Our mission is to provide funding for families in Barton County, Kansas, with children who are living with cancer, create public awareness of childhood cancer, offer hope to families who are affected by childhood cancer, and to provide children in treatment or remission, from Kansas and western Missouri, an opportunity to just be kids again through Camp Hope.
6th Annual Golf Tournament May 9
The 6th Annual Kans for Kids Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, May 9 at the Club at Stone Ridge in Great Bend. Shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Cost of the tournament is $380 for a four-man team which includes a cart and dinner. A raffle and live auction will follow. Hole sponsorships are $100 each. For more information or to register a team, contact Gail Moeder at 620-786-4055.
Fire Destroys Camp Aldrich Dining Hall/ Conference Center – Home of Camp Hope
An early morning fire at Camp Aldrich is under investigation after camp staff reported the fire early Saturday morning. No injuries were reported in the blaze that took play in the dining hall of the Conference Center. The cause is under investigation, and a damage estimate has yet to be determined. Officials are now saying the dining hall is a complete loss. The facility was set to host a wedding on Saturday afternoon and had been fully decorated for the event that will now not happen. Camp Aldrich is owned by Barton Community College and hosts many events including Camp Hope, a summer camp for kids fighting cancer. (For information on how you can help Camp Hope, please go to the Camp Hope page.)
Zoe Jerke Appointed 2014 Kans for Kids Ambassador
Eleven-year-old Zoe Jerke, Great Bend, was appointed as the 2014 Kans for Kids Ambassador during the 2014 Radiothon. Zoe was diagnosed with a neuro-endocrine tumor on her pancreas when she was 22 months old and received support from Kans for Kids. After beating cancer, Zoe has gone on to help other children in the Barton County area who have also been diagnosed with the disease. In the spirit of paying it forward and giving back, she has donated several of her birthdays to Kans for Kids by asking her friends to make a donation rather than giving her gifts. Most recently, she sold lemonade door-to-door, donating all of the funds raised to Kans for Kids.
As an ambassador, Zoe, along with Hunter Donecker, 2013 Ambassador, assist Kans for Kids with events. They also participate in presentations done by the organization, speaking about their experience with cancer. She also attends Camp Hope each summer. Acquired by Kans for Kids in 2013, the camp is held for one week each summer for children from across the state of Kansas and Western Missouri who are in treatment for cancer or in remission.
Zoe is the daughter of Chad and Kristy Jerke, Great Bend, and a 5th
grader at Holy Family School. She has three siblings, Katy, Max, and