Every year The Parade Company puts on quite the fireworks show along the Detroit Riverfront. I have never ventured downtown to see it in person; however, I've always thought it would be something I would eventually want to see live. It’s by far the largest firework display in Metro Detroit and I have been to my share of fireworks in past years.
R.J. King, editor of DBusiness magazine, has become more than just someone I met through business. He has become a friend of mine, someone I find truly interesting and genuinely kind at heart. He shares a passion for the city of Detroit and the business owners and leaders who want more for our City than the stigma it sometimes receives. He also knows that I have been battling cancer and will be undergoing a bone marrow transplant soon. In hearing that I’ve always wanted to see the Detroit fireworks, he took it upon himself to tell an employee and friend, Nick (a warrior and survivor of a bone marrow transplant, himself), to connect with a wonderful lady at the Parade Company, Valerie. She invited me to the sold out, V.I.P. Rooftop Party downtown without hesitation. She is a gem.
I found myself in the best seat in the "house," to watch the 55th Ford Fireworks. I remember watching it on T.V. year after year, but let me tell you, NOTHING compares to seeing this grand showcase of lights in person. As I watched explosion after explosion set off to a perfectly selected soundtrack, I kept telling myself, "Remember this, Tara!" Moments like that are what makes my heart happy. I am glad that it was dark and the night had set in, because I am certain that I had a cheesy, perma-grin on my face during the entire 20 minutes of the show.
I love living life, not just existing in it. I love going to events, meeting new people, and filing away memories to treasure for the long haul. It is times like this that make life worth living, worth fighting for. Again, I have to say, I am so blessed to know so many fantastic people who make things like attending a wonderful V.I.P. event, possible before I go to Karmanos Cancer Center. Thank you R.J., Valerie, Nick, and everyone who made the evening possible. You are now a part of future smiles at Karmanos, as I will surely look back and remember the 55th Ford Fireworks with some of the most amazing people in my life.