'I'm not running!' Eric Stonestreet cheers crowd at cancer prevention event
Fans of the ABC sitcom "Modern Family" enjoy the antics of Eric Stonestreet, and likely know the talented actor, who plays Cameron Tucker, deserves his Emmys.
But those fans may not know that the native of Kansas City, Kan., has a serious side. Off screen, the compassionate actor is determined to help kids.
Stonestreet and several other notable people came to Kansas City to support Noah's Bandage Project Saturday in Overland Park.
"We need all the money we can get for pediatric cancer research," Stonestreet said.
Noah's Crown Town 5k Run/Walk, which was hosted in conjunction with Agape Montessori School, collects boxes of bandages and also raises funds to support pediatric cancer research.
The money raised by 1,500 runners and walkers, as well as donations, will stay in Kansas City.
To date, Noah's Bandage Project has donated more than 100,000 boxes of bandages.
The event honors Noah Wilson, who passed away from cancer in June of 2015 at age 7. The boy had started a bandage project.
"This is a beautiful thing. People are making an impact," said Royals pitcher Danny Duffy, who was also there to support Noah's Bandage Project.
"This year we're making a pledge for a million dollars," said Scott Wilson, Noah's father. "These kids who are fighting do not deserve the fight they are in.
"This money will stay right here in Kansas City at Children's Mercy Hospital."
The organization has donated $300,000 from the past two events for pediatric cancer research.
Other notables at the event included singer Casi Joy, who sang the national anthem; Joel Goldberg, a host of Royals Live Pregame and Post-game on Fox Sports Kansas City; Al Fitzmorris, a former Royals pitcher; and Ken Kramer, a former Chiefs player.
Superheroes and Star Wars characters greeted runners and walkers along the race course, which looped through the streets of Corporate Woods.