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Morning Mix- Good News 7.16.20
Posted at 9:35 AM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 09:35:53-04

1. Law enforcement and teens in Grand Rapids came together playing in a basketball tournament called Unity in the Community.

The event at Martin Luther King Park was designed to bring together Grand Rapids police officers, firefighters, and high school students around a shared interest.

It gave students the opportunity to hear directly from officers, and run drills with the head coach of the Chicago Bulls, Jim Boylen.

This was the first event, but organizers say it won't be the last.

2. A Mary Free Bed patient and his wife are canoeing the entire Mississippi River.

Nate Denofre and his wife, Christa, began their 2,500-mile journey on May 8 in Lake Itasca, Minnesota.

They were dealing with snow and ice when they started, but they've been paddling every day, only stopping to set up camp along the Mississippi River.

Nate, who's a life-long Mary Free Bed patient, was born without legs due to a rare birth defect.

His goal is to raise money for his nonprofit, which helps individuals and veterans with physical disabilities enjoy the outdoors and to inspire others.

Nate and Don are hoping to reach the Gulf of Mexico sometime next month.

3. A new exhibition is coming to the Grand Rapids Public Museum next month called "Epidemics in a Connected World.

The exhibit is coming to the museum from the Smithsonian. It'll feature new information about COVID-18 and explore how outbreaks become pandemics.

Guests can see it in-person between August 1 and October 18.

4. The Ionia McDonald's is hosting a 12-hour fundraiser for the Ionia Free Fair, which started at 7 a.m. today.

The restaurant off South State Street will open a special drive-thru lane dedicated to donations. They'll also be donating a portion of their proceeds to the fair.

The fundraiser runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on what would have been the opening day for the Ionia Free Fair.

Donations will support the fair's return next year.

5. Nike has teamed up with the Grateful Dead for a show called the Nike SB Dunk Low Grateful Dead.

The shoe is part of Nike's skateboarder line. They include the band's dancing bear and "Steal Your Face" skull logos, inside, and the famous Nike swoosh has a frayed outline like the bear's collar.

They also feature fake fur and suede, and a sweet zippered storage pouch built into the tongue.

These shoes cost $110 a pair.