Kristi first learned about the Kids With Courage Foundation in September, 2012 when her son Nick was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and he received one of our bundles of encouragement.  Kristi says “I knew I wanted to be involved in KWC as soon as my son Nick received his crate in the hospital. It was a dark time for us and the crate was something that made us smile. He was so excited to open it and I’ll never forget that. Not only did we receive a beautiful crate but I also feel like KWC got us started on a good path after diagnosis. The organization showed us that things would be ok again and we as a family not only would get through this but get through it better than we ever thought. The support was tremendous and being a part of the KWC organization helps me give back and show that same support to other families. It’s been a life saver for us and I couldn’t be more honored to be a part of KWC!”  Kristi is giving back big time.  Her BS in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Missouri at Columbia and her catering/special events management at a local hotel in Kansas City along with her substitute teaching skills in the Lee’s Summit school district are making a big difference that matters. Not only for the children and young people, but for the KWC Foundation as well.  Kristi came along just at the right time—her dedication to our important work is our life saver…so the feeling is mutual.

What I do at Kids With Courage:
Director of Outreach. Plan and coordinate family outreach events. Help with day to day operations.

What I like most about being involved with KWC:
It feels good to be able to help families as our family was helped by KWC.

If I could meet one person from the past or present, who would it be and why?
Wow! I guess I would have to say my dad’s mother. She died before I was born.

Place I would love to travel:
San Diego first and foremost. Anywhere warm and with a beach after that!!

What are your hobbies?
Are kids hobbies? 😉 Working out, landscaping, decorating, sitting on a beach!

Many people would be surprised if they knew I…
I think “regular” people would be surprised at how good of a carb counter I can be.