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Donations Needed For 3 Orphaned Dearborn Children

Friends of the Cannizzaro family are requesting the community's help and prayers for three Dearborn children who lost both their parents.

The Cannizzaros have been through more than any one family should ever have to endure.

Michael, Drako and Chastity—all students in 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.

The children are currently staying with their grandmother.

In December, Dearborn Patch . The outpouring of support, from strangers and friends alike, was tremendous.

Now, friends of the Cannizzaro family are again asking for the community's help for three Dearborn children who are now without parents.

Alysia Schueler, a Dearborn parent and Relay For Life liaison whose own children go to school with the Cannizzaros, has asked that those looking to help send or drop off donations to Snow Elementary School, located at 2000 Culver Street in Dearborn.

Helpful donations include:

  • Checks (made out to the children's grandmother, Shirley Sironen)
  • Gift cards to local stores or restaurants
  • Meals

Items can be dropped in the school's main office, or mailed to:

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

A visitation and funeral service for Ray Cannizzaro will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Querfeld Funeral Home in Dearborn.

For questions on donations, contact Schuler by phone at 313-408-1264, or via email at alysiarelay@yahoo.com.

Connie Tandy Mills January 24, 2013 at 03:21 AM
Prayers go out for those three little ones. God Speed.
Sara January 24, 2013 at 05:01 AM
Inna Lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un: "Who, when a misfortune overtakes them, say: 'Surely we belong to God and to Him shall we return'."
Jahna B. January 24, 2013 at 08:28 PM
Too much tragedy in this poor family's life. I graduated with Michael in 1993. He was an amazing person who always treated me with respect and dignity when others didn't. The same can be said for Ray. They both hold a soft spot in my heart though Ray and I spoke only a few times in the last few years. My heart and condolences go out to the whole family. Much love ~Jahna Berry
Dawn Nee January 26, 2013 at 01:48 AM
Very sad :( How old are the kids if the person above graduated with Michael in 1993??
City of Dearborn (Editor) January 26, 2013 at 04:27 AM
Michael is 16 and goes to Edsel Ford; Drako is 9 and Chastity is 8 - they go to Snow Elementary. We hope to bring you more updates soon on how the fundraising is going!
Jawan Taleb Beydoun February 02, 2013 at 09:17 AM
May God give these children strength and always faith in these difficult times. Thank you so much for sharing the story. And, Dawn Nee Ms. Berry is speaking of Ray's brother -the children's uncle.

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