Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation is partnering with Eagle Radio for the second annual Kans for Kids Radiothon on Friday, April 20, live on 100.7 Eagle Country, 1590 KVGB, 106.9 The Beagle, and B104.3 The Point.
The non-profit Kans for Kids provides financial and emotional support to Barton County families with children who are up to 18 years old and living with cancer. Portions of the funds raised go to the Becky Nicholson/Kans for Kids Scholarship.
According to the foundation directors, Duane and Debbie Reif of Hoisington, the project was developed in October 1994 by their children, Sarah, 11, and Shane, 8, to help with the medical expenses of their 10-month-old cousin, Katie. In March of 1996, the Reifs continued their effort and became known as Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation.
Since its inception, this project has raised over $500,000 by recycling aluminum cans, as well as from memorials, fundraisers and cash donations, while assisting many children living with cancer. Receptacles for can donations are located at recycling centers in Hoisington, Claflin and Olmitz; east of the Best Western Angus Inn, 2920 10th St., Great Bend; ACME Pipe and Steel, 700 Frey, Great Bend; and Knop Auto, 305 East Santa Fe Blvd., Ellinwood.
A 13-minute video about Kans for Kids can be found on the Internet at www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqX_7QkRDME.
Debbie Reif narrates, noting, “We’ve known and loved 26 kids (over the years). Twenty-four are still with us.” Kans for Kids is currently helping three boys from Great Bend: Dade, 8; Aaron, 15; and Adam, 4.
“We are grateful to our friends here at Eagle Radio for their hard work and dedication,” Reif said. “This is the biggest fundraiser that Kans for Kids has.”
Organizers invite everyone to join in to make a big difference in the lives of kids in Barton county fighting cancer and their families.
Nick Nulton with Eagle Radio said the purpose of the radiothon will be to educate the public about Kans for Kids, along with raising money. “We’ll be accepting phone call pledges, and we will be out in Claflin, Ellinwood, Great Bend and Hoisington that day accepting cans, cash and checks.”
To learn more about Kans for Kids, visit the website: www.kans4kidsfoundation.org.