Ziad S. Kassab, Chairman and Lexus Yousif, Administrative Coordinator, were on hand yesterday to help execute the D-MAN’s 5th annual Dreams Come True on Woodward. The event is held each year to help transfer more wheelchair-bound individuals into convertibles to participate in the world’s largest one-day auto event – the Woodward Dream Cruise!
The D-MAN Foundation, Danny’s Miracle Angel Network, is dedicated to enriching the lives of families and individuals with severe physical and mental disabilities. Through The D-MAN Foundation, people with various disabilities have the opportunity to achieve the highest quality of life possible!
Justin May and Mike Goetz tour Woodward Ave. during Friday’s event.
Justin May was one of the lucky attendees able to cruise Woodward with Mike Goetz, one of the many volunteers of souped up sports car owners who took their time out to meet the people on hand for the fun. Justin said it was a dream come true. “My father had a Corvette when he was young. I’ve always heard stories about it.” “It was my honor to be a part of Justin’s day, he is an amazing young man who gave me more than I gave him today,” said Goetz.
“We’re happy to be a part of all of this,” stated Justin’s father Jack May, whose son had a one in ten chance for survival at birth. Justin’s condition had him on life support for the first ten days of his life. At that point, he was taken off oxygen to breath on his own and he did. “I knew Justin was someone special from that moment,” his father stated.
Jack May and Mike Goetz discuss Justin’s ride and their memories of cruising Woodward years ago.
The event also showcased participants from the Music Therapy Studio, where people of all ages are able to create, record and produce their own music without the use of hands or feet. The program is directed to individuals, no matter what physical or mental challenge they are confronting. What a great way for people with special needs to showcase their creative side!
For more information about the D-MAN Foundation or on how to participate next year, please visit their website at http://mydman.org/
Written by Andrew Walsh and Cathleen Francois for greeningdetroit.com
Various means were used to enable wheelchair-bound individuals to ride in style.
Contact: Cathleen Francois (248) 818-4252
Contact: Lexus Yousif, Administrative Coordinator (248) 267-0229