Every year The Parade Company puts on a spectacular fireworks show, along the Detroit Riverfront. I have never ventured downtown to see it in person, however, I always thought that it would be something I would eventually want to attend. It is by far the biggest 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 that sometimes portrays more shadows than light. He also knows that I have been battling cancer and that I will be undergoing a bone marrow transplant soon. In hearing that I have always wanted to see the Detroit fireworks, he took it upon himself to tell an employee and friend, Nick (who is 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.
So there I was, best seat in the "house," to watch the 55th Ford Fireworks. I remember watching it on TV, 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 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 truly 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 this experience possible for me. 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.