Never Let Go Funds now available to help children with cancer in Lyon and surrounding counties

In February 2014, the Never Let Go Fund was formed as a component fund of the Emporia Community Foundation and began its journey of raising funds to provide financial assistance to families who have children undergoing cancer treatment. The Fund began providing assistance to Lyon County families in the fall of 2014.

Fund advisors, primarily led by Sandy Knight, had a goal of growing the fund to a level that could provide assistance to families in Lyon and its six contiguous counties. Through fundraising efforts, primarily the Dirty Kanza Support for Hire services and funds raised at the Emporia Area Match Day events, that goal has now been reached.

Adrian Lewis-Solano was 13 years old when he lost his battle with brain cancer in 2011. His inspiration and the financial struggles the family had during his cancer treatments led Knight,Adrian’s mother, to establish the Never Let Go Fund in honor of Adrian.

The essence of this fund is to help families battling childhood cancer with expenses not covered by insurance, or for costs incurred while caring for a child with cancer. The fund allows approved expenses up to $1,000 per year, per family, and is available for children in Lyon and surrounding counties.

Knight was compelled to make a difference, she said.

“Adrian has been my driving force who has kept pushing me and given me the courage and strength to stay focused on our goal of reaching out to more families in need,” she said. “We are very grateful for the support of the community, the Dirty Kanza organization and the Emporia Community Foundation who have helped us meet our goal.”

“We are happy to announce that the Never Let Go Fund has met its goal,” said Shirley Antes, ECF executive director. “This fund is a huge success story in fulfilling our mission of helping with the causes that matter in our community. By increasing the available funds, more families will be served and the financial burden lessened.”

Anyone interested in learning more about the Never Let Go Fund, how to access funds, or make a donation, can contact the foundation at 620-342-9304 or [email protected]

Information thanks to Emporia Community Foundation.


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