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Our Story

In 1992, our two sons, “Little” John and Michael, were both diagnosed with a rare neurological disease called adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). Only 11 months after the diagnosis, we lost “Little” John at the age of 8. Michael survived a bone marrow transplant that slowed the rapid progression of the disease, but still suffered debilitating seizures throughout the rest of his life.

Despite his setbacks, Michael had a lively spirit, and loved nothing more than to be out on the baseball field with his father John, who was a major league umpire for many years. He took every opportunity he could to join his dad at work.

Soon Michael began helping in the dugout, making friends with the players, and serving as bat boy. Baseball was his greatest passion in life. In April of 2014, we lost Michael after 27 beautiful years with him. In his loving memory, we created The Magic of Michael Foundation.

Our Story

In 1992, our two sons, “Little” John and Michael, were both diagnosed with a rare neurological disease called adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). Only 11 months after the diagnosis, we lost “Little” John at the age of 8. Michael survived a bone marrow transplant that slowed the rapid progression of the disease, but still suffered debilitating seizures throughout the rest of his life.

Despite his setbacks, Michael had a lively spirit, and loved nothing more than to be out on the baseball field with his father John, who was a major league umpire for many years. He took every opportunity he could to join his dad at work.

Soon Michael began helping in the dugout, making friends with the players, and serving as bat boy. Baseball was his greatest passion in life. In April of 2014, we lost Michael after 27 beautiful years with him. In his loving memory, we created The Magic of Michael Foundation.

Our Mission

Through our many hardships, our community never failed to band together and help us in our time of need. We wanted to be able to give back to the community while creating something meaningful to keep Michael’s memory alive.

The Magic of Michael Foundation aims to help children and their families get any resources they may need, from accessibility ramps, to wheel chairs, to service animals. Our mission is to inspire, empower, and provide hope to families enduring the “curveballs” of life.

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Our Mission

Through our many hardships, our community never failed to band together and help us in our time of need. We wanted to be able to give back to the community while creating something meaningful to keep Michael’s memory alive.

The Magic of Michael Foundation aims to help children and their families get any resources they may need, from accessibility ramps, to wheel chairs, to service animals. Our mission is to inspire, empower, and provide hope to families enduring the “curveballs” of life.

Our Friends

We have had the honor and pleasure of getting to know some extraordinary children and their families over the years. We hope to meet many more friends just like them and make many more wishes come true.

Our Friends

We have had the honor and pleasure of getting to know some extraordinary children and their families over the years. We hope to meet many more friends just like them and make many more wishes come true.

Our Auction

The Magic of Michael was created as a way to share the memories of our son with the world. Now, we want to share the memories John Hirschbeck has encountered over his time as being one of Major League Baseball’s most respected and admired umpires with YOU. Here is your chance to own a piece of baseball history in this limited, one of kind auction of some of John’s most prized collectibles from his time in Major League Baseball. All proceeds will go to support the efforts of the Magic of Michael, bringing smiles to children and families in need.

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Our Events

The Magic of Michael wouldn’t exist without the support of our Northeast Ohio community.  Thanks to your generosity, we are able to provide assistance for both families and care providers in order to make life a little bit easier, and the future a little bit brighter.

We host fundraising events throughout the year, where our community gathers to enjoy laughs with good company, and to share stories about Michael’s legacy and the families we have been blessed to help. We’d love for you to join us!  Our next event is:

4th Annual Golf Outing
July 8th, 2019 @ The Lake Club

Contact Us:

495 Via Avellino Street, North Lima, OH 44452
magicofmichael17@gmail.com
330.233.4965

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