CureSearch for Children's Cancer funds and supportstargeted and innovative children's cancer research with measurableresults, and is the authoritative source of information and resourcesfor all those affected by children's cancer.
The morning started off cold and windy for late April in Kansas City, but that didn't deter more than 1,700 people from attending the second CureSearch Walk – Kansas City on April 21st. By the time the opening ceremonies took place, the sun was shining and the air was warm as emcee Mark Clegg from KSHB's Action News announced that not only were there more people than expected in attendance, the event raised over $134,000 for children's cancer research, making it one of the largest CureSearch Walk events in the nation!
Anchored by the event's chair, Barb Patterson who lost her toddler granddaughter, Lucy, to cancer not two years ago, the event's organizing committee included parents of children who have survived cancer and those who did not and nurses from the pediatric oncology unit at Mercy Children's Hospital. Not a detail was left undone by this dedicated group. During registration, laughter was heard and smiles were seen as children of all ages enjoyed face painting, balloon animals and a visit from Dexter the dinosaur! And, because the event took place at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, home of the Kansas City T-Bones, 500 tickets for opening day were given out to Walkers!
Before the walkers took to the route, they gathered in the seats behind home plate to learn about how CureSearch supports children's cancer research, and to honor the children and families touched by this disease. Thirteen families went to the field and received white balloons which were then released in a ceremony honoring those children who fought, but lost, their battles with cancer. After that, 40 children in treatment and who had survived emerged from the home team dugout to tell the audience their names and receive medals as they were honored as CureSearch Walk Champions.
These Champions then carried a banner that read “These Are the Reasons We Walk” and led participants in the one mile course through and around the stadium. Along the way, walkers encountered posters bearing the photos of children honored by many of the 75 teams participating in the Walk.
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