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  • Memorial Day Parades

    Posted by Jimmy C

    Memorial Day Parades

    Coldwater parade begins at 8:30 a.m.
    on Monday, Memorial day. The parade
    tarts at the corner of Hudson and East
    Chicago streets and winds through downtown
    along Chicago Street. The parade finishes
    at the corner of either Pierson Street
    or Walnut Street. The parade includes
    veterans, civic leaders and the
    Coldwater High School Marching Band.

    Marshall's Memorial Day Parade
    Downtown Marshall
    Michigan Avenue

    Allegan: The traditional parade begins at 10 a.m.
     in front of Griswold Auditorium and ends at the
    Oakwood Cemetery, where a brief ceremony will be held.

    Bloomingdale: The annual parade starts at 11 a.m.
    at Bloomingdale High School and winds its way to
    the village park for a ceremony.

    Breedsville: The parade begins at 11 a.m.
    on West Main Street and leads to a service
    at the Breedsville Cemetery.

    Centreville: A 9:30 a.m. parade goes
    from Adams Park to Prairie River Cemetery,
    where a ceremony will be held.

    Kalamazoo: The Kalamazoo County Memorial Day
    Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Michigan Avenue
    near Rose Street downtown – rain or shine -- and ends with a ceremony
    at Riverside Cemetery on Gull Road. Parade participants
    will include floats, military vehicles, marching bands,
    fire trucks and more. Jill Eldred, Rotary Club of
    Kalamazoo-Sunrise president, said this year's guest
    of honor is Paul Love, a retired master electrician
    and self-educated historian with a special interest
    in the Tuskegee Airmen.

    Lawrence: A parade starts at 10 a.m. at Lawrence
    High School and will feature a ceremony at Hill Cemetery.

     Lawton: A Memorial Day parade begins at 10 a.m. in front
    of the Bronson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Walker
    Street and heads to Oak Grove Cemetery for ceremonies by
    the Waters/Hackenberg American Legion Post 222. There will
    also be a barbecue served at the fire station after the parade.
    MDOT will be closing M-40 from Bitely to First streets in
    Lawton from 9-11 a.m. for the parade.

    Martin/Gun Lake: Parade participants will gather outside
    Martin High School at 9:30 a.m., and the parade will begin
    at 10 a.m. It will proceed through downtown to Memorial Park
    on North Main Street. Immediately after the parade will be
    a formal program with a flag ceremony.

    Mattawan: The parade steps off at 11 a.m. at Mattawan Early
    Elementary School and heads to the village park for a ceremony.

    Mendon: The parade begins at noon at the Mendon Township Library
    and heads first to the Mendon Catholic Cemetery, then a naval
    ceremony at the Portage River and ends at the Mendon Township Cemetery.

    Otsego/Alamo: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3030 parade will
    be a little different this year. It will begin at 9 a.m. with a
    short military ceremony at Mountain Home Cemetery, which is
    normally the end point for the parade. Then, at about 9:15 a.m.,
    the parade will move down Farmer Street to Memorial Park, where
    dedication of the Otsego Area Veterans Memorial will follow

     Paw Paw: American Legion McGowan-Johnson Post 68 sponsors a parade
    at 10 a.m. from Gremps Street to Maple City Veterans' Memorial Park,
    where services will be held at 11 a.m. There will be a Navy memorial
    ceremony on Michigan Avenue at the river at 9:30 a.m.


    Portage: The parade through the heart of Portage starts
    at 10 a.m. on South Westnedge Avenue at the Southland Mall
    and heads south to Portage Central Cemetery and Portage
    Veterans Memorial for a ceremony.

    Schoolcraft: A parade starts at 11 a.m. at Cass and
    Cedar streets and continues to the Schoolcraft Cemetery,
    where there will be a ceremony coordinated by
    American Legion Wiley-Koon Post 475.

    Vicksburg: The American Legion Roy Canavan Post 213
    is sponsoring a parade, with assembly to begin at
    9:40 a.m. and then the parade starting at 10 a.m.,
    both from the Vicksburg Administration Building,
    301 S. Kalamazoo Ave. The parade will wind its way
     to the Vicksburg Cemetery on Highway Street,
     where a 10:40 a.m. ceremony is planned. This year's
    address is by retired Lt. Col. Brett Johnson of the
     U.S. Army and Western Michigan University ROTC.
    Also included will be the traditional community
     firing squad by members of the American Legion
    Post 213 and VFW Post 5189.

  • New Song from Big and Rich

    Posted by Jimmy C

    Hey everyone, Thanks for all of your prayers and thoughts on my journey to a lung transplant. You've really encourgaged me.No new  news yet so, as they say "Stay Tuned".

    Meanwhile, I wanted to share this great new song from Big and Rich. We got to meet then in Jackson a few years ago and they are awesome guys.  That's Why I Pray

  • More on Transplants

    Posted by Jimmy C

    Praise the Lord things are progressing very nicely. Thursday I started phase three of pulmonary rehab with the wonderful folks at Oaklawn Hospital. Nate, Kathy and Heather are great and have helped me keep my lungs functioning as well as possible.  Phase three is a maintenance program to keep up my strength for the surgery. Dr. Lama and Jerry, (a transplant patient, seven years post transplant who we met at my last doctor’s appointment), say it is very important for the success of surgery. I will be going two days a week from now until my surgery.

    And more good news, I have been accepted by the National Foundation for Transplants. They are an organization that helps transplant patients raise money for expenses not covered by insurance.

    They have provided me with my own page for donations on their site and will be working with us through this process.  Please check out both pages find out about this wonderful organization.

    I’ll have more updates soon so please be sure to check back often, and check out our Prayer list , Home Town Hero’s, and events calendar here as well.

    God Bless

  • More on Transplants

    Posted by Jimmy C

    And as we progress on our journey to my lung transplant, I will also be posting information about upcomming events to raise awareness about transplants and organ donations. These are from my friends at The University of Michigan's Transplant Center,

    Transplant Surgeons are the Waiters! Dinner at Zingerman’s Roadhouse

    Wednesday, June 6

    Zingerman’s Roadhouse

    2501 Jackson Road

    Ann Arbor, MI

    Enjoy a night out on the town with a delicious four course dinner created especially for this event by award winning chef Alex Young, served by the Transplant Center’s Surgeons!

    Tickets are $100 per person and include four courses and wine.

    Live auction including a private dinner cooked in your home by Chef Alex himself!

    Reservations can be made by calling the Roadhouse 734-663-3663


    9th Annual Camp Michitanki Golf Classic

    Sunday, June 24

    Golden Fox at Fox Hills in Plymouth, MI

    Registration available at www.firstgiving.com/michigantransplant

    Registration begins at 10:00am. Shotgun start at 12:30pm

    Golfers will enjoy the opportunity to meet the host of this year's event: Dan O'Halloran, NHL referee. Our Camp Michitanki Golf Classic, is a favorite of golfers. The event will be on the Golden Fox course at Fox Hills of Plymouth, Michigan. This is a first-class event that draws golfers back year after year. The scramble format allows golfers of all abilities to come and enjoy the day on a pristine championship course. Registration includes lunch, golf with cart, dinner, beverages all day, driving range privileges, logo memento gifts, and more. All proceeds benefit our Camp Michitanki, sending transplant recipient children to summer camp! There are many opportunities for sponsorships of this event. Individual golfer registration is only $150, which includes golf, lunch, dinner & open bar. Non-golfers are welcome to come for the dinner and auction for only $50.


    10th Annual Vita Redita Gala Dinner and Auction

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

    Jack Roth Stadium Club, Michigan Stadium

    Ann Arbor, MI


     This is a great year for celebration as we reach a landmark anniversary with the Vita Redita (Latin for Life Restored). It will be the 10th year of hosting this event that raises tens of thousands of dollars for our programs at the Transplant Center.

     This fall, on Saturday, September 29th we have the great privilege and honor of hosting the 10th annual Vita Redita Gala Dinner and Auction at Michigan Stadium in the Jack Roth Suites. This space has just recently been opened to hosting functions. We will be one of the first university groups to use this coveted venue.

     Tickets for this event are available by contacting Melissa Goodson at 734.232.0594 or maswain@umich.edu. Ticket prices are $175 per person and include gourmet appetizers, strolling dinner, premium bar and an extravagant dessert bar. It also includes a fantastic silent and live auction and live music.  The Vita Redita is known to be an over the top, classy event in support of the University of Michigan Transplant Center.

     Sponsorships and auction items are being accepted.

  • Our Journey to a Lung Transplant

    Posted by Jimmy C

    Hi everyone, as you might remember, last year at about this time I was hospitalized with pneumonia and sent to the University of Michigan hospital for treatment. This hospitalization set in motion a journey for my family that I want to share and bring you along, since you all are a part of our family.  And I want to share what we have learned as well, so maybe we can help anyone who might be going through their own health issues.

     As we go through this journey I believe you will be able to see the hand of the Lord moving and directing our path. And I believe I will have a very powerful testimony of God’s grace and love for his children. I know my faith has increased greatly with every Doctor’s appointment and test result that we have received so far.

    All along our way I’ll be introducing you to some of the wonderful people and organizations we’ve had the pleasure of meeting. I’ll be posting updates and giving you information to keep you in step as we go, so be sure to check back often.  I will also be posting links for you to find more information.

     We are now going through the process for me to receive a double lung transplant. And what a process it is. But first, a little history of my personal illness, the pneumonia was in both of my lungs and pretty severe. I was put on very strong antibiotics and oxygen, and after I was discharged I went to see a pulmonologist.

    Dr Lama ordered s cat-scan and the results showed a diagnosis of Pulmonary Fibrosis and Emphysema.  I’ll have more to post later on, there is so much information I want to give, but all of it at once can be overwhelming. So as I said before be sure to check back often.

    God Bless.

  • New take on Deck of Cards

    Posted by Jimmy C

    Check out this new take on Wink Martindale's "Deck of Cards" that we play on Hymntime Country Style. Watch all the way  till the end and you'll be amazed.