Last month, 12-year-old Kaden Erickson was laid to rest after he lost his battle with a form of leukemia.
It was a long battle for Kaden and he never gave up. Kaden was, and still is, a hero in Region 8. He was caring, mature beyond his years and known as a fighter.
Last Sunday, the television show "60 Minutes" highlighted the Make-A-Wish Foundation and told the story through eyes of Kaden Erickson.
They told the emotional story of Kaden, his loving and persevering family and his fight to beat cancer. They also shined a positive light on the wonderful, giving people here in Region 8. They highlighted how everyone came together to donate to Make-A-Wish Foundation and how your donations sent Kaden and his family to Australia.
As I watched the show, I realized "60 Minutes" didn't show the people of Region 8 in a positive light. I think they showed us in an accurate light.
What they did is show the world something we already know. This is a terrific place to live, and the biggest reason why is the people.
The people of Region 8 give freely to help those in need and the impact on this very special boy now has an impact on an entire country. More people are aware of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, what they do and, most importantly, the life and memory of a 12-year-old boy who captured the hearts of so many in Region 8.
The Jonesboro Radio Group is already hard at work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and KAIT to make the 2016 Wish-A-Thon the best one yet!
Let's continue being who we are because Kaden showed us that giving makes a difference. Helping make wishes come true is the best way to honor Kaden, and it will make this A Better Region 8.
- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager
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