Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Happy double-digit birthday, sweet Kyrie! Not a day goes by that we don't miss you terribly and oh, how we would celebrate this special day with you!

Most likely you would be starting fourth grade. That sounds so big compared to how little you were when we last hugged you. You would have probably picked out a special first-day-of-school outfit, and your mom would have helped you style your hair just so. Your dad would have given you a big squeeze that morning and snapped a few priceless photos. What we would give to have those photos.

We can only imagine how you get to celebrate your life here on earth up there in heaven. Our birthday wish is that you continue to gently fly with us on our journey here and that you continue to connect big hearts who want to help the little brains in need.

Our hearts are still broken, but that doesn't mean that we won't rejoice in your heavenly day today. Happy 10th birthday, sweet girl! We love you so dearly and know that we will be together again.

Monday, July 27, 2015

2nd Annual 5K!!!!!

Hey, friends! Please be sure to support the Kyrie Foundation and its sponsors this year by attending or donating to the second-annual 5k and family fun walk! Stay tuned to the event Facebook page for details!

Kyrie Foundation 2015 5K

Saturday, September 19, 2015
Sedgwick County Park, Wichita, KS

REGISTER HERE: kyrie5k2015.kintera.org

Lots of fun ways to help the cause---and you could win a car!!!! (Not kidding! Better stay tuned to that Facebook page!)

Graciously sponsored by:
Mattress Hub
Material Girls Quilt Shoppe
Intouch Solutions
Dan & Sheila Sabala
Wilkinson Construction
Staples Print Solutions
Accent Mobile Music
Lacy & Associates, J.P. Weigand Realtor
Jayhawk Oilfield Supply
Family Church
Andi Holt, Rodan + Fields Independent Consultant
Kruse Corporation
Welco Services
Hampel Oil
Art's & Mary's Homestyle Tater Chips
Green Leaf Chiropractic
West Acres Bowling
Wheels Studio
Dopps Chiropractic

Beth Dickey, Farmers Insurance

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Day the Angels Came

The Day the Angels Came
a grandpa's prayer and poem for Kyrie Dawn

Wednesday, April 4, the day we heard of the explosive growth of the tumors

Alas! O, Lord what is it that I hear?
Is it Your angels coming for our Kyrie Dawn?
O, please Lord, keep them at bay--
If just for one more day.

Thursday, April 5, Holy Thursday

O, Lord, what is this I hear?
Is it that You need another little angel to be near?
O, please Lord, please Lord, don't take our Kyrie dear.
Could You please keep Your angels away,
and we could have her just one more day?

Friday, April 6, Good Friday

O, precious, sweet Jesus, is this the day?
No, no, dear Lord, not today--
This is Your day that You died to save.
Again, please Dear God, let us be selfish
and keep sweet Kyrie another day.

Saturday, April 7, Holy Saturday Easter Vigil

Thank you dear God in heaven
for yet another precious day--
For we all know things will be done your way.
Little Kyrie Dawn is fighting so very hard--
Yesterday she three her ball three times
till her tiny arm got tired.

Angel of God, my guardian dear,
To whom God's love entrusts her here,
Ever this day be at her side
To light, to guard, to rule to guide. Amen.

Sunday, April 8, Easter Sunday

Dear God in Heaven, Your angels came last night,
As we all knew that someday they might.
They came around the hour of seven
to take our precious one to her
special place in heaven.
Sweet Jesus, we know that you, too, love the little ones,
so to You we give You our little Kyrie Dawn--
And in the end, it is always Your will that will be done.



originally published April 7, 2007

Monday, September 1, 2014


Happy ninth birthday, sweet Kyrie! Oh, how can the years stack up so quickly??

Just because you're in heaven, doesn't mean that your parents don't reminisce about the day you were born. The excitement. The anticipation. The gratitude. What a perfectly packaged little angel you were! You packed in so much love during the short time you were here. Not quite enough, though, to make the ache go away.

And that's the thing. People like to assume that the adage is true, that time heals all wounds. It doesn't. What time does give you, though, is perspective. Time grows faith. Time gives you new friends to help pick you up. Time wears calluses around your tear ducts. And ironically, for spiritual people, the more time passes, the closer we actually get to mending our broken hearts.

So that is the gift for today and every day, really. What seems like one step farther is really one step closer.

We love and miss you dearly, little Kyrie, and we'll do our best to get as many people to celebrate your purpose this month. xoxoxoxo

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Game Plan

So here it is. The last week of August. If you're sad about the end of summer, I have some good news for you. It's just the beginning of the most important time of the year for childhood cancer awareness. 

What do you mean, you say? We mean, use September—the next 4 1/2 weeks—to stick it to children's brain cancer. How?

1. Take out your credit card and register for the Kyrie Foundation 5K scheduled for Saturday, October 25. Right now. We'll wait.
2. Use your personal 5K registration page to invite your friends and fam to walk or run with you.
3. Send an email to your pals explaining that you need their help and their donations to beat this cancer for the little brains that can't.
4. Post on Facebook the link to your personal 5K page so that friends can donate to your participation.
5. If you've never run a 5K before (like me), download the Couch to 5K app. There's still time to really do this thing!
6. Keep reminding people. There are a lot of distractions out there, and people forget about stuff.
7. Feel free to replace your FB profile photo or post this photo in your status or on your blog. Tell people why your work matters.

8. Send another email.
9. Ask your office to make a donation.
10. Post again.
11. Count your blessings. Plenty of moms and dads out there are hoping and praying that someone like you will do something--anything--to help find a cure for their child.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Young hearts. Old souls.

Nothing warms our hearts more than when kids help other kids. And from day one, we have had young supporters working alongside the Kyrie Foundation, inspiring the adult volunteers.

• Madison and Mason have been super-incredible fundraisers each and every year for the walk, and the Stolz kids who have generously put together gift baskets.
• Anna, who has been our little light of inspiration since our very first year.
• The Andover Central Softball girls have organized fundraising tournaments and face-painted for the cause.
• The Andover Central student who organized a school assembly to help with the Pepsi Good voting several years ago.
Kaela, who's battled a brain tumor herself, and her brother put together last year's Twilight Walk video and raise money selling t-shirts to donate to the foundation.
• Bishop Carroll's NHS students have volunteered to help each year.
• The little elementary school class in Valley Center who fundraised for the foundation.
• Vanna who made duct tape wallets and Brett who wove bracelets to help the cause.
• Jayce and Audrey who have helped their mom set up every krop.
• The volunteer families who bring their kids to our events for set-up, tear-down and you-name-it.
• Emma and Abby who gave asked their friends for donations instead of gifts for their 8th birthdays.

And so many more!

And when you look at this year's 5K event, you should know that this, too, is the work of a young and dedicated heart.

For several years, patrons have asked for a 5K. Already stretched thin on resources, the board has never had the bandwidth or the experience to organize one ... until Broc. A junior this year at Maize High School, Broc has wrangled the help of his friends, family, neighbors and local businesspeople to help make the first-ever Kyrie Foundation 5K a reality. He's consulted those with experience organizing an event like this, he's found sponsors, he worked with Sedgwick County Park, he's found the timing company, he's organized the volunteers, he's figuring out the route ... we so admired his commitment, his passion and his follow-though that we—as the foundation—put our energy into helping him make this happen, too.

He wears his Kyrie gear proudly. And many days, I've often thought of him as the big brother that every kid with a brain tumor should have. His optimism and spirit are pure; he is certainly not the entitled millennial that the media likes talking about. He is the teen who will grow up to be the guy you want in your corner, and he's just one of the reasons you should run with us on October 25.

When people shake their heads and mutter, "kids today," I can't help but shake my head and retort, "adults today." He had the guts to try something new and unchartered. He is really doing SOMETHING about this too-hard-to-think-about disease. He answered the call. We hope you will, too.

Need more motivation? Kickstart you week with a listen.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


You're invited to the Kyrie Foundation 5K and Family Fun Run!

Saturday, October 25, 2014
10:00 a.m.
Sedgwick County Park
6501 W. 21st Street
Wichita, KS

Of course, we'll have music, food, fresh air and fun, and best of all, every penny benefits desperately-needed global research to find a cure for children's brain cancer!


Each registrant will get his or her own fundraising page to help make this inaugural event a loud one in the cancer research community. Once you register you can begin fundraising, and we're hoping you ramp up your efforts in the month of September: Kyrie's birthday month and National Childhood Cancer Awareness month.

RUN Registration
7/1-7/14 $20
7/15-10/10 $25
10/11-10/18 $30

WALK Registration
7/1-10/14 $10 per person, $40 max for entire family
10/15 $15 per person, $60 max for entire family

Both the run and walk courses will be on paved running/walking paths. We urge you to dress comfortable for the weather. Registration for the 5K includes race swag bag, bib #, timing, t-shirt, post race snacks, and a USATF certified 5k course. Registration for Family Fun Walk will include medals for ALL participants, and post race snacks. Packet pick up information will be available at a later date. Great prizes for the top finishers and fundraisers, too!!

Be sure to share your registration page with pals and keep up with all the great event chatter on Facebook.

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