Rochester and Stoney Creek High Schools to Honor Gage Garmo

Students at two local high schools are joining together once again in the name Gage Garmo, their friend and fellow student who died in January after a lengthy battle with cancer and just one day after meeting his idol Eminem. These same students waged a social media campaign to make that meeting happen that escalated and drew international attention when 17-year-old Gage was told he had just days to live.

Gage Garmo, senior at Rochester High School, passed away in January of this year after a three-battle with bone cancer

Gage Garmo, senior at Rochester High School, passed away in January of this year after a three-battle with bone cancer

The student council at Rochester High School has announced that all proceeds from their Charity Week will be donated to The Rainbow Connection, the charity that worked directly with the family and Eminem to make Gage’s dream come true. Kelley Cusmano, Faculty Advisor to the student council at Rochester High School explains, “Donating to make dreams come true for other kids turns grief into action. Gage was admired for his courage and great spirit through his four-year ordeal.  Gage was so upbeat and selfless… this is just the next right thing to do.”

Soon after the announcement, Stoney Creek High School’s student council said that Stoney Creek High School will join Rochester High to make dreams come true for other Michigan children with life threatening illnesses. Skylar Garrett, charity week chair and a senior at Stoney Creek High School explained, “We want to honor Gage Garmo and partner with Rochester High School to make dreams come true for other kids like Gage.”

The Charity Weeks run March 16 through March 27 with daily activities at both schools.  Opportunities to give include a joint Celebrity Server night at Ram’s Horn in Rochester Hills on March 23 from 6-9 p.m. The students also created joint online giving at crowdrise.com/gagegarmo.

Students with 'We Love you Gage' banner

Students with ‘We Love You Gage’ banner

The Rainbow Connection Executive Director, Mary Grace McCarter met with students at both schools and says, “Gage touched the lives of thousands of people and this is one of the many ways that he continues to rock the world. The dollars these students raise and contribute will have a direct and immediate positive impact on the lives of children right here in Michigan. This is great news for The Rainbow Connection.”

The Rainbow Connection, a Michigan charity making dreams come true for Michigan children stricken with life threatening also provides support services. From a magical trip to Disney World to biking down volcanoes in Hawaii to meeting the President of the United States, The Rainbow Connection has made dreams come true for over 2800 children and anticipates making dreams come true for at least 150 children in 2015.

To learn more about The Rainbow Connection and how you can help make dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening illnesses click on RainbowConnection.org or call 248-601-9474.

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