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Crowds Come Out For Cannizzaro Family Fundraiser

The Cannizzaro children—Michael, Chastity and Drako—lost both of their parents within the past month.

Droves of community members came out to support a Dearborn family in need Tuesday at west Dearborn's Yogurtown.

The self-serve yogurt shop held a fundraiser for three local children who lost both of their parents within the past month. A portion of proceeds between 5-10 p.m. went to Michael, Chastity and Drako Cannizzaro, and their grandmother and guardian, Shirley Sironen.

The children—all of whom attend Dearborn Public Schools—lost their mother, Nikki, to cancer just before Christmas. And on Jan. 20, their father, Ray, passed away from a pulmonary embolism.

Friend of the family and fellow Dearborn parent Alysia Schuler has spearheaded efforts to raise funds for the family through word of mouth and media outlets.

Fundraising as of Tuesday had already reached $1,050.

Totals from Yogurtown sales, plus cash donations to the family made at the event, haven't been counted yet. But if the turnout was any indication, the outlook is good that the Cannizzaro children will have a brighter future, thanks to the generosity of the Dearborn community.

Want to stay in the know about other upcoming fundraisers? Sign up for the Dearborn Patch newsletter, and we'll keep you posted.

Donations can also be dropped in the main office of Snow Elementary School, or mailed to:

Snow School, c/o Alysia Schuler PTA
2000 Culver Street
Dearborn, MI, 48124

Peggy Weggy January 30, 2013 at 12:47 PM
God Bless you and Mikey Celia for pulling this together for people you don't even know. You have wonderful hearts. I'm sorry I couldn't make it in.
Chicago Way January 30, 2013 at 01:47 PM
This is a wonderful story emerging from tragic circumstances. Is there any chance that there will be a online donation solution that accepts PayPal and credit cards? . God bless the Cannizzaro family and the caring community members.
bitsy08 January 30, 2013 at 02:56 PM
I can't even imagine what these kids are feeling. I hope the Blessed Virgin wraps them in her blue cape and keeps them safe from any further harm.
MARY BARE January 30, 2013 at 03:23 PM
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of their parents. My thoughts and prayers go out to them. I lost my twin sister to a pulmonary embolism(blood clot in lung) and my parents as well. So many do not know about the risk or effects of blood clots. I have a facebook page called forever deborah. For awareness. I will share this story on there. I hope that they get all the help they can....and please keep all fundraising information coming I will post!
City of Dearborn (Editor) January 30, 2013 at 04:23 PM
I believe someone was working on setting up a permanent bank account for the kids, but no word on that yet. I'll keep you posted!

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