Family Remembers Their Son by Helping Others with OI
Published in the November/December 1999 OI Breakthrough Newsletter

The Shultz family of Illinois recently donated $10,000 to the OI Foundation.  They raised the money through the Miracle Michael Fund Charity Golf Outing, held to commemorate their son, Michael, who died of severe OI at 8 months of age.  Michael's parents, John and Beth, and big brother Anthony sent us a letter about the fund and the golf outing:

"The Miracle Michael Fund was setup in the name of our beloved son Michael, who is now looking down on us from heaven. The first annual Miracle Michael golf outing was held on Michael's first birthday, August 5, 1999, at Ruffled Feathers Golf Club in Lemont, Illinois. Michael's presence was certainly apparent on that day, as 112 golfers enjoyed 80 degree temperatures and blue skies while playing one of the finest courses in the Chicagoland area. We were fortunate

to have Chicago Blackhawks legend Keith Magnuson, and WGN-AM 720 sports personality David Kaplan on hand for this year's event.

A silent auction featuring more than 35 donated items was open for bidding throughout the day. We also had a live auction, with auctioneers to entertain the crowd of 200 attending the evening cocktail and dinner party.  Truly, a good time was had by all.

It is heartwarming to feel Michael's spirit live on through this event. Therefore, we are already starting to plan for next year's outing. We look forward to sending another donation next year in Michael's name to further assist the fight"

The Shultz family founded the Miracle Michael Fund not only to help children with OI, but also to raise funds for research and relief for children in the Chicagoland area who have life-threatening illnesses.  We are grateful to the Shultz family and their supporters for including the OI Foundationamong the organizations that received funds from the golf outing.

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From left to right, Michael's aunts, Marla Isaacs, Lisa Garry, friend Keith Magnuson, and mom Beth at the charity golf outing.