The Third Annual Gobble Wobble host committee would like to thank all of you for supporting our third and most successful Gobble Wobble. This past Friday 400 people came out to support CATCH – Sparky Anderson’s Charity for Children and kick off the holiday season at the Third Annual Gobble Wobble. Friday’s event raised $10,000 for CATCH – Sparky Anderson’s Charity for Children, allowing them to continue to help improve quality of life for sick, injured and at-risk pediatric patients who receive care from Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Henry Ford Hospital. Additionally our book drive collected over 50 books that will be given to children spending their holiday in the hospital this season.
Again, we cannot thank you enough for all coming out to support this event that has now become a Thanksgiving tradition. We hope everyone has a healthy and happy holiday season and we look forward to seeing you all at next years Fourth Annual Gobble Wobble.
We leave you with a heart warming story from CATCH:
“I want to share a heart-warming story about how CATCH helped bring a family back together.
A couple from the war-torn Republic of Liberia arrived in the United States in 2005 with only two of their five children. Like most families, they were separated when fighting broke out in their village. Because refugees matched with a sponsor only consist of family members present at the time of sponsorship, many refugees living in the United States and all over the world have children, parents and siblings still in refugee camps.
“Our” family, which was receiving care at a Children’s Hospital school-based health center, ran into complications applying for refugee status for the remaining three children. Birth certificates were unacceptable as they were issued well after the birth of the children. The only option was costly DNA testing.
The family scrimped and saved what they could from their minimum wage jobs, but came up short. CATCH came to the aid and provided the balance of the funds needed, which paved the way for an emotional family reunion earlier this year.
This is what CATCH is all about: providing funding for the little things that make a big difference for children and their families.
Whether it be helping this family, or paying for the re-wiring of a home to support a ventilator and other medical equipment for a child discharged from the hospital, or paying for behavioral treatment plans for children on the autism disorder spectrum not covered by insurance, CATCH dollars make a difference.”