2018 Beneficiary

2018 Beneficiary

Traverse City – Nominations closed November 17th for our 2018 beneficiary selection process. The Grand Traverse Guns N Hoses board met yesterday to review each of the seven nominations, and rate each selection based on our outlined criteria. Although this year proved to be the most difficult selection process yet, we’ve selected our 2018 beneficiary.

The Grand Traverse Guns N Hoses board is proud to announce our support and official selection of Erin Banton & Family of Traverse City.

In June 2015, at age 34, Erin was diagnosed with stage I Breast Cancer. From the start, she has fought with bravery, love, and grace; determined to show cancer her true strength.
With the support from our amazing community and her family, Erin came out on top.

Less than two years later, in May 2017, Erin was diagnosed with stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer. Without knowing exactly what to expect, Erin and Travis will likely encounter extra medical expenses and loss of wages at their full time jobs as they will be caring for their three amazing boys, supporting one another, and putting Erin’s health first.

Travis and Erin have been humbled by the outpouring of support they’ve received and want to make sure each one of you know how genuinely grateful they are for your love and prayers. They carry them through the tough days and remind them that Team Banton isn’t going to quit!

If you’d like to follow Erin’s journey on her Caring Bridge page use this link below:

#teambanton #strongerthanever

2018 Beneficiary Nominations

It is official! Mark your calendars for SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24th, 2018 for the 5th annual Grand Traverse Guns N Hoses Hockey Game! Five years! We’ve moved the date back due to some other conflicting events in our area so that hopefully everyone can attend!

We are in need of a beneficiary for this event. In order to streamline this process, we’ve updated our website with a submission form.

Please use the link for the nomination form found to the left.

Please do not submit nominations via Facebook, e-mail, or phone. We kindly ask that you are only use this form. Nominations can be across Northern Michigan. They can be an individual or family in need.

Thanks! Stay tuned for much more info on this event.

Sean McDonald 2017 Beneficiary

2017 Beneficiary


We’ve got the official numbers from our February 4th, 2017 hockey game!!

  • Total Attendance: 1,100+
  • Total Amount Raised for Sean McDonald & Family: $13,817.23!!!
  • To date, Grand Traverse Guns N Hoses has raised $53,545.82 for families in need in the Grand Traverse and surrounding area.

Once again, thank you all very much for your contributions to our event and to assisting Sean and his family. We truly appreciate all of your support!

Grand Traverse Guns N Hoses Board

Sean McDonald, 34, has recently been diagnosed with non-small cell Stage 4 lung cancer. Sean is the sole provider for his family which consists of his loving wife and 4 beautiful daughters.

We will be releasing more information soon.

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This is Sean Adam McDonald. He is 34 years old and has recently been diagnosed with non-small cell Stage 4 lung cancer. Sean is the sole provider for his family which consists of his loving wife and 4 beautiful daughters. They live in Traverse City, MI.

Sean is unable to work and support his family. Being on his feet aggravates his lungs causing severe coughing fits and vomiting. The doctors believe it was hereditary and say there is nothing he did or could’ve done to prevent this, especially since he is not a smoker or drinker. They have given him 12 months to live with treatment. This is literally a matter of life and death.

Sean is without health coverage. His extended family is trying to line up as many services as possible for Sean and his family. Unfortunately, this is taking much longer than expected.

He and his family need our support now. Sean desperately needs money to pay for medical bills, prescriptions, food, rent, utilities, and medical tests, such as an MRI or CT scan which require cash payments.

if you can help at all, please do Sean and family are very grateful for any help you might be able to provide. Thank you for your love, support and prayers. God Bless You, the McDonald Family

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Alyssa Lone

2016 Beneficiary

Our committee voted this past Sunday, November 1st to accept the nomination of naming Alyssa Lone, 19, of Frankfort as our beneficiary for the 2016 hockey game.

Alyssa has been volunteering with the Frankfort Fire Department for a couple of years now, but just in the last couple of months prior to her accident, became a certified firefighter.

Late on the night of September 6th, a pickup truck was hit by a semi at the intersection of US131 and M186 near Fife Lake.

Alyssa was in the passenger seat of that pickup, the side where the semi initially made contact.

The collision left Lone critically injured.

She was initially in the ICU at Munson Medical Center before being moved to a rehabilitation center in Muskegon, MI. She has recently been moved back up to a rehabilitation center in Northern MI closer to home.

Alyssa will need extensive therapy for many years. Her family is faced with soaring medical bills and travel expenses.

We hope to make the 2016 game our biggest yet, and we hope that you’ll join us in rallying around this family in their time of need.

In the meantime, please feel free to visit the gofundme page set up for Alyssa for more information or to make a donation.