JCBA presents first Kringle Award to Kimberly Wade, Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation
- December 15, 2016
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The Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation in Memory of Jonny Wade and its founder, Kimberly Wade, were honored by the Jersey County Business Association for the organization’s critical work in fighting pediatric cancer through research and political action. The “Kringle” award is given to an individual and organization that passionately works to promote a cause, improving Jersey County by extension.
The Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation and Kimberly Wade are the first recipients of what will be a prestigious award in Jerseyville. Nathan Wittman, president of Jersey County Business Administration, presented Wade with a stained glass butterfly award, which she then hung atop the community Christmas tree during the county’s annual holiday event. The butterfly is the foundation’s official symbol, a perfect reflection of the metamorphosis-like journey that is pediatric cancer. The award ornament will hang on the community Christmas tree this year and for all future years as additional Kringle recipients are named.
“I’m honored and humbled to accept the first Kringle Award on the behalf of my son, Jonny,” Wade said. “Jonny exemplified kindness with a full spirit of love for everyone. His last wish was that no other kid have cancer. I will continue to push tirelessly to make his wish come true through the Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation in Memory of Jonny Wade. Thank you to the Jersey County community for your love and support through our family’s tragedy and for sharing our passion in helping make Jonny’s wish come true by fighting pediatric cancer. We are blessed to live in such a wonderful community and to call so many loving people our friends and neighbors.”
About Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation in Memory of Jonny Wade
The Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation was founded in memory of 8-year-old Jonny Wade shortly after his death. Despite the circumstances, Jonny believed he could make a difference for other children affected by cancer and made a selfless wish to his parents: “I don’t want any other kid to have cancer.” Pediatric cancer is the leading cause of disease-related death for children under the age of 15 in the United States. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit’s mission is to conquer pediatric cancer through research and political action, with an emphasis on responsible spending.
Visit kidsshouldnthavecancer.org for more information about the foundation and for photos of the family and events.