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Open Heart Magic Michigan's Fundraiser:

Bring hospital magic to Michigan kids via Open Heart Magic

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BENEFITING: OPEN HEART MAGIC

Open Heart Magic Michigan

THE STORY:

Let's bring hospital magic to Michigan & help our kids through Open Heart Magic.

Since 2003 Open Heart Magic has brought magic, amazement and smiles to sick kids throughout nine hospitals in the greater Chicago area. Just this year alone, over 7,000 kids will receive one-on-one magic at their bedsides to help them laugh and feel better. 

And you can help bring magic to Detroit & Ann Arbor.

The Inspiration: Justin Rochkind and his love of Magic

Justin Rochkind was 14 years old and a freshman at West Bloomfield (MI) High School when he was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare childhood cancer.  He passed away on July 10, 2004. 

From the age of eight, Justin fell in love with magic.  He practiced for hours each day and amazed his friends and adults with his sleight of hand illusions.  He performed for children’s parties and hardly went anywhere without a deck of cards in his pocket.   Magic helped sustain his emotions during his illness and gave him a sense of pride.  While hospitalized at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Justin would bring smiles to the younger kids' faces with his illusions.  He loved amazing them with his magic. David Copperfield even called Justin to talk “magician to magician” after Justin’s surgery. Justin's love of Magic is a key inspiration in bringing Open Heart Magic to Metro Detroit. 

Why Magic?

For kids undergoing medical treatment, magic has therapeutic value. According to research in education, social work, and psychology:

  • Magic is a beneficial tool for gaining trust, decreasing tension, and establishing rapport when working with children and adolescents.
  • Magic enhances patients’ cognitive functions, perception, neuromuscular and motivational skills.
  • Magic is an innovative technique for reaching children who are scared, isolated and resistant to other forms of therapy.
  • Magic is a means for utilizing the powerful benefits of humor and laughter both for the young patients and also their siblings and families who are undergoing some of the most stressful moments of their lives.

Using trained volunteer magicians, Open Heart Magic offers personalized and interactive bedside performances, and work with kids of all ages, regardless of physical or developmental restrictions. They offer support to kids who are in for a one-time ER visit, as well as patients undergoing long-term treatment for conditions such as pediatric cancer, childhood diabetes, heart problems, and pediatric heart transplants. OHM's performances also benefit the parents and siblings of these patients, who are experiencing the stress and uncertainty that illness brings as well. 

Watch videos of the healing power of magic http://www.openheartmagic.org/your-stories/videos/

Now Michigan!

Open Heart Magic wants to serve sick children in hospitals throughout the greater Detroit and Ann Arbor areas. Please help bring magic and amazement to our kids here in Michigan.  

 

Open Heart Magic is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

CHECKS: 

If you would like to send a check, please mail your check payable to “Open Heart Magic” to the address below (please write “Michigan Kids” on the memo portion.  Open Heart Magic is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

Open Heart Magic – Michigan Fundraising
17 E Monroe Street
#116
Chicago, IL 60603

 

A special thanks to the Rochkind and Roman families for organizing this appeal.

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To This Fundraiser

$6,025

MONEY RAISED
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  • Sandy Rochkind

    $100

  • Elizabeth Hepola

     

  • Adam and Sarah Rochkind

    $1,000

  • Michelle Budaj

    $18

  • Carrinicole & Chadwick Turner

    $50

  • Andrew Farage

    $18

  • Brent Weinstein

    $50

  • Desiree Flores

     

  • Anne Jennings

    $20

  • The Vincent Family

    $50

  • The Lupu Family

    $100

  • Natalie Novak

    $20

  • Espinosa

     

  • Max Benesi

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Cara Berg

     

  • Ali Barash

     

  • Whitney Harris-Linton

     

  • Gina Ramirez

    $25

  • Greg Nicholson

    $100

  • Greg Goodfried

     

  • Donna Kregoski

    $25

  • Dana and Tom Patchak

     

  • Hayden Walling

     

  • Donna Delshad

     

  • Jaime Kobin

     

  • Sylvia & Ron Marabate

    $50

  • Jennifer Hollander

     

  • Michael DeCastro

     

  • Julia

    $50

  • Rob Jurewicz

    $18

  • Justin Rochkind

    $50

  • David Blaker

    $100

  • Rene Jones

     

  • Mearyl Diskin

    $18

  • Brandon Zamel

     

  • Rabbi Ellie Steinman

     

  • Koz

     

  • Derek Hoffman & Family

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • susie and bill graham

    $100

  • Jared, Lisa, Milo and Levi Rothberger

    $118

  • Brad Combs

     

  • Lynne & Norm Roman

    $180

  • Anna Brower

     

  • Chriss A. Golden

     

  • T Rogoff

    $30

  • Elizabeth Raybee

    $18

  • Anonymous

    $18

  • Lori & Bruce Fidler

    $36

  • Amy Rothberger

    $50

  • Brad Gershel

    $36

  • Matthew Cohen

    $43

  • Blake Rochkind & Allison Marabate

    $180

  • Ayo Adeyeye

    $20

  • Gabe Neistein

    $36

  • Claire Weiner and Kirk Brower

     

  • Zack Chutz

    $50

  • Jenn Rhein

     

  • Norton Family

    $250

  • The Hourihans

    $50

  • Matarazzo Family

    $50

  • Karen Ray

    $50

  • Kendall and Adam Ostrow

     

  • Ronda Robinson

     

  • Meryl Goldsmith

     

  • Jay

     

  • Susie

    $50

  • Elliott & Elyse Milstein

    $200

  • LIsa & Larry Rich

     

  • Bubbles LaTush

    $100

  • Jankovsky Family

    $200

  • Sandra Jaslow

     

  • Phyllis and Ernest Ring

     

  • Andrea Rogoff

     

  • Max Siskin

    $18

  • Jodi

    $18

  • Jane Bernier

    $50

  • Jesse Paikin

     

  • Caryn Roman

    $18

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Melissa Rosen & Marc Bauer

     

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5% Raised of $125,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Melissa Rosen & Marc Bauer

Melissa Rosen & Marc Bauer

In Memory of Justin Rochkind 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $30

Marking Justin's 30th birthday on March 22, 2016 2 years ago

Caryn Roman

Caryn Roman

DONATION: $18

With love from Kutz, where memories of Justin are all around 3 years ago

Jesse Paikin

Jesse Paikin

May Justin's memory continue to be for a blessing 3 years ago

Jane Bernier

Jane Bernier

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Jodi

Jodi

DONATION: $18

4 years ago

Max Siskin

Max Siskin

DONATION: $18

4 years ago

Phyllis and Ernest Ring

Phyllis and Ernest Ring

4 years ago

Sandra Jaslow

Sandra Jaslow

4 years ago

Andrea Rogoff

Andrea Rogoff

4 years ago