To the editor:
We want to take this opportunity to clarify some misinformation that has been circulating throughout central Kansas concerning Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation. First and foremost, Kans for Kids is very much alive and well. Duane and Debbie Reif, former directors/founders, retired in mid-September. Christi Herber was hired and the director’s torch was passed to her.
Nothing else has changed. Kans for Kids is still located at 169 S. Main in Hoisington. The phone number is still 620-653-2210. The website is still www.kansforkids.org and the email is still firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kans for Kids continues to provide financial and emotional support for children being treated for cancer and their families in Barton, Russell, Pawnee, Rice and recently added Stafford County. Thirty nine children in those counties have received assistance from Kans for Kids over the past 26 years.
We continue to provide up to $6,000 per calendar year for all families that meet the qualifications set forth by the Board of Directors. Those funds are continued for one year following the child’s end of treatment. Children must be 18 years of age or younger when diagnosed and must be a legal resident of one of the counties listed above. In the loss of one of “our kids,” the majority of final expenses are donated by Kans for Kids.
Two five-year-renewable scholarships are given to any of the kids that have been assisted by the organization as they pursue education beyond high school. The Dade Cannon Memorial Scholarship is given to any sibling of any child who has been assisted.
Not only are families assisted financially, they are provided with gifts and “surprises” for the entire family periodically while the child is undergoing treatment. Christmas gifts and groceries are donated to each family during the holidays ... and so much more.
As most people know, Kans for Kids was begun by collecting aluminum cans, recycling them for the children being assisted. That also has not changed. Receptacles for aluminum cans for Kans for Kids are now available in the following places: behind Wilson State Bank in Hoisington; True Value, Pour House, East of Best Western, ACME Iron and Heavy Metals in Great Bend; south of the gym in Odin; behind the library in Claflin; at Knop Automotive in Ellinwood; at the fire department in Albert; across from the Pizza Hut in Lyons; at Comfort Pro in Russell; at Comfort Pro in Larned; at Quick Connection in Gorham; and at the recycling center in Olmitz.
We are currently providing assistance to children in Great Bend, Lyons, Chase and Hudson.
We say all of this so that everyone is very clear that Kans for Kids is alive and well and continuing the mission set many years ago. Nothing has changed but the director.
We are eternally grateful for the support given to this organization and encourage you to continue that support as you are able. For questions or concerns please contact Christi Herber at 620-653-2210.
With gratitude and sincerity,
Duane and Debbie Reif and Christi Hope Herber