Kyle's Challenge




"To me there's no better way to celebrate Kyle's life than to help kids."

Kyle's Mom and WDET Member, Aimee Cowher


Kyle’s Challenge is a community giveback initiative started by two generous WDET donors, Gary Cone and Aimee Cowher, in memory of their son Kyle. This year marks the 6th anniversary of this special, one-day fundraiser that makes a big difference for our community.  


Here’s how it works:

Aimee and Gary challenge YOU to get involved in supporting your public radio station by matching their generous support – a $25,000 gift to WDET - as part of our year-end campaign.

Every dollar you give on December 11 will be matched by The Kyle John Foundation - $1 for $1 - in support of community programming on WDET.  

When we reach our goal of $25,000 by midnight on December 11, WDET will donate back $25,000 in promotional airtime to FIVE local youth-focused non-profits.  

Make your gift now and join us in celebrating Kyle’s life from 2-4 pm on December 11 during a special two hours of music with Ann Delisi featuring music on the theme Peace, Love, and Harmony.



About The Kyle John Rymiszewski Foundation

The Kyle John Rymiszewski Foundation was founded in loving memory of Kyle John Rymiszewski by WDET donors Gary Cone and Aimee Cowher, Kyle’s mom. Kyle suffered a heart attack that ended his life on December 3, 2009, when he was just short of his 16th birthday. Kyle suffered from a heart condition called hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy which causes the heart muscle to thicken, forcing the heart to work harder to pump blood. The Kyle John Foundation celebrates Kyle’s life and makes a difference for children afflicted with Cardiomyopathy.  

Learn how you can support their work here »


Kyle's Story

"The future of Detroit is a generation away, and we need to nurture it."

WDET Member, Gary Cone

December 11 marks Kyle’s birthday. Although it’s a hard day for those who knew and loved him, Kyle’s Challenge celebrates the joy that was Kyle’s life. Gary and Aimee created this community impact campaign with WDET in 2012 and it continues to be the largest challenge in the station’s history. Thanks to The Kyle John Foundation and the hundreds of listeners who have participated each year, Kyle’s Challenge has significantly improved WDET’s ability to serve our community while also supporting local youth-focused organizations that are making a difference in the lives of metro Detroit kids.



Previous Kyle's Challenge Recipients

Like Mosaic, WDET is committed to Detroit and to the young people of Detroit.

Rick Sperling, President and Founding Artistic Director of Mosaic Theatre

In the last five years, Kyle’s Challenge has generated over $250,000 in support for WDET thanks to the generosity of The Kyle John Foundation and hundreds of listeners.  As a result, WDET has awarded nearly $200,000 in free promotional airtime to the Detroit-area non-profits below that are creating a better future for young people in our region.



Nominate a local non-profit »

Non-profits must be locally based and serve children in Metro Detroit. WDET will give preference to organizations that have modest annual operating budgets. 

This year marks the 6th anniversary of Kyle’s Challenge and the opportunity to have an even greater impact on our community. 


It’s simple. Every dollar you give between now and midnight on December 11th will be matched $1 for $1 - up to $25,000 - by The Kyle John Foundation. When we hit the goal of raising $25,000, WDET will donate $25,000 in free promotional support for five local non-profits making a difference in the lives local kids.

Nominate a non-profit »