Thunder Bay’s reputation as a city with a giant heart was continued


The Sleeping GiantTHUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay’s reputation as a city with a giant heart was continued again on Sunday. Kim Berly reports, “We raised $7590.53, with more money to come in on Wednesday from the Boston Pizza fundraiser. Go to any Boston Pizza and tell them your dining at Boston for Michael Michon and 10% of your bill goes to Michaels fund!!

Here is the letter I wrote thanking everyone:

Ok friends of Michael Michon, are you ready, YOU WILL BE AMAZED how big a heart Thunder Bay has!! All I can say is right now after counting once.. we have grand total so far and I’m astounded…

First off, I want to thank all the volunteers who helped me in making this day a great success. Secondly, I want to thank all the citizens of Thunder Bay and surrounding areas for coming out and helping to raise this AWESOME amount!

Thirdly, to Michael Michon and his family, Thank you for allowing me to be apart of something so special.

Thank you to all the vendors who donated 20% of all their earning today, they took a day that is usually spent with their families to help Michael, you are truly awesome.

Thank you to Lu Lu and Sissy the Clowns for the wonderful laughter with the fundraising face painting and to the volunteers who were face painted, I loved the laughs.. you guys and gals were awesome!

Thank you to Caleb Hawkins for performing his song before the Big Silent Draws….you made me break down and cry and I had to leave the room.

Thank you to Current River Rec for donating the use of their hall.

Thank you to Arlene Halverson, who is also battling cancer again (she was the Current River Rec Lady who worked today) and she worked hard too!

A very special thank you to all the media who advertised our event daily. My mom and dad said thank you for saying I am a good child and that they raised me right (they were surprised actually) 🙂

A big Thank you to all the people I never met before today for making this day a great success.

Thank you to Shirley & Darlene, and to the Michon relatives for being so awesome today.

Thank you to Pepsi for donating all the pop and green tea, thank you to Old Dutch for donating chips and a very special thank you to Jim Stadey of Eat Local Pizza, your pizzas were awesome and everyone kept asking where we got them from, so my daughters posted a sign saying Pizzas donated by EAT LOCAL!!

Thank you to everyone who I contacted or friends and friends of friends who brought in donations, you are truly amaze me. Thank you to all our Thunder Bay businesses, without you today would not have been possible!

Thank you to all my friends and family for putting up with my disappearing act this week. My new motto in life is GO BIG OR GO HOME!! If your gonna do something, do it big, or dont bother.. .hahaha

Thank you to Vince Mirabelli for understanding why he volunteers and gives so much of his time to help others, its a feeling I will never forget. Vince helped me out with contacts and I have a deep admiration for him. (it helps that he is adorable)

Ok, my last thank you, Thank you to Facebook for allowing me to meet such awesome people who just last week I never knew, today I made a bunch of new friends who touched my heart and whom I will never forget, when I got home I had 28 new friend requests!!

I’m humbled and honoured to say that today Sunday January 15th after 7 days of collecting donations and gift packages from businesses in our fine city, strangers rallied together for a great cause, and I am proud to say that as a community who cares about not only our children, but others as well, together we raised just over $7590.53 cents.

There is still Wednesday January 18th at either Boston Pizza to add to this tally. So please dont stop giving. And as for me, I’m going back to being shy and recluse, a hermit. Thanks for the ride Michael!! Enjoy Florida!

Kim Berly

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