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Metro Detroit Director

Esther Skiba

Advisory Board

Beth Monicatti-Blank
Carol Almeranti
Cynthia Malis
Debbie Hormel
Dena Raminick
Elizabeth Kakos
Megan Maiani
Ruth Williams

The Metro-Detroit Chapter of the For A Day Foundation


The For a Day Foundation, a 501(C)(3) organization formerly operated as Queen for a Day, is committed to creating emotionally therapeutic experiences for seriously ill children and providing them and their families with a joyful and much needed diversion from the strain of chronic treatment. We use role models, make believe, and play therapy to give each child the opportunity to imagine and live out a fantasy while experiencing a moment of the childhood they all deserve.

Participating Michigan hospitals: William Beaumont-Royal Oak, St. John Hospital-Grosse Pointe, Children's Hospital of Michigan-Detroit, Mott Children's Hospital-Ann Arbor, Sparrow Hospital-Lansing and Hurley Hospital-Flint.

Visits with children also take place at Camp Quality-Fenton, Camp Quality-Traverse City, Gilda's Club-Royal Oak. FADF also does individual visits for children at home or in the hospital.

A special thank you to our everyday heroes that work to bring smiles to the children!
  • Ann Arbor Police Department
  • Detroit Fire Department
  • Detroit Police Department
  • Grand Blanc Township Police Department
  • Lansing Fire Department
  • Northville Police Department
  • Oakland County Sheriff's Department
  • Troy Police Department
  • East Lansing Police Department
  • Michigan State Police Department (Lansing post)
  • University of Michigan Department of Public Safety
  • Warren Police Department
For more information about The For a Day Foundation, volunteering or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Esther Skiba, director of the Metro Detroit chapter at 248.217.7656 or qfad.heroes@gmail.com.

The National Organization


Founded as Queen for a Day, The For a Day Foundation, a 501(C)3 non-profit organization, aims to provide memorable and emotionally therapeutic experiences for seriously ill children through positive attention, artistic expression, and self-confidence building activities. Founded in 2000, QFAD has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and in People Magazine.

The For a Day Foundation is committed to creating emotionally therapeutic experiences for seriously ill children—and providing them and their families with a joyful and much needed diversion from the strain of chronic treatment.

We use role models, make believe, and play therapy to give each child the opportunity to imagine and live out a fantasy while experiencing a moment of the childhood they all deserve.

We believe that by engaging and supporting these children with our programs, we not only offer them a brief respite from the realities of their illness and everyday hospital routine, but also a lasting and cherished memory to make any day a little brighter.

For more information about volunteer opportunities or sponsorship interest, please visit www.ForADayFoundation.org or write to:

 For a Day Foundation (FADF) National Headquarters
12 Desbrosses St
New York, NY 10013
Director: Jenna Edwards
jedwards@qfad.org

Chapter News


Our very own Megan Maiani wins award as Outstanding Young Leader of the Year from the Wyandotte Jaycees!

(February 2012) The Women of Wyandotte and the Wyandotte Jaycees decided to do the first every Woman of Wyandotte Gala this year. Twelve amazing women were nominated by their husbands, family members, friends, co-workers, and community members. We started out the week with an inspirational speaker who encouraged us to live life to the fullest and do not sweat the small stuff. She truly put into perspective why we were chosen to be nominated as outstanding women. We had so many treats along the way, a proclamation from the mayor, free manicures and hair do's for the big day, as well as a limo ride and a red carpet walk. When it was time for the awards, I was chosen as the Outstanding Young Leader of the Year from the Wyandotte Jaycees. This award is given out to a young leader between the ages of 18 and 40 who display qualities that it takes to become a leader and for outstanding commitment to serving their community. I was nominated by the President of the Wyandotte Jaycees, Jon Dehering. Jon nominated me for my active work in the Relay for Life, in which I co-chaired with him, Camp Quality, For a Day Foundation, and many other organizations. He highlighted these organizations because my passion and goals are set to go into pediatric oncology. If it were not for all the support from amazing people who pulled me into these organizations I would not be where I am today. I would like to thank Esther and everyone in the For a Day Foundation for always believing in me and supporting me from the very first event I helped out at (the fashion show selling tiaras with Esther three years ago). We do this because we love to help others and because someone in our life inspired us to give back what has been given to us. Hopefully, we can inspire someone else to give up something to help make their community a place they love to call home!

'From the Heart' Blog
Wonderful QFAD/Heroes volunteer Marcia Friedman blogs about the charity and a new product that she's donating to our chapter. http://beautyinfozone.com/2010/08/27/from-the-heart
QFAD wins Avon's Hello Tomorrow Fund

Esther E. Skiba is one step closer to fulfilling her dream of creating a better tomorrow for her community. Esther was named this week’s winner of the Avon Hello Tomorrow Fund, a weekly $5,000 cash award program to support individuals in their work to empower women. Esther will apply her award to help extend the reach of the “Queen for a Day” program, which aims to build self-esteem and counter the debilitating emotional side effects of cancer treatment in girls coping with the disease. read more

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