Area residents will have the opportunity to take part in a "crusade" to benefit a local child fighting leukemia beginning Saturday.
Kallie Swan, the daughter of Tara and Shane, of the Falconer and Kennedy area, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in August. She was 21 months old. Today, Kallie continues to battle the cancer. Although, she is currently in remission, she'll still require chemotherapy treatment for nearly three years. The majority of her treatment has occurred at Women And Children's Hospital in Buffalo.
A benefit weekend for Kallie begins on Saturday with a family fun day at "Kallie's Karnival," which will be located at the Kennedy Fire hall from noon-4 p.m. The event will feature a bounce house and slide, dunk tank, carnival games, food, music, cornhole tournament, car wash, basket auction and drawings. A "Karwash for Kallie" will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Immaculate Koncepts, 54 E. Main St. in Falconer, during which donations will be accepted. Later in the evening, Jackrabbit Slim will perform at Shawbuck's, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., at which door proceeds will act as donations.
Tara, Kallie and Shane Swan are pictured.
Then on Sunday, a Kallie's Krusaders 5k run and walk will be held beginning at the Jamestown Renaissance Center on West Third Street in downtown Jamestown, with check-in at 11 a.m., and a start time of noon. But, for those who would rather ride, a 1-hour and 20-minute motorcycle cruise through Bemus Point, called "Kruise for Kallie," will be held with check-in at 10 a.m., and a start time of 11 a.m. Both the 5K and the cruise will end back at the JRC, where live music, a Chinese auction and more drawings will occur.
Kallie's father, Shane, is an officer for the Jamestown Police Department, and Tara is a guidance counselor at Lutheran. The funds raised from the benefit will serve to help Shane and Tara with travel and medical expenses. Any funds not utilized will be donated to other local families in need, as well as the supporting organizations that have helped Kallie. The 5k run and walk may also become an annual event to benefit others battling cancer.
"We are so fortunate to live in a community filled with such kindhearted and generous people - the support is unbelievable," the Swans said. "From family and close friends, to acquaintances who have become close friends, to people we do not even know, but hope we have the opportunity to meet. Thank you all for your love and support. We are just so thankful and appreciative of everything that is being done for our daughter, Kallie. She is a very special little girl."
For more information, call Tiffani Conti at 450-2884, or search for "Kallie's Krusade Benefit 2013" on Facebook.