Throughout my life I’ve had this burning desire to help others. It’s so overwhelming when you meet people who feel the same way that you do.  What is truly extraordinary to me is that I’ve met an entire family that feels the way I do; that family is my K-State family. As soon as I stepped foot on Kansas State University, I was greeted with a handshake and someone willing to take an extra second out of their day to help me find my way. The people I’ve met from that time forward are the most incredible, selfless people I know.

We all go through trials in our lives; whether it’s a struggle with money, an illness, a loss of a family member, depression, or anything else. fortunately, I’ve been blessed not only with an absolutely amazing home life, but a K-State family that’s given me beyond measure.

My time at K-State wasn’t a cake walk, but I’m positive every college student was faced with some type of adversity.  From struggles with school, to a battle with Swine Flu, to a broken foot, and even being attacked at my apartment. Somehow, I survived it all. But I promise you, I couldn’t have made it through without my support system, my K-State family.

Here’s where the focus of my story really begins; CANCER.

I hate cancer. Right now, we have two incredible little boys in our K-State family that are fighting for their lives. Kaiden Scrhoeder and Tate Reid are going through a battle that I can’t even begin to comprehend. Kaiden Scroeder has been fighting Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia since May of 2009. On September 2nd of this year, Tate Reid was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia.

After being helped so much in my minor struggles at K-State, I feel it is my duty to do whatever I can to help these incredible families. This month is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. It’s time to show our Wildcat “Gold” and support Tate and Kaiden.

Tate Reid

Tate Reid

Here’s the information for #TeamTate:

  • Tate’s CaringBridge– Here, you can keep up with Tate’s journey by reading entries from his parent’s, Amy and Eric.
  • If you have a second to spare, please send letters of support and encouragement to Tate. You can also help the family out with expenses by sending them here:
  • Eric & Amy Reid

4100 Eagle Valley Dr.

Manhattan, KS 66502


Kaiden Schroeder

Here’s the information for #TeamKaiden-

  • Kaiden’s CaringBridge– Here, you can keep up with Kaiden’s journey by reading journal entries from his parent’s, Chris and Jenny.
  • Kaiden’s GoFundMe– Here, you can send words of encouragement and support to Kaiden and help out with expenses.

There’s nothing more heartbreaking to me than to see a child going through cancer. Let’s help make it a little easier for them by providing support, encouragement, and a helping hand during their extreme time of need. This is the Wildcat Way.

About The Author

Dara is a 2013 graduate of Kansas State University and misses Manhattan everyday. She works overnight at KSN in Wichita as the morning show producer and all other times watching sports, writing about sports, and tweeting about sports. Follow her on Twitter at @SportsWithDara.

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