Transportation Impact eyes new type of cost reduction, donates $1K

Transportation Impact has made a donation in the amount of $1,000 to the Supporting Kids Foundation, a Kansas-based non-profit organization that’s mission is to raise money to help families with children battling cancer and the organizations they depend on.

Most of these families have a wonderful support network of family and friends who help with the logistics of day to day life during their treatment, according to the organization’s website. Where the SKF comes in is to help these families deal with the extra expenses and lost income, so that they can focus on what is most important – getting their child healthy.

“Being able to support causes like the Supporting Kids Foundation is as important to our business as driving revenue back to our customers’ bottom lines,” said Keith Byrd, Transportation Impact co-founder.

“When you really think about it, it’s far more important. With success comes responsibility, and we have tried to develop a company culture that puts emphasis on the importance of not losing sight of the things that are most important in life.

“Nearly everyone has dealt with cancer on a personal level in one way or another and we understand the importance of focusing on family over finances. If our donation can go towards helping patients and families do that, then we feel it is our duty as a company and as citizens to help in any way we can.”

SKF works directly with Children’s Mercy social workers to identify and direct funds to where they are needed most.  These social workers are an invaluable resource for an organization like SKF, which is 100% volunteer-driven.

The organization made headlines in February for the money it paid to help Gloria Mengel, a resilient 13-year-old Independence, KS, girl who has faced two cancers, blindness, two hernias and a stroke.

With medical expenses mounting, the Supporting Kids Foundation stepped to the plate, providing funds to cover a “significant percentage” of the family’s $50,000 fundraising effort aimed at covering medical expenses which include a wheelchair lift in Mengel’s home, according to a story published in The Kansas City Star.

SKF board member, Thomas Charles, can relate.

In August 2010, his son, Joseph, was diagnosed with Stage III Neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of childhood cancer that attacks the adrenal glands, which make important hormones that help control blood pressure, heart rate, blood sugar and the way the body reacts to stress.

“Being a parent of a child who is battling this awful disease I understand the stress that can be added to a family,” Charles said. “Our foundation, in my opinion, assists families who need help financially.”

“If SKF can help just a little bit in that arena, we allow the parents of a sick child to concentrate on the most important thing, and that is helping their son or daughter to get better.  A child going through treatment should not be left alone because their mom and dad have to go to work to help ‘keep the lights on’.”

SKF raises money through events geared toward providing donors and participants with entertainment value for their donation dollars. Its events are made possible through the coordinated efforts of an all-volunteer board and staff, like Charles, and sponsorships.

“As I once told my wife trying to describe to her the guys (and now gals) that are on the board of SKF,” Charles said, “They are a bunch of good dudes just trying to do the right thing.”

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