, and currently serves as President of the Executive Board.
Ryan’s enduring passion for football inspired him to sponsor a wish for another dedicated fan. Austin’s wish was to come face-to-face with the Seattle Seahawks players, and Ryan excitedly stepped up to sponsor the trip. After Austin returned, Ryan received a photo of Austin in the locker room, beaming with pride, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with NFL star, Russell Wilson. This photo serves as a reminder to Ryan that he helped to put a smile on Austin’s face, and the faces of his family members, during a very challenging time.
“When a child is fighting a life-threatening illness, the struggle extends far beyond the child to the family, siblings, and parents,” Ryan said. He feels that the Wish experience is truly a whole-family experience. “That’s what really means a lot to me. It’s not just that child [who experiences delight, but rather] the whole family experiences relief for a period of time, and they just get to enjoy some happiness.”