KANSAS CITY, Mo. - An organization called Kids with Courage is quietly behind-the-scenes at Children’s Mercy Hospital making surprise visits to parents with children who have been diagnosed with Type I diabetes.
“We deliver a gift basket to each parent with a teddy bear for the child and practical information and tools the parents will need as they begin the journey of caring for a child with diabetes,” Leslye Ratterman said.
Paul Fleming and Leslye Ratterman are volunteers with Kids with Courage. They both have children with Type I diabetes and they both remember the moment when a volunteer brought them a gift basket.
“You’re dealing with a new scary diagnosis for your child and what it could mean and then someone comes in with the lovely gift basket and a big smile. It raises your spirits and gives you hope that you can handle what’s to come,” Fleming said.
On Friday, November 1, Kids with Courage will have host a gala called One inspired Evening to raise money to purchase the gift baskets.
It will be at the Longview Mansion. The public is invited to attend.
There will be a silent auction, dinner and entertainment.
If you would like to attend, you can purchase tickets on the Kids with Courage home page at, http://www.kidswithcourage.org/.
Keith King will be the emcee at the gala. Cynthia Newsome is donating an auction item. The top bidder will be a guest in-studio and on the air on 41 Action News Midday.
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