LIVONIA – A Zumba instructor says that she is holding a Zumbathon to benefit the family of Calin Fly, the four-month-old who tragically died on October 3 after a pickup truck collided with his house and apparently struck him as he lay in a baby swing inside.
Danielle Van Grol Wallman, a locally acclaimed Zumba fitness instructor, announced that she wanted to help raise money for the Fly family on Facebook, immediately after the family announced Calin’s death. The event opens at 5:30 p.m. on December 4 in the gym at the Livonia Elementary School for anyone who wants to dance as hard as they can for the victims of an unthinkable tragedy.
“It is an open invite,” said Wallman on Facebook. “Look for ‘Zumbathon Charity Event in Memory of baby Calin Fly.'”
The intense 90 minute dance session is a great chance to work off stress, with proceeds and donations going to the online fundraiser page Calin’s Crusaders. The page has seen lots of traffic over the past month, with over $14,000 raised in 29 days from family, friends and strangers.
The Calin’s Crusaders page indicates that its next benchmark is $50,000. The dance session will cost $15 per person, to be paid at the door.
Calin Fly died a few days after suffering severe head trauma in the accident. A thorough investigation into the accident by law enforcement has not indicated that any drugs or alcohol were involved, but that the driver may have had a seizure which caused them to lose control of the vehicle.
“I’ve said it before, but thank you doesn’t seem like enough,” says Calin’s Crusaders. “I still can’t believe the generosity. Everyone who has donated, said a prayer, thought about the family, the businesses that have contributed… We send our sincerest gratitude. The loss of Calin has touched so many that while we have physically lost him, I know that his memory lives on.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Image from Facebook.com