Ky. EMS Honor Children with Cancer
May 11--WHITLEY COUNTY--In an effort to recognize, support and raise awareness for childhood cancer, a special project by the Whitley County Fiscal Court and Whitley EMS made for an extraordinary Wednesday for area children.
Whitley EMS Director Kelly Harrison along with Judge/Executive Pat White Jr. and other area officials spent the day touring Whitley County revealing to local children affected by cancer an ambulance that is now decorated in their honor.
Hinkle Printing wrapped the ambulance with handprints of numerous Whitley County children who have battled, are battling or been affected in some way by cancer.
"I had been wanting to do this for a long time," Harrison said. "I've seen several different ambulances around the state do things in honor of armed forces and other things. What's close to our hearts is the children. I wanted to do something to recognize them in their special needs."
When Harrison approached White with the idea approximately three months ago, Harrison said, "he loved it."
Coal severance money was used for the purchase. White said the ambulances were used and would have needed to be restriped anyway.
"I feel like our children in Whitley County need to be recognized and know that we as an EMS service and as county employees support them," Harrison added. "It's dear to my heart."
White says this project was near and dear to his heart as well. White is a childhood cancer survivor himself and his children routinely go through screenings to make sure they didn't inherit that type of cancer.
"There are a lot of other kids that struggle here and we try to help and do fundraisers when we find kids in those circumstances. We don't think their struggle can go unnoticed."
Seven-year-old Reed Elliotte arrived at Corbin Primary on Wednesday morning via the newly decorated ambulance and was greeted by his classmates. Elliotte has spent the past couple of years battling lymphoma. However, at this time Elliotte's mother is happy to report the cancer cells are gone. He enjoyed the morning, showing fellow classmates his handprints on the ambulance.
The ambulance then went on to visit other schools throughout the county including Williamsburg Independent, Whitley Central Primary and Bell-Whitley Early Headstart.
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