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#WeSeeYouKSHB: KC-area organization helps families facing pediatric cancer during COVID-19

Supporting kids foundation
Supporting kids foundation
Posted at 11:34 AM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 18:19:01-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, one local foundation is still working to help families battling pediatric cancer.

More than 10 years ago, a group of friends and neighbors in Lenexa joined together to create the Supporting Kids Foundation.

The volunteer organization focuses on financially supporting families who are facing pediatric cancer.

They have given $1.8 million to more than 500 families throughout the Kansas City area.

This year alone they have given $170,000 to more than 50 families.

But since the pandemic, things have slowed down and they aren't seeing as many requests from families.

41 Action News traffic anchor Daisha Jones spoke to the president of the Supporting Kids Foundation, Brian Hoban. He said the organization hasn't been getting very many requests from families during the pandemic, and he wants to let families facing this difficult time know they are still available.

"We have resources and money to give, so our hope is to share the word to let families know who are battling pediatric cancer, we want to assist before there's an emergency," Hoban said.

The foundation recognizes that no one can plan or save for something like pediatric cancer so they want to be the financial support for those who need it most.

"We don't ask for any financial verification. We just know that you have a need and and you have a child with cancer and we want to help," Hoban said.

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