KINSTON, NC (WNCT) — Music, food, bouncy castles, face painting and more were held at Kinston’s Newsway Nature Park to help two children suffering from cancer.
Harrison Korzekiwinski, 10, with acute myeloid leukemia, and Jake Wellington, 14, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, were recognized at Sunday’s event.
“Harrison and Ja’kei both have cancer,” said event organizer Brooke Jones. “The only one I was able to bring here today because Harrison’s count is still low. But I’m just, you know, he’s been in the hospital for so long. I asked him to come over here and be kids and have fun.” Gab.”
Jones said he has a special relationship with Harrison and Ja’kei. She’s known Harrison since he was five and she met Jaki’s mother two years ago and it’s become like family.
“You are very special to me,” Jones said.
Various vendors participated in the fundraiser and some even traveled hours to participate. Other vendors gave away school supplies at the event.
“It’s a horrific incident, Brooke did a great job,” said Jackie Roger, retired NC State Highway Patrol officer. “Today we are giving away school supplies for the children here. [Brooke’s] Excellent job done and it is a wonderful event.”
A motorcycle ride and gold tournament also raised money this week. Jones said there has been excellent participation in the Kinston Gives Back programs. Not only was it a fun time for the community, but it had an impact on both families.
“I hope we raised money to help these families pay their medical bills. And these kids who are here can get free school supplies to help parents. Parents You can let off steam with your children and take a break. Everyone’s just having fun,” Jones said.
Jones said she just wanted to thank everyone who came together to make Kinston Gives Back possible.
If you would like to donate or help families, contact Jones at (252) 286-4450.