HOISINGTON — Children of Barton receiving a diagnosis of cancer will be the beneficiaries of the 5th Annual Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation Auction & Dinner held on Oct. 3 at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus Hall. A standing-room only crowd filled the hall in support of the event entitled Lights, Camera, AUCTION!
Following three silent auctions and the meal, Hunter Donecker, 12, and Dade Cannon, 11, spoke to the audience of their journeys through childhood cancer.
Hunter was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma (a tumor of the liver) at the age of 3. He beat his cancer and is now a 6th grader and the son of Jon and Misty Donecker, Pawnee Rock. He received emotional and financial support from Kans for Kids and was appointed the first Ambassador of the organization in 2013.
Dade was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 5 years old and, after three years of treatment, he was declared cancer-free. His cancer returned a year later and he began treatment again. He’s nearing the end of his second three-year- regimen of treatment. He is the son of Christy Huslig. The 5th grader was appointed as the third Ambassador in 2015.
In addition to a successful auction, a bidding war between KU fan Jeff Zoller and K-State fan Alan Hoffman added to the excitement of the evening. Prior to the event, both had agreed that the one raising the fewest dollars for Kans for Kids would have to don the opposing team’s cheerleading outfit and attend a Hoisington Chamber of Commerce coffee, cheer one time up Main St. and have his picture taken for newspapers. Being the great sports that they both are they agreed they would declare the contest a draw and both wear the opposition’s outfit on a date to be announced. The bidding war alone raised over $7,500, pushing the total for this year’s event to over $33,000.
Kans for Kids celebrated its 21st anniversary in September, providing emotional and financial support to 29 area children over the years. Organizers of the auction expressed thanks for the support from people in the area who donated items, supported the organization with monetary donations, attended this year’s event or helped in anyway.
For more information on Kans for Kids go to: www.kans4kidsfoundation.org.