Quicken Loans/Bedrock has always been integral to D2N. They funded the Rock Companies/Beaumont Children’s Fair at the Birmingham Bike Festival in 2013 and 2014, provided infrastructure and support for Over The Edge Detroit 2015/2016 as well as sponsoring Over The Edge Detroit 2016.
American Promise Schools (APS)
The recipient of Over The Edge Detroit 2016, American Promise Schools, believes every child should be given a chance for a first-rate education and a shot at the American Dream. The American Promise is the commitment to create a community with the opportunities that permit participants to rise as far as their talents and hard work will take them, regardless of the station in life into which they’re born. APS was founded to redeem this promise for urban children in Detroit and across Michigan. Promise Schools is a non-profit school management group focused on transforming struggling urban schools into high-performing schools, and helping good schools become great.
American Cycle and Fitness (ACF)
Our partnership with ACF started at the Birmingham Bike Festival. Participants at the BBF were encouraged to donate their unused bikes and helmets through ACF, who then distributed the bikes to youth programs Detroit. This program morphed into a program that, in 2015, donated hundreds of bikes to The Hub/Back Alley Bikes for their youth programs.
ACF has developed an amazingly generous program for 2016. Each bike donated to ACF will result in a $10 donation by ACF to the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic. If a new bike is purchased, the buyer can elect to donate that $10 to the S.A.Y Detroit Family Health Clinic in lieu of a $10 refund. Donated bikes will continue to go to The Hub/Back Alley Bikes as well as to the S.A.Y Detroit Play Center/Lipke Recreation Center.
Michigan Healthcare Professionals
An early supporter of D2N, MHP, a physician-led and administered organization, funded the Alex Graham Medical Clinic/Rakha Health Post in Nepal. In Detroit, their physicians donate time and supplies to the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic.
Birmingham Bike Festival (BBF)
Thanks to their director and founder, the late Jeff Surnow, we partnered with the BBF in 2012, 2013, and 2014. This event gave us the platform to raise awareness for the needs of children, whether they live in the Detroit area or in rural mountain villages of Nepal. Our activities at the BBF consisted of a bike parade and a children’s fair. The bike parade included children from the local community, children from the Beaumont Rehabilitation Department riding their new custom-fit adaptive bikes, as well as children and families associated with the Beaumont Pediatric Oncology Department. The BBF and The Rock Companies/Beaumont Children’s Fair helped us raise funds and awareness for these two Beaumont programs. D2N’s Bike Program started at the BBF. Participants were encouraged to drop off used bikes and helmets at American Cycle and Fitness’s three locations. These bikes and helmets were then donated to youth programs in Detroit.
D2N and Team Alex both celebrate the memory of Alex Graham, an incredible young woman who believed she could repair the world one smile at a time. Alex was a patient at Beaumont Children’s Hospital who lost her leg and ultimately her life to cancer.
At 17, a month before she died, Alex was able to participate in the making of a Public Service Announcement which was the wish she was granted by the Make A Wish Foundation of Michigan. Her message was as simple as it was important: “We’re just kids like you, so the next time you see someone who has cancer or looks a little different, try a smile, we could use it.”
The ‘Miles4Alex’ event at the Birmingham Bike Festival embodied this spirit. The bike parade included children from the local community, children from the Beaumont Rehabilitation Department riding their new custom-fit adaptive bikes, as well as children and families associated with the Beaumont Pediatric Oncology Department.
Captained by Beth Brandvain, Team Alex is comprised of over 150 bikers who participate in the Make-A-Wish Bike Ride every summer. Team Alex members are strong supporters of D2N; not only do they fundraise, but provide numerous volunteers in all D2N’s efforts.
Alex’s legacy: courage, strength, and the ability to put other’s needs ahead of her own now lives on in Nepal in the Alex Graham Medical Clinic, in the village of Rakha. Although she passed away at 17, Alex still has the ability to inspire all of us to do better.
Beaumont Health Systems
Beaumont partnered with D2N through the Miracle Fund at Beaumont Children’s Hospital. Funds raised through the Birmingham Bike Festival were donated to the Pediatric Oncology Department (Long Term Follow-Up Clinic) and the Pediatric Rehabilitation Department’s custom adaptive bike program (“Bike Day”). Beaumont also sponsored the Rock Companies/Beaumont Children’s Fair at the Birmingham Bike Festival in 2013 and 2014.
Recipient of funds from the 2014 Over The Edge Detroit, DAPCEP (Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program) provides STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs to under-served children in the Detroit area.