By Carissa Hutchinson

The Detroit Chapter of the For a Day Foundation is a non-profit that partners with Royal Oak Beaumont, St. John Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Michigan and more to host events for seriously ill children and their families.

Coming up on May 3rd is their 5th annual charity fund-raiser “Run with the Cops, not from Them!” starting at 9:30 AM on Belle Isle. Sergeants Jeremy James and Carol Almeranti of the Detroit Police Department helped create the run four years ago. Since they are both very athletic they wanted to do something outside as a fundraiser and Belle Isle was the perfect place.

“We’re extremely excited to hold our charity run again on Detroit’s beautiful Belle Isle. Our great group of volunteers and the enormous support of the Detroit Police Department make this another great success. We’ve got races and a walk for all levels of fitness and entertainment to make this a really memorable event,” says James.

Chief James E. Craig of the Detroit Police Department will start the race with special appearances by the Detroit Police Department’s Special Response Team, Bomb Squad, Dive Team, and Mounted Unit.  Come early and get warmed up for the race with Jennifer Gray, founder of Body Beautiful Boot Camp and Body by Jenn.

The cost of the May 3rd event is $30 for the 5k and 10k timing chip race and $20 for the 1-Mile Family Run/Walk. Groups of five or more can receive $5 off each registration. All supporters can register at Sponsorships and donations of any amount are also available.

Funds raised by this charity run will support The For A Day Foundation’s programs like Royal Tuck In, Gimme A Break, An Afternoon Under the Big Top and one of the children’s favorites, the annual Fashion Show.  These events give children the chance to have fun and pretend to be something else other than just a patient.

I loved pretending when I was a kid. Sometimes I would pretend that I was a princess, Sleeping Beauty to be exact. Other times my cousin and I would pretend that we were fairies and we would fly all over my front yard. The best part of pretending was for that  moment I was whatever I wanted to be and the real world disappeared. By supporting The For A Day Foundation, you give these kids the chance to pretend and possibly make their real world a better place.

Carissa Hutchinson is a senior at Ferris State University studying television and digital media production. She’s currently on two internships with CBS 62/CW50 Detroit and M-1 Studios in Ferndale. While attending college she was a very active member of Delta Zeta and the Media Communications Association. Take a look at Carissa’s work at




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