A coalition of contagious GOOD is running through the streets of Detroit. With an undeniable influence and the simple focus on helping others, a departure from ego has provided the landscape for change-makers to assemble and pool resources for mutual benefit, recognition, advancement of positive growth, locally and globally.
Tuesday at 11 a.m. Ch. 4’s Live In The D will be the stage for inspiring progress in the Motor City. We believe the quickest way to change the world, is by helping support those who already are. Everyday Team Good Sign engages and empowers communities around the world, calling attention to individuals and organizations who are leading by example, and helping others. Good Sign Magazine launches in July and will recognize social entrepreneurs, musicians, and professional athletes who are using their platform for good.
With the help of Street Democracy and D-App (Detroit apps for entrepreneurs), we will be hosting a charity event at The Eastern, in Eastern Market this Saturday, June 13th, from 9 AM to 2 PM. The event will be a social media party to raise funds and thank supporters with proceeds going to the Detroit2Austin Charity Bike Ride, Project Scissor Gait Foundation, and Street Democracy.
“It’s a Good Sign for a Good Cause” featuring local DJs, eateries, and distilleries. A $10 donation can be made by purchasing a ticket in advance, through. This is a family-friendly event, with activities for the kids. Falafill Detroit, in Midtown is donating their fresh, from scratch, fresh Middle Eastern food to support the cause.
Last Monday,I was contacted by photojournalist Alex Atwell, to be featured on WDIV for Live In the D. The following day we met outside Comerica Park, joined by a few a friends who are making progress in our community. Colin McConnell, Dane and Tyler Wittig will be riding their bicycles from Detroit2Austin in September for charity. This spectacular test of endurance, courage, and strength will raise money for Chive Charities, healing Vercammen Hearts, and the Coalition of Dwarf Advocacy. Show up for your community and experience the blessing of belonging. We are all part of this historic Renaissance and have the choice to have a voice in just what story we tell the world. We can ride with them by telling their story, engaging our community to support their mission, and the welcoming message it offers the world, from Detroit.
Chive Charities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which inspires theCHIVE’s online
The Vercammen family is a family of five boys, three of which have been born with congenital heart disease. Jacob was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and has undergone 3 open heart surgeries, multiple heart catheterizations, countless procedures and will eventually need a heart transplant. Carter was born at 31 weeks due to supra ventricular tachycardia in-utero. After he was born the doctors discovered he had a coarctation of the aorta and an atrial septal defect. He had 2 open heart surgeries and a 5 month hospital stay with many complications including a cardiac arrest. He has also developed pulmonary hypertension and preemie lung disease. He has attended physical therapy and speech therapy in a effort to catch up and is progressing well. Carter will be going in for another open heart surgery sometime in 2015. Weston was also delivered slightly early due to supra-ventricular tachycardia. After he was born he was life flighted to University of Michigan in a fatal rhythm called Ventricular Tachycardia.
CoDA was started in 2009 by Actor Martin Klebba. Martin’s work includes Pirates of the Caribbean I, II, III, Mirror Mirror, Oz the Great and Powerful, Scrubs to name a few. He is currently filming Pirates 5 and just got done shooting Ted II and Jurassic World. One in 40,000 people are born with dwarfism. Coda is developing programs helping the little person community with scholarship’s awarded at the national Little Person convention, and help facilitate some of the financial burden of adoption. In many countries little people are treated like social outcasts; CoDA’s goal is to find a loving home for dwarf orphans.
While Good Signing in the heart of Detroit, we crossed passed paths with motivational speaker and founder of Project Scissor Gait, Marty Sheedy. Being born with multiple congenital deformities including Arthrogryposis Congenita Multiplex and Prune Belly Syndrome, doctors told his parents that Marty would not live past the age of three and if he did, Marty would not walk or function normally. Marty works to educate, promote and provide research opportunities on the scissor gait walking pattern he uses. Marty is a motivational speaker who infuses courage and hope in the lives of children and families effected by Arthrogryposis and Prune Belly Syndrome. Marty’s story is a beacon of light, penetrating dark and stormy clouds, offering safe harbor to millions of people who are taking on water and losing hope in their battle. Marty will be joining us tomorrow, Live On The D.
By partnering with The Eastern, a 5,000 square foot multi-use industrial space on Russell Street in the historic Eastern Market District. Groups can collaborate and share space as part their efforts to give back to the city they love. Throughout the year local charities are strategically chosen to participate and raise proceeds contributing to causes that assist children, fight hunger, and support the arts and culture.
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