July 2018: What’s Briefly Happening

. June 30, 2018.

This Girl Scout is going for gold

Katie Sesi of Ann Arbor was honored in June at the Governor’s Service Awards for Youth Volunteer of the Year due to her commitment to volunteerism. The teen was also the proud recipient of Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM) 2016 Young Woman of Distinction Award and has earned the Gold Award- the highest award that can be achieved in Girl Scouts.

Sesi has always demonstrated a strong dedication to helping youth. In 3rd grade, she began her first volunteer initiative- Kanz for Kids, by collecting refundable cans to raise money to donate to children with cancer who have to spend their holidays in the hospital. She raised and donated $40,000 to The University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital and the Chad Tough Foundation for cancer research. $10,000 of her donation helped build a playground in the children’s hospital, call “The Treehouse”. Way to go Katie!

A farm show for everyone

The Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Show, July 22-28, is a youth-led event similar to a traditional county fair. On each day, along with various livestock and horse shows and lots of craft and hobby exhibits, there is something for everyone, especially for animal-lovers! Some highlights to check out: llama leaping contest, the Ag Olympics, and rabbit agility. View the entire schedule of events on their website. All animal exhibits will be on display by Tuesday afternoon. Wear closed shoes, like sneakers, to keep your feet clean. Come hungry because the show also features delicious fair food.

July 22-28 | 8am-9pm
Washtenaw County Farm Council Grounds
5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.

734-997-1678 | washtenawfarmcouncil.com/4h.html
Free

Bringing Saline history to the app store

Saline second-graders at Woodland Meadows Elementary School have developed the Saline History app to preserve and share Saline’s unique history. Teacher Mary Ledford and her students have created a series of videos about historic locations around Saline including the Union School, Mill Pond, and Saline Train Depot. During the school year the second graders interviewed local residents and learned hands-on about local history. The app contains a map of the city with the historical sites marked. Users can select each location for more information. For example, did you know Henry Ford was a pioneer in biobased products by turning soybeans into plastic car parts such as steering wheels?

Find the Saline History app in the iPhone app store
or visit salinehistory.org/history-videos-by-second
to view the videos

In the leafy treetops

Dream of climbing trees this summer? Tuck’s Treetop Adventures is ready to make that dream come true, and safely too. Michael Tucker, Certified Climbing Facilitator, grew up climbing trees and his goal is to bring his love of nature to others in a way that safely gets people of diverse ages and fitness levels into the trees. Recreational climbs are offered through local park & recreation departments, and are open to the public. Climbs are scheduled at various local parks on July 7, 14, 21. Climbers register as individuals, and each event has a maximum capacity. Participants are given instructions as a group, then fitted into gear and put on a rope individually. Tuck’s can come to your backyard to make tree-climbing the main event at a birthday party!

Tuck’s Treetop Adventures
734-221-0063 | tuckstreetopadventures.com/calendar

New U-M initiative honoring Chad Carr to advance research and treatment for pediatric brain cancers

Thousands of donors and supporters have committed $30 million to establish the Chad Carr Pediatric Brain Tumor Center at the University of Michigan. Carr, a grandson of former U-M football coach Lloyd Carr, died in 2015, 14 months after being diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), among the most aggressive and lethal types of brain tumors. “We are grateful for the generous gifts allowing us to honor Chad through transformational research that will help other children defeat this terrible disease. This is a monumental milestone in our mission to conquer pediatric brain cancer,” says Valerie Opipari, M.D., a pediatric oncologist and chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases at U-M’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. The joint announcement by Michigan Medicine and The ChadTough Foundation was made at the foundation’s annual Champions for Change Gala in May.

“We want to see a day when no family will ever have to suffer this kind of heartbreak,” says Chad’s mom Tammi Carr. U-M’s Chad Carr Pediatric Brain Tumor Center unites experts from multiple specialties, including pediatrics, radiology and neurosurgery, radiation oncology, genetics and pathology as well as engineering and public health to accelerate research on DIPG and other pediatric brain tumors.

To learn more visit medicine.umich.edu/dept/pediatric-brain-
tumor-research-initiative