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Third Annual Valentine's Dinner Dance

Courageous Kids Founder, Terri Hocking, and Courageous Kid of the evening, Evan Westphal, share a dance and great times at our Third Annual Valentine's Dinner Dance.


Our Third Annual Valentine's Dinner Dance was a blast.  

More than $15,000 was raised at this year's gala, which featured a plated meal, silent auction, cash bar, champagne toastat the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth.  That's more than double what we raise for our Courageous Kids at or 2016 Valentine's Dinner Dance!


None of this would have been possible without the support of our community, participants, donors, and sponsors.  A heart full of thanks to all of those who support Courageous Kids in helping us to inspire hope and help kids cope!

Courageous Kids and families had a ball

37 Couragoeus Kids, parents, siblings and family members had a ball while at Super Bowl in Canton during our Bowling Party on Saturday, July 30. Families enjoyed pizza, pop and a night of bowling provided by Courageous Kids! Thanks to those who joined us!

To see more pictures from the experience, visit our Facebook page.

5th Annual Golf for Courage raises nearly $8K for Courageous Kids

The 5th Annual Golf for Courage benefitting Courageous Kids on June 25, 2016 at the Links of Novi raised nearly $8,000 to support the Courageous Kids mission of inspiring hope by helping kids cope with life-threatening medical conditions. The event featuring a 4-person scramble, 18 holes of golf, door prizes, cash bar, 50/50, raffle, contests and silent auction.
Thank you to our Eagle Sponsors Daniels Building Co., Inc. and Town & Country Eyecare; and our Birdie Sponsor Long Mechanical, Inc.
In June 2016, Courageous Kids hosted an Open House to mark the milestone of recently leasing its first-ever office space.
The event featured light hor d'oeuvres provided by Jeff Zak Catering and beverages, Olaf from "Frozen," star cookie decorating provided by Kathleen Chizek and the Detroit Tigers tickets, provided by Lyon Mechanical, drawing for Courageous Kids family.

Lights, Camera, ACTION!

With the help of 4th Wall Theatre, Couragoeus Kids took to the Genitti's Hole-in-the-Wall stage in Northville for an over-the-top theatre experience! Through a 2-hour music and movement therapy workshop, our Courageous Kids learned about theater, the world and themselves. The kids even created a showcase funny performance just for parents! 


To see more pictures from the experience, visit our Facebook page.

Courageous Kids rents first-ever office

In April 2016, Courageous Kids leased our first-ever office! Please make note that our address has changed to: 56849 Grand River, Suite 11, New Hudson, MI 48165. Our mailing address is PO Box 389, New Hudson, MI 481165.
A TREMENDOUS thank you to Wayne State University for donating our office furniture. We are beyond grateful for their support.
We will be hosting an open house in early June to mark this milestone, so stay tuned for an invitation. If you have any questions, would like to donate supplies or services, please contact Leah Borst at

STEM-focused fun at the Shell Eco-marathon Americas

Who knew alternative fuel could be so interactive? In April 2016, Courageous Kids, siblings and parents toured the Shell Eco-marathon Americas at Cobo Center in Detroit, which included energy and mobility interactive experiences and STEM-based fun! We also browsed the paddock, where more than 1,000 students from across the Americas were putting their custom-built, energy-efficient vehicles through final tests before taking to the streets of Detroit to achieve thousands of miles per gallon.


To see more pictures from the experience, click here.

Courageous Kids and families got interactive at the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

In March 2016, 28 Courageous Kids and families discovered the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art and math during our Courageous Kids trip to the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum. It was a joy-filled day of interactive experiences and giggles with our kids and families. Special thank you to Renee Hocking Photography for donating time to capture all the fun!


To see more pictures from the museum, click here.

17 courageous kids and family members watched the Detroit Red Wings from the Zetterberg Suite

In February 2016, 17 courageous kids, parents, siblings and family members watched the Detroit Red Wings defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets from the comfort of the Zetterberg Foundation Suite. We are beyond grateful to the Wings, Henrik Zetterberg and his wife Emma for inviting our kids and families to enjoy the game, pizza and pop. 


To see more pictures from the game, click here.

Dance to help kids with serious medical conditions

Published in Hometown Life

Jan. 31, 2016


A premier Valentine’s dinner and dance will help a local organization continue to provide a positive distraction and emotional support for southeast Michigan kids coping with life-threatening medical conditions.


Courageous Kids, a Michigan nonprofit that provides free events for kids with life-threatening medical conditions and their families, is hosting its second annual Dinner Dance on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Mich.


To read the full news article, click here.

30 courageous kids, parents, siblings and friends attend Detroit Pistons game

In January 2016, 30 courageous kids, parents, siblings and friends watched the Detroit Pistons take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. We even grooved to the Temptations half time show! Courageous Kids is incredibly grateful for the Detroit Pistons Player Charity Ticket Program support, which provided seats 4 and 5 rows up from the floor, hot dogs and T-shirts.


To see more pictures from the game, click here.

Nearly 80 kids and families attend holiday event at the Henry Ford Museum

Courageous Kids shared holiday cheer with nearly 80 courageous kids, siblings, parents and friends during the holiday event at the Henry Ford Museum on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. We visited with Santa, marvled at the giant Christmas tree and ate pizza together for lunch. We are beyond thankful for the continued support of the Henry Ford Community Outreach program - thank you for bringing magic to our families during the holidays.


To see more pictures from the outing, click here.

Families watch the Detroit Pistons defeat the LA Lakers

Exactly 27 of our Courageous Kids and families attended the Detroit Pistons game against the L.A. Lakers on Dec. 6, 2015 - one of Kobe Bryant's last games at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Thanks to the Detroit Pistons Player Charity Ticket Program for hosting us!

A Letter From our Founder

Nov. 3, 2015


Dear Families, Friends and Supporters of Courageous Kids,


Since starting Courageous Kids more than 5 years ago, I have had the honor of getting to know so many of you. At this time, there are some important organizational changes taking place that I would like to share with you.


I am stepping down as Executive Director of Courageous Kids and taking a seat on the volunteer Board of Directors for the organization. Two wonderful and motivated individuals have joined our organization to serve the mission of Courageous Kids. 


Rick Nork was elected President and CEO of Courageous Kids in October. Rick recently retired as Vice President for Finance and Business Operations and CFO of Wayne State University in Detroit, where he served for 5 years following a 30+ year career in corporate finance and administration positions in various companies, including GE, Bendix and Bosch. Rick can be reached at  He is looking forward to growing and stabilizing the organization in order to better serve our Courageous Kids and their families and create memorable events for our families long into the future.


Leah Borst has joined as the Director of Operations and is the primary contact for future Courageous Kids events. Leah has worked with Michigan nonprofits for nearly 10 years, most recently serving as the Communications Manager for Make-A-Wish Michigan. She is thrilled to have the chance to work with our Courageous Kids, families and partners, and she is already looking forward to planning new events. She can be reached at


Stay tuned as Rick and Leah faciliate additonal ways to serve our families. I will continue working hard to help Courageous Kids grow though Southeast Michigan. 




Terri Hocking

Founder/Board of Directors


 Courageous Kids

650 Church Street

Suite 105

Plymouth, MI 48701


 Office: (248) 617-3915


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