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Dominick Calhoun's Family Trying to Heal

Rick Calhoun said family is busy honoring 4-year-old's memory, looking forward to togetherness.

Rick Calhoun still cries everyday.

He has suffered through stress-related health problems and admits sometimes his head is still spinning.

However, the Linden resident has done his best to move forward two years after his 4-year-old grandson in April 2010 inside an Argentine Township apartment.

“I still talk to him everyday,” Calhoun said.  “Every time a good thing happens to me, I know he’s the one that is watching us.”

After Dominick’s mother formerly of Tyrone Township, were convicted and sentenced for the murder of Dominick, Calhoun said he and his family have been able to take a step forward.

“It was an emotional rollercoaster. We were devastated,” Calhoun said. “I feel better now. When the case ended, it was a huge release of stress and tension. You are walking around on eggshells anticipating everything. Now that weight is lifted off."

The family helped put on an Easter egg hunt Saturday in Flint that included 15,000 Easter eggs and 1,000 children. The Calhoun family helped to organize the set to take place at 7:30 a.m. April 21 at Kensington Metropark in Milford. Calhoun is also set to be named the Crime Victim Advocate of the Year.

Calhoun said he has again been able to focus on his contracting business and working with his son, and Dominick’s father, Eric Calhoun.

“It was emotionally draining,” Eric said of the court case. “It was very stressful.”

Rick said the family is planning to have some private time alone this summer, perhaps taking a frequent trips up north. He said the family has made a commitment to having fun and enjoying themselves.

“We are coming back as family,” Rick Calhoun said. “We will keep Dominick in our hearts. We need to lay back and have some togetherness alone. Everything is out there and we need some private time.”

Rick said the efforts of child abuse awareness and prevention will not stop. There will still be plenty of and events to honor Dominick. He said there are plenty of supporters across the country that can carry torch as his family heals.

“That’s what has kept us going. People have continued to support us and give us kind words and rally. There are a lot of great people out there,” Rick said. “I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished to make sure things change.”

Rick said the incident has changed his life forever and that he will always fight child abuse.

“When you are watching TV and hear about a child being murdered or hurt, you sit there and think ‘oh my Lord, that’s so terrible.’ But then the sports come on and you won't think of it again. That’s the way I was. My whole family was. Now it hit us.

“Now instead of going back to sports we are going out and making difference.”

LAURA HEARN April 10, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Mr Calhoun, I am new to Hartland Patch but I am familiar with your tragic loss of Dominick. The strength and bravery displayed by your determined work at raising awareness and advocacy to educate people about child abuse and prevent it if possible,is phenomenal. I lost my husband Wayne, 9 years ago to lymphoma, and my daughter Lisa, 3 yrs later, who collapsed at his funeral, with a rare liver cancer. The care both received at U of M Hospital/Mott Hospital, The Gift of Life, Make-A-Wish and The American Cancer Society, was outstanding. Currently, I am the Event Chairperson for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life Hartland. I have been involved with the Relay since 2006, the year Lisa died. It is my way to give back to the Hartland community, as well as get the information out of the importance of the American Cancer Society's impact on all of us. Getting information out to the community through events and activities is so productive, by showing it's not something to be hidden. People have to SPEAK UP, ASK QUESTIONS, DO SOMETHING to preserve our children and families. Thank you for giving information about your upcoming events. Your efforts are priceless, especially if just one person/child/family is saved from the tragedy you have experienced. The Relay For Life Hartland 2012 will be held at Hartland High School May 5, 9am to May 6, 9am. Info is online at relayforlife.org/hartlandmi or cancer.org. All are welcome. My prayers are with you.

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