Tiffany & Co. of Troy employees, front row: Ashley Parsons, Cynthia Leemhuis, Nhren Anweya; and back row: Colleen Dely, Sara Propati, Roukaya Achour, Glen Ross, Bram Saad, along with Macomb Township firefighters, served breakfast for families with children at Children’s Hospital of Michigan Feb. 17.

Tiffany & Co. of Troy employees, front row: Ashley Parsons, Cynthia Leemhuis, Nhren Anweya; and back row: Colleen Dely, Sara Propati, Roukaya Achour, Glen Ross, Bram Saad, along with Macomb Township firefighters, served breakfast for families with children at Children’s Hospital of Michigan Feb. 17.

Photo provided by Cynthia Leemhuis


Fire dept. volunteers to support Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Partners with Tiffany and Co. at the Ronald McDonald House

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published February 25, 2019

 Macomb Township firefighters George Leemhuis, left, Travis Christy and Dane Tocco interact with children at the Ronald McDonald House in Detroit Feb. 17.

Macomb Township firefighters George Leemhuis, left, Travis Christy and Dane Tocco interact with children at the Ronald McDonald House in Detroit Feb. 17.

Photo provided by Cynthia Leemhuis

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP/TROY/DETROIT — Two organizations came together in the spirit of supporting families with children in the hospital.

On Feb. 17, members of the Macomb Township Fire Department teamed up with employees of Tiffany & Co. from the Somerset Collection in Troy.

The two volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House on St. Antoine Street in Detroit in support of Children’s Hospital of Michigan. They made breakfast for several families that are staying at the hospital while their child is receiving treatment.

The Fire Department also provided coloring books, fire hats and more. Firefighters Dane Tocco, George Leemhuis and Travis Christy represented the department.

“This is a special cause, close to my heart, as my child has been, and still is, a patient of Children’s Hospital Detroit,” said Cynthia Leemhuis, a sales professional at Tiffany & Co.. “We decided to partner together with Macomb Township Fire Department, as the chief has always been receptive to worthy causes.”

Leemhuis’ husband is George. Their son Nicholas, 13, was diagnosed with a cyst on his brain when he was 18 months old. He continues to be monitored by neurologists at Children’s Hospital.

“We thought we would reach out to different fire departments and they were the first ones to respond that they would love to partner,” she said. 

Cynthia added that it is a sensitive situation for families with a sick child in the hospital. 

“The employees told us it’s nice for the parents to be able to talk to somebody new,” she said. “It was nice for them to take their mind off of things and to have maybe a little bit of fun.”  

Ronald McDonald House Charities works to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. 

“We saw that there are spots available for volunteers to come in and serve for breakfast, lunch or dinner,” Cynthia said. 

The organization’s vision is a world where all children have access to medical care and their families are supported and actively involved in their children’s care.

The Children’s Hospital of Michigan provides pediatric care and is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to children and adolescents in a caring, efficient and family-centered environment.


Cynthia said plans are in the works to volunteer again at Ronald McDonald House with the Fire Department. 

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