Kids Helping Kids
GAINESVILLE - It's devastating news that can break any family apart. Finding out your young one has cancer or any other life-threatening disease can take a toll on you. But in this case it's bringing people together. "Purple Doves, Kids Helping Kids," is an organization that offers volunteering opportunities for kids to help ill kids.
Three year old Ayden Henke has always wanted to be a pirate. However there's once obstacle slowing him down, and that's a brain tumor the size of a softball. Tiffany Henke, Ayden's mom never saw it coming. "So you never know the person next door to you can be the person that you never would know. and without everyone coming out and helping nobody would ever have a clue." She's glad "Purple Doves, Kids Helping Kids," is making people aware of what's out there.
Gerri Gerthe who is behind "Purple Doves, Kids Helping Kids," says, "It's giving kids an opportunity to do community service work and they do it by helping kids with critical needs." Gerthe says, "What started off as a relay for life project for Gerthe and her kids has ventured off to something much bigger, for example this fundraiser has a yard sale, face painting for kids and a bounce house among other things."
The Henke's aren't alone. Brian Williamson was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2011. His dad says, "You know our main concern is taking care of Brian. It's hard but life goes on and we have a family to take care of."
Kaedyn is another child who was in remission for 5 months until recently when he had a relapse his father Nakia Ballew tells us. "I think it's real important for the community to come together and help each other out. I mean, this is the first time that I had ever seen the community come together and actually everybody pull together and support something besides what their everyday normal lives are," Ballew says.
The organization's goal is for every county to have a team to help their local kids. Gerthe says, "So we have the potential to branch county to county and then teach each county to do the same thing and take care of local families."
If you would like to get on board and battle for Brian or help Kylie's cause who are a couple of these kids, don't hesitate in checking out their website: http://florida-kids-helping-kids.com/.
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