Ron Dobson, his wife Janet, and their two children, Tim and Jennifer, traveled on Ron’s private airplane to a wedding in Canada on May 9, 1980. Not long into the trip, the plane’s oil pump froze and the plane went down.
Tragically, Ron and the children did not survive the crash, and Janet was critically injured. In August of that year, L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive, and other dear friends held a memorial golf outing to raise scholarship funds in honor of Tim and Jennifer.
From that humble beginning has evolved what is now today The Rainbow Connection, a Michigan based 501 (c) 3 charity dedicated to making dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening medical conditions. Janet Dobson remains on the Board of Directors.
Since 1985, we are humbled and proud to have made dreams come true for over 3,300 eligible Michigan children, and we look forward to the next 30 years and beyond to fulfill many more children’s dreams.
Mission and Vision
The Rainbow Connection makes dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening medical conditions. In addition, we provide support services to eligible wish families experiencing financial difficulties.
To be recognized as the leading wish granting organization in Michigan.
To continue to meet or exceed industry standards.
To maintain financial stability.
We should treat our wish families with compassion and respect in a confidential manner.
In representing The Rainbow Connection with integrity and accountability.
More is accomplished through collaboration and partnership.