Thousands walk across the metro for children's charities

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The sunny weather brought even more people out to support several children's charities Sunday.

The 25th annual Trolley Run, supporting the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired, had 1,000 runners racing Sunday morning.

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The organization helps prepare children with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities, to reach their highest potential in the sighted world.

The fact that so many people showed really means a lot to families like the Bambers.

Jill Bamber's son, Sean, had a stroke when he was two days old. The stroke left him legally blind.

"It's a great feeling to see so many people coming out to support CCVI, supporting the kids, the families," Bamber said.

At least 8,000 people walked in the March of Dimes March, too. The organization works to help families with babies born too soon or with birth defects.

Tracy Shinzel's son, Jude, was born with a tumor in his mouth that did not allow him to breathe on this own. He spent his first four months at the Newborn Critical Care Unit at Children's Mercy.

"It was a life-saver. Literally, we both actually would not have made it," Shinzel explained. "And the fact that they had the resources they have had, it has helped him overcome so much."

Kathleen Eggers had triplets three and half months early. They all weighed less than two pounds. While the young babies fought for their lives, the family lost one son.

"We walk in honor of how far Sam and Claire have come and in memory of their brother, who unfortunately did not survive. So it is just heartwarming for us to come together," Eggers said.

These are the stories that enticed the large group walking to support the March of Dimes Sunday. The money raised will go toward research and upgrading medical equipment at several local hospitals.

Kristin Voos, a Neonatologist at Children's Mercy, said it is a stressful time when your child is in NICCU.

"You need the equipment and you need the medical technology, but you also really need the funds to support families. We have a family center care committee and we partner with March of Dimes and use a lot of their education and information for families," Voos said.

The families who are directly impacted by the faculties dedicated to children said they are grateful for the support and grateful to live in Kansas City.

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