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 and offer hope to families who are affected by childhood cancer.
Kans for Kids donates $300,000 to help rebuild conference center at Camp Aldrich!!
Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation announced on Wednesday that all of the $215,000 in tax credits awarded to the organization by the Kansas Department of Commerce earlier this year have been purchased and will allow the organization to contribute $300,000 to Barton Community College toward the rebuilding of the Camp Aldrich conference center/dining hall that was lost in a fire early in 2014.
In August of 2013 Kans for Kids acquired sponsorship of Camp Hope, a one-week summer camp for children from across the state of Kansas and western Missouri who have cancer or are in remission. “Camp Aldrich has been ‘home’ to Camp Hope for over 30 years. The fire was devastating for them. However, BCC graciously provided their campus for camp 2014. We’re forever grateful for their generosity,” Reif noted.
Kans for Kids’ Camp Hope Committee provided BCC with a ‘wish list’ of things that would be beneficial to Camp Hope and other similar groups using Camp Aldrich. “We were hopeful that we’d be able to provide $215,000 toward the rebuilding but we are thrilled to be able to contribute $300,000 toward the rebuilding,” said Debbie Reif, Director of Kans for Kids. “With the additional $85,000, all of Camp Hope’s wish list will be fulfilled. We are so very grateful to all of those who contributed to this project!”
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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