After they lost their son Cade to cancer, the Filer family of Harrisonville created an annual birthday party to raise money for Children’s Mercy Hospital, where he was treated.
This weekend, the family is hosting the 10th — and final — such event.
“We have been overwhelmed and so thankful for the support of our family, friends and this community over the past nine years,” Cade’s mother, Jill Filer, said in a release. “We’re also looking forward to finding new ways to support Children’s Mercy and, therefore, this will be the last birthday party event. Although, we love organizing this event each year, we also are excited about new opportunities.”
This year’s Birthday Party for CMH will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 10 at the Harrisonville Community Center, 2400 Jefferson Parkway. There will be games and crafts for children, balloon-creating and family pictures along with ice cream and cake.
The party is free, but guests are encouraged to make a donation to the Child Life program at Children’s Mercy. Child Life’s purpose is to help young patients continue to be children while spending time at the hospital. The program also educates the child and family to help them feel more at ease with medical procedures.
To make an online donation, visit http://give.childrensmercy.org/goto/BirthdayPartyforCMH.
Compiled by Elaine Adams, Special to The Democrat