The Carnival was a big hit, a lot of work and with a satisfying ending.
You were able to get an army of volunteers, loads of financial contributors, decorators, performers, and bring clients to the party. It was a great day to get out and have fun. Many clients brought families. They had an opportunity to be together in a different environment and forget about their cares for a day.
Thanks to all who made it possible.
Mary Ellen & Gerald Clark
Last Saturday, March 11. My family had the opportunity to experience the joy and hope for the future by attending the 6th annual Carnival of Care at the Sterling Hts. Inn. Deborah Johnson created the first one as a part of our Team Leadership and Management Course sponsored by Landmark Education. What an explosion of TEAM as she and volunteers have expanded the event year after year. I always admired her enthusiasm and creativity as she served brain injured clients and their families and care givers by providing a day of Rest, Relaxation and Community Support and great fun.
Last April my adult son suffered a brain injury resulting in short term memory loss. So I took advantage of this opportunity to see just what this event would provide. What an enormous event that included hundreds of volunteers, physically impaired visitors and families. There were clowns, many fun activities that provided prizes for every participant at each booth. There were many vendors sharing their resources for participants and families. We personally connected with several resources that will be helpful for my son to work toward healing of his short term memory loss. His wife was able to chill out with a message and connect with several community agencies that will be helpful. The children watched the rabbit races, stage entertainment and participated in multiple activities. We also had a fabulous buffet including beverages and desserts. All this was without charge. Thank you so much to Deborah and all the volunteers and donations to make this a memorable, exciting and most helpful event.
My name is Alan D. Opra and I’m honored to write this Letter of Support for the Careforward Foundation. As an above the knee amputee due to the actions of a Drunk Driver I’m grateful that this wonderful organization exists. I’ve been fortunate enough to attend their annual Carnival of Care event as a vendor and a participant.
In the past three years I’ve had a booth with the UAW Region 1 Veterans Council and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Michigan. Through the Carnival of Care we have been able to help Veterans and family members by giving them information on benefits that many didn’t know they were qualified for.
With the expenses and daily struggles of persons with disabilities every avenue of help is much needed. To be able to help our nations Veterans and their Families with any type of financial aid or services is truly a blessing. Without the Carnival of Care I wouldn’t have the opportunity to make contact with these Veterans and their Families.
This event has grown in size every year which definitely shows a strong need for the services it provides. Not only is it fun for the children it’s also educational for their parents and attentive care nurses. The other great service this event provides is having so many disability service providers in one place.
In closing I pledge my support to the Careforward Foundation as long as their services are needed. I would ask you to please provide any type of support you can for this outstanding organization because unfortunately their services will always be needed. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like any further information I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Alan D. Opra, Chairman, UAW Region Veterans Council
I would like to share what the Carnival of Care has meant to my family. My youngest daughter was hit by a car at the age of 4 ½, back in 2003. She has and is still, working hard on physical therapy. Our lives were turned upside that December of 2003. Since then, our family schedule centers around caring for her needs.
Carnival of Care offers many things to our family. First, it is one day of fun for us to spend with people of all ages who are recovering from a traumatic brain injury. The kids get to play games and share their story with other families. Secondly, we notice that we are very grateful because her injuries could have been much more severe as with other survivors. Thirdly, my husband and I get pampered for a little while with a massage or just to relax and let Amanda go and play the games. Lastly, I like talking with many different kinds of services and providers whose main focus is to help survivors with traumatic brain injuries. I can stay up to date on things developing or services possible to help my daughter.
Thank you for helping such a great organization.
Please share your story about the Carnival of Care! You can e-mail or write us a letter to the address below. We would love to hear from you!
18000 West Nine Mile Rd., Suite 400
Southfield, MI 48075