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The FOR A DAY FOUNDATION 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."

2014 events

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Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak "Gimme A Break", Monday, March 24, 2014, hosted by Ruth Williams, FADF Beaumont Coordinator and FADF Advisory Board Member
Our first night back at Beaumont this year was a steady night of patients and parents.

The kids loved getting glitter tattoo's (a lot of the parents too) then on to getting their nails done.

Facials and paraffin dips were a hit for the night and we pampered 23 people through the night. I am so thankful that I have Roz, Rose, and Dawn that work with me every visit. Now we just need someone to do massage!

Visit to St. John's Hospital in Detroit, March 19, 2014
by FADF Volunteer, Linda Almeranti
On a chilly, cloudy afternoon, our FADF volunteers, Carol Almeranti, Linda Almeranti and Karen Miller were greeted with smiles and laughter by the children we visited in Pediatrics. Carol delivered gift bags containing various surprises such as puzzles, crafts, blankets and toys to 6 children who were unable to come down to the Activities Room. Meanwhile, Karen and I assisted 4 children as they worked on selected crafts. The ages of the children ranged from 4 to 14 years old. We all had a great, heart-warming experience and look forward to our next visit at the end of June for a Fourth of July themed celebration.

"Royal Tuck In" Hurley Children's Hospital, Flint, Michigan, February 24, 2014
By Erin Jenkinson: For A Day Foundation, Hurley Children's Hospital Chairperson
Volunteers help with the Tuck In at Beaumont hospitalHurley Royal Tuck In was met with a very cold and snowy evening so I loaded up lots of fleece blankets and warm socks for my little patients tonight. I visited with 18 children, 10 boys and 8 girls. Lots of toys, tiaras, and fun crafts were given to the children tonight. Many laughs and good stories were shared. One particular Mom was a little tearful when I handed her a fleece blanket for her sleeping son, she stated, “He still cherishes the blanket you gave him a few years ago,” at this point I think we were both a little tearful. My last visit with an 8 year old boy again made this evening super special. After I brought him lots of goodies and we played with his new cars, I told him to sleep tight and get well really soon, as I was leaving the room, he whispered really loud, “See what I mean Mom, I love this place.” And these are the moments that drag me out in a blizzard.

See you April 14th, 2014, at Hurley Children’s Hospital. Contact Erin Jenkinson at 810-241-5671 if you would like to be a part of these visits.

"Royal Tuck-In" Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, February 27, 2014
By Beth Monicatti Blank-Sparrow Hospital, Tuck-In Coordinator and FADF Advisory Board Member
Hospital visit to bring cheer to sick kidsLots of smiles and thanks from the 16 kids we saw between the ages of 3 months and 17 years. During our 7pm “Tuck-In” we leave the kids with books, stuffed animals, blankets and night lights to make the evening less overwhelming. Thank you to Carol Almeranti, Cindy Malis, Cindy Meteyer from Sparrow, Officer Tonya Williams from the East Lansing Police Department and new volunteer Chethie Muthukuda. So great with the kids!

Valentine Wishes
By Esther Skiba, FADF Detroit Area Director
Thank you to teacher, Jennifer Ziemann, and students at The Roeper ValentinesLower School in Bloomfield Hills and to the students at Harvey Swanson School in Ortonville for the special valentine cards for our For a Day Foundation kids.

These cards are sure to brighten their day!

Coatcheck Fundraiser, Detroit Camper and RV Show, Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, MI, Saturday, February 8, 2014
by coordinator David Badaszewski
The lines and the crowds of people were endless all day, and they were generous once again too. Mother Nature kept it cold outside keeping everyone in their heavy winter coats. so this helped. We broke last year’s record take for donations by a landslide ... we collected $1155 in 2013, this year we collected $1670 in donations for this event.

A huge thank you to volunteers Sergeant Carol Almeranti, Cindy Malis, Amanda Hofbauer, Mary Magnan, Ron Chaney Jr, Kelly Fisher, Andy Blank, Ashley Floyd, Shawn Schram, her son Ethan, her daughter Marissa, Kimberly Gottesman, Lisa Legault, Jennifer Butkovich, and Esther and John Skiba for taking 2-2.5+ hours of your day to devote to a great cause. Your time and hard work to manage the hundreds of coats we checked is so appreciated. Collectively, the event was about 12 hours of teamwork. And a special thanks to Lee Ann Seymour for working with me all day.

Thanks to Beth Monicatti Blank for her help in coordinating this event and the Michigan Association of Recreational Vehicles and Campgrounds, www.marvac.org for donating the space. A big thank you to the Suburban Showplace staff too for their responsiveness is getting us more coat racks and hangers. Like last year, without them we would have lost donations due to limited coat space.

Roeper School, Student Donation
By Dena Raminick, FADF Advisory Board Member
On February 1, 2014 thirteen high schoolers from The Roeper School, along with their home room teacher Jamie Lyons-Eddy, produced their 8th Annual Talent Show. Over 350 people bought tickets to see twenty acts varying from singing, comedy sketches, dancing, and more. Noah Raminick, a For a Day volunteer and Roeper Junior was happy to include FADF in this years' donations. The group will donate $1000.00!

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