2015-08-19 / News

Rainbow Connection to host annual Walk for Kids at Kensington Metropark


The Rainbow Connection will host its annual Walk and Run for Kids this Saturday, August 22 at Kensington Metropark. (Photo courtesy of The Rainbow Connection.) The Rainbow Connection will host its annual Walk and Run for Kids this Saturday, August 22 at Kensington Metropark. (Photo courtesy of The Rainbow Connection.) Join The Rainbow Connection for the 13th Annual Walk-Run for Kids this Saturday and help make dreams come true for children with life threatening illnesses.

New this year, a timed 5K will be included making it the perfect event for families and running enthusiasts alike .

The Annual Walk-Run for Kids is The Rainbow Connection’s largest fundraiser of the year, raising more than $300,000 last year. This year’s wish budget is the largest yet, making the Walk for Kids an essential part of making dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening illnesses.

“We have had a record number of wish children already in 2015,” said Mary Grace McCarter, executive director. “We rely on the generosity of the community to help us make dreams come true for these brave Michigan kids. The Walk for Kids is a family fun way for families to learn about The Rainbow Connection and give back to help families in their own community.”

From trips to Disney World to meeting celebrities and shopping sprees, The Rainbow Connection takes the dream of a Michigan child and makes it a reality. The Rainbow Connection has made dreams come true for more than 2,900 children and anticipates making dreams come true for more than 150 children in 2015.

The Wish Ambassador for the Walk-Run for Kids represents the hundreds of brave children battling life threatening illnesses. This year’s Metro Detroit Walk- Run Wish Ambassador is Josh from Chesterfield.

When Josh was diagnosed with Melanoma, his family was referred to The Rainbow Connection and Josh shared his dream to customize his car.

“I’m a huge car guy,” said Josh. “When the time came when I was asked what I wished for I had just gotten a new car that was sweet but I wanted to really deck it out.”

For Josh, the team worked tirelessly to make sure he had everything he wanted to put a smile on his face as he continues the exhausting medical treatments to win his battle against cancer.

“Working with The Rainbow Connection was nothing short of an awesome experience,” said Josh. “They listened to what my ideas were and came through with flying colors on every need and want of mine in order to make my dream car a reality!”

Josh, along with his family, will be at Kensington Metropark on August 22 to share his story. The day includes games, crafts, live entertainment, inflatables, huge raffle and lunch for everyone.

Walk registration begins at 8 a.m. Cost is $25 per walker and $35 per runner. To create a team and start fundraising, visit www.rainbowconnection.org/events. Kensington Metropark is located at 2240 West Buno Road in Milford Township.

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