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Chiefs raise funds for victims of childhood trauma

Posted at 5:59 PM, Aug 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-09 18:59:26-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The day Chiefs fans have been waiting for has finally arrived. The first preseason game is here. 

"I am very excited,” said Chiefs fan Lee Hoechstetter. 

"Well, we've been waiting since the last game last year, so let's go. Let's get the show on the road,” said Christina Richenburg. 

One nonprofit in Kansas City has also been counting down the days. 

"I can't believe it's game day now. We’ve been preparing for this for almost a year,” said Denise Cross, CEO of Cornerstones of Care.

Cornerstones of Care helps more than 10,000 children and families in any neighborhood in the metro. 

"Cornerstones of Care is a behavioral health organization that really is dedicated to the health and safety of children and families,” said Cross. 

The organization also works with kids who may have some behavioral issues after experiencing trauma. 

After applying and a community vote, the nonprofit is getting some extra help from the Kansas City Chiefs. 

"Cornerstones of Care is so excited that we were chosen to be the beneficiary of the Chiefs Charity Game this year,” said Cross. 

The Chiefs Charity Game started in 1985. Since then, more than $13.3 million has been raised; $6 million has been raised in the last 10 years. 

Cornerstones of Care set a goal of $500,000 and is confident they will reach it. 

"We're very close and we will reveal that number tonight actually at halftime. We’ll be on the field receiving a check with the total amount raised,” said Cross. 

Fans can help them reach their goal by purchasing a Chiefs Charity Game T-shirt or the 50/50 raffle tickets at the game.