Brandon Marchiori sits in front of a cardboard cutout of himself with some friends and family who worked to make his birthday special. Standing, from left, are Jessica Clouse, Lisa Steinberger, Madelyn Marchiori and Michael Marchiori. Madelyn said friends Sam Scanlon and Ellie and Joseph Slivka also helped with the massive undertaking.

Brandon Marchiori sits in front of a cardboard cutout of himself with some friends and family who worked to make his birthday special. Standing, from left, are Jessica Clouse, Lisa Steinberger, Madelyn Marchiori and Michael Marchiori. Madelyn said friends Sam Scanlon and Ellie and Joseph Slivka also helped with the massive undertaking.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske


Golden birthday celebrated in St. Clair Shores

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published August 7, 2020

 Brandon Marchiori poses near signs telling passersby to “Honk, it’s my golden birthday!” on July 28.

Brandon Marchiori poses near signs telling passersby to “Honk, it’s my golden birthday!” on July 28.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Brandon Marchiori can recite the birthdays of 178 friends, relatives and neighbors without help from a calendar, and when it comes to his own, he thinks it is the best day of the year, getting as excited for it as a little kid on Christmas morning.

“Brandon is big on his birthday,” said his father, Bill Marchiori. “He just likes that being his day. He’s also into everybody else’s birthday.”

So when Brandon learned about a Golden Birthday — when a person turns a certain age that is the same number as the date of their birthday — he couldn’t wait to celebrate his special day with a big bash.

Brandon was born with Down syndrome. His father describes him as a “very social young man” who volunteers twice a week at Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe and has also held a job as a bagger at Nino Salvaggio in St. Clair Shores for two years. He has danced at The Turning Pointe for about 20 years and also participates in the VIP Soccer League in St. Clair Shores for participants with special needs, which was started by his mother, Kim Marchiori.

“Brandon is obsessed with birthdays — he’s always been,” said his younger sister, Madelyn Marchiori. “When he found out he was going to have a golden birthday, he was even more excited.”

Madelyn began planning for Brandon’s 28th birthday celebration on July 28 several weeks before. Her parents said they saw her order a few boxes of decorations, but had no idea just how elaborately she was planning until the night before.

Madelyn attends Michigan State University, but had to come home due to COVID-19, which also put a damper on the big plans the family originally had for Brandon’s birthday.

“Madelyn has been doing a lot with (Brandon) since she got home,” said Bill.

She and six of her friends and relatives started decorating the evening of July 27, turning the house gold and covering every piece of the property with gold cloths, gold balloons and streamers. “They were out there till 1 in the morning,” Bill said, even redoing part of the sidewalk chalk decoration after a brief storm cloud dumped rain midway through the evening.

“His brother and sister, they just love him to death,” Bill said. “She sees the joy in his face. Madelyn has been very good. She does a lot of work with Brandon and his friends.”

When Brandon stepped out of his house at 10 a.m. on his birthday, he couldn’t believe what had been done for him.

“Oh my God, I love this! Thanks guys, I love this!” he exclaimed. “I love it, it’s really nice.”

The two siblings have always had a close bond, said Kim. They also have an older brother, Billy.

“I wasn’t surprised (that Madelyn would go all out for her brother’s birthday) but when I walked out and saw it, I was like, ‘Whoa,’” she said.

Madelyn also organized a car parade with upward of 40 vehicles cruising by the house to wish Brandon a happy birthday.

“We had to go all out,” she said.

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