Kansas City CureSearch Walk Raises $120,000 for Children's Cancer Research

On April 6th, the Kansas City community gathered to honor and remember those around them affected by children's cancer. With dozens of children's cancer survivors in attendance, there was much to celebrate, but no one could forget the children who lost their battle with cancer.

Hundreds of participants helped raised $120,000 to help CureSearch fund targeted and innovative children's cancer as well as therapeutic clinical trials at hospitals across the country. Guests enjoyed crafts, balloon animals with Lulu the Clown, and face painting.

Participants like Danny Leontal see how kids are affected by cancer every day, working as a nurse at Children's Mercy Hospital. Before the Walk, Danny made a promise to his family and friends that if he raised more than $2,000, he would shave his head. He worked hard, and earned the spot of top fundraiser, raising $2,630. At the Walk, he made good on his promise and shaved his head, with a little help from some of the kids in attendance!

The survivors and children in treatment attending the Walk were a great reminder of the advances made in children's cancer treatment in recent decades, while those absent reminded everyone of how much more there is to do. During the opening ceremony, survivors and those in treatment were named CureSearch Champions and honored with medals. A moment of silence was also observed while balloons were released in memory of those who have been lost to childhood cancer.

The Kansas City CureSearch Walk brought together the community to show that through awareness and fundraising, a cure for childhood cancer can be found. Visit CureSearchWalk.org to find out how you can join a Walk in your community.

Christine Bork
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