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For a Day is a 501(C)(3) organization whose mission is to raise the self-esteem of children of all ages, who are fighting cancer and other illnesses. Through fun events and special visits, we offer a respite from their battle, if only "for a day."

2015 Events

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6th Annual "Run with the Cops, not from Them!" fundraising race Belle Isle, Detroit, April 25, 2015
By Sgt Carol Almeranti, Race Coordinator and FAD Director, Megan Maiani
We finally had a year without rain or snow! We had over 400 runners and walkers this year. Our volunteer core did a fantastic job of setting up in the rain, running registration, and manning our water stations. Amongst the crowd was Detroit Police Chief James E. Craig, whom we would like to thank for all his support, and allowing the Detroit Police to bring equipment out and have officers to explain the different areas of law enforcement to the crowd. Our wonderful sponsors continue to support us in the best ways!

This year our event included a 1-Mile fun walk/run, and two US American Track and Field certified courses, the 5k and 10k. Also in attendance was DPD’s Bomb Squad, Dive Team, Mounted Unit, Special Response Team, Aviation Unit, and many others. We thank our runners/walkers, volunteers and police officers for braving the elements and supporting our worthy cause!

Please visit www.everalracemgt.com for race results for the 5k and 10k runners and our Facebook page for photos!

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors!

2015 Sponsors


In Kind Sponsors
  • All Seasons Communications
  • Accents Tees
  • CWD Creative Designs
  • Run Detroit
  • Whole Foods
  • Absopure
  • Creative Print Crew
$100 Sponsors, Bronze
  • Jay Muij, State Farm
$250 Sponsors, Silver
  • Wayne County Detectives Association
  • The Galloup Groug
  • Sudnick Law
  • Joan Warner, State Farm
  • Steve Azumi, Northwestern Mutual
$500 Sponsors, Gold
  • Detroit Police Lieutenant and Sergeant Association
  • Mary Ewasyshyn, Ameriprise Financial
  • Dr. Jeffery Reider, DDS
  • Victory Liquor and Food
  • Gibson Brothers Trucking
$1000 Sponsors, Platinum
  • Detroit Police Officers Association


"Royal Tuck-In" Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, April 24, 2015
By Beth Monicatti Blank-Sparrow Hospital, Tuck-In Coordinator and FAD Advisory Board Member
“Royal Tuck In"— For a Day-Detroit Chapter Tuck in at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing last night! We tried to bring the warm weather with our visit that included flower "antlers", flowered bags of candy and sunny dispositions! Many thanks to Ashley Floyd, Cindy Meteyer, Shawn Schram and Sandy for doing a great job! We all dressed up to bring some spring fun to the pediatric unit at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. 14 kids ages 19 months to 23 years were given candy, books, stuffed animals, blankets, bookmarks, to celebrate the warmth. Thanks to Shawn Schram for the special spring books!


"Royal Tuck In" Hurley Children's Hospital, Flint, Michigan, March 30th, 2015
By Erin Jenkinson: For A Day Hurley Children's Hospital Chairperson
This evening we celebrated the Easter holiday with 10 boys and 12 girls! I made sure every child received a special treat from my Easter basket that was piled high with pretty colored candy filled eggs. You can imagine the squeals of happiness when the children popped open their eggs to find yummy treats! As I was making my way to every room I too got a special surprise, I ran into the Easter Bunny! I think my Hurley kiddos were very spoiled tonight with all the festive activities, crafting, lots of goodies, tiaras, boas, fireman hats and more that I gave out. I always leave my visits with a sweetness that keeps me coming back. Tonight, I had a nurse tell me how a mother was crying after I left, not because of sadness but because she was so touched that I spent time with her twins this evening. She was so grateful for my gifts and kindness toward her and her little ones. If you ever wonder what we do makes a difference just know it does! It is such a blessing to be a blessing to those who need a gentle hug.

If you are interested in joining me at Hurley Children’s Hospital on April 20th, 6-8pm contact: Erin Jenkinson 810-241-5671. See you in April!


"Royal Tuck-In" Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, February 12, 2015
By Beth Monicatti Blank-Sparrow Hospital, Tuck-In Coordinator and FAD Advisory Board Member
“Royal Tuck In"—Valentine’s Edition was a huge success! Aimee Fitzgerald, Shawn Schram, Kim Gottesman, Office Tonya Williams from the East Lansing Police Department and our amazing escort from Sparrow Hospital Cynthia Meteyer all dressed up to bring some Valentine fun to the pediatric unit at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. We wore pink or red and had heart antennas on our heads! 14 kids ages 4 months to 22 year we gave them a Valentine, candy, books, stuffed animals, blankets, bookmarks, to celebrate the holiday. Thanks to Marta Gottesman and Shawn Schram for the special books!


Donation from Beverly School, January 2015
By Esther Skiba, FAD Detroit
FAD, would like to thank the students of Ms. Janice Hausman, from Beverly School, in Beverly Hills for the beautiful box of winter themed bookmarks for our hospital visits.


An Afternoon at DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids, January 30th, 2015
By Erin Jenkinson: For A Day DeVos Children's Hospital Chairperson
“Do you want to build a Snowman?” What a fun way to celebrate January and all the snow in Grand Rapids! We brought Olaf to life at DeVos Children’s hospital this afternoon. Every child enjoyed crafting their very own Olaf! Even the bigger kids pulled themselves away from the video games to join in on the snowman making fun! I guess Olaf has a special place for every heart. I also brought out the glitter tattoos and boy were they a hit! One very special young lady jumped in and became the patient/tattoo artist’s. She was so excited to give everyone a tattoo, including a golden cobra tattoo on the police officer who came to hang out with us for the afternoon. Speaking of police officer’s, Officer Canine King joined us for the afternoon craft party, Officer King is also known as the DeVos Hospital resident canine police dog. The kids loved having King with us for the afternoon. All and all the afternoon was filled with canine kisses, crafting and cool glittery tattoos. I am looking forward to our visit in early spring! If you would like to join me at DeVos contact me at Erin Jenkinson 810-241-5671 Hope to see you there.


"Royal Tuck In" Hurley Children's Hospital, Flint, Michigan, January 19th, 2015
By Erin Jenkinson: For A Day Hurley Children's Hospital Chairperson.
Baby its cold outside, burr! A great big thank you goes out to Esther Skiba for getting me warm fleece blankets to pass out tonight at Hurley. The kids loved getting warm socks and a cozy blanket to cuddle in on this really cold January evening. I read several stories, passed out lots of books, crafts, tiaras, and goodies tonight. I was surprised to finish up a little early with 23 children visited, 13 boys and 10girls in all! I think the cold weather made everyone want to snuggle in and hibernate. If you are interested in joining me at Hurley Children’s Hospital on February 23rd, 6-8pm contact: Erin Jenkinson 810-241-5671. See you in February!


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