About Rainbow Connection

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 in need.


To be recognized as the leading wish granting organization in Michigan.

We Believe…

…Our wish families must be treated with compassion and respect in a confidential manner.

…Collaboration and partnership make us stronger.


The Rainbow Connection was created in 1985 by L. Brooks Patterson as a tribute to his friends Janet and Ron Dobson and specifically their two children Jennifer and Tim who perished in a plane crash. The Dobson family traveled on Ron’s private airplane to a wedding in Canada. Not long into the trip, the plane’s oil pump froze.

Tragically, Ron and the children did not survive the crash, and Janet was critically injured. A golf outing, the Dobson Open, was created in remembrance of the kids. Janet Dobson remains an active member of The Rainbow Connection Board of Directors.

Since 1985, we have granted the wishes of over 3,600 eligible Michigan children, as well as provided special assistance, enhancements and support to our wish families when needed.