About the WHAS Crusade for Children

The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. established in 1954 by WHAS-TV, raises money for agencies, schools and hospitals to make life better for children with special needs.


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Change a Child's Life Forever

100% of each donation to the WHAS Crusade for Children helps children with special needs.

The WHAS Crusade Endowment Campaign fully funds our future.

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Hundreds of fire departments, organizations and companies host events that benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children. Learn more.

Latest News

Crusade gets in on #MannequinChallenge

It’s sweeping the nation! Teams, groups, all people are taking parting in the Mannequin Challenge online. You can find numerous entries on any social media platform. Thanks to Shay McAlister of WHAS11 News for taking video of the Crusade staff in “freeze mode.” The result is here:

Moral Side of the News not to be outdone!

Walton & Knight awards presented on Great Day Live!

Crusade license plate available now


The Commonwealth of Kentucky has contacted the Crusade office to report that the WHAS Crusade for Children license available NOW!

Every WHAS Crusade for Children license plate registration donates $10 to help children with special needs.

Made possible by fans of the WHAS Crusade for Children and support from Tri City Van and Storage as well as Texas Roadhouse!

Here’s what you do:
1. Take your registration and proof of insurance to the County Clerk’s office.
2. Take your current license plate to the County Clerk’s office.

To make sure of availability, call your County Clerk’s office before you go.

More information is available online

CLICK HERE to get started and learn more.

Crusade Children’s Calendar now available

The 2016-2017 15-month calendar is hot off the press! Thanks to our generous sponsors for making it possible: Titan Design Solutions, Allegra Marketing Services and Republic Bank. Pick up one today!

Get one today!


You can purchase the 2017 Crusade Baby Calendar securely online just CLICK HERE to get started.


Call the WHAS Crusade for Children office at (502) 582-7706.

Stop by

Stop by and pick one up at any branch of Republic Bank.

Or come by the WHAS Crusade for Children office:
520 W. Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm

Planet Fitness new Presenting Sponsor for Triple Crown


Louisville, KY (August 23, 2016) – The Louisville Triple Crown of Running (LTCOR) today announced that the Louisville-based franchisee of Planet Fitness has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the popular three-race series. The Planet Fitness franchise led by brothers David and Rick Kueber owns and operates 25 Planet Fitness clubs in five states, including eight area clubs in Louisville and southern Indiana.

“We are excited to welcome Planet Fitness as our new title sponsor,” said Fred Teale, Rodes City Run Race Director and LTCOR spokesperson. “We think their focus on making fitness available to folks who may have never before belonged to a gym will help us continue to expand the number of participants in our three events.”

As part of the sponsorship, all Louisville-area Planet Fitness clubs will offer a training program beginning this fall, and help pay the entry fee for members who want to walk or run the events for the first time.

“Planet Fitness provides everyday people affordable access to great cardio and other workout equipment, in a clean and judgement free environment,” said Rick Kueber, CEO of the Louisville-based Planet Fitness franchise. “We are excited to partner with the Louisville Triple Crown of Running to give our members another way to improve their health, no matter where they might be in their fitness journey.”

About the Louisville Triple Crown of RunningSM
The Louisville Triple Crown of Running consists of three popular road races of increasing distances, for walkers and runners of all ages. The 2017 race dates are: Anthem 5K Fitness Classic, March 4; Rodes City Run 10K, March 18; and Papa John’s 10 Miler, April 1. All proceeds from the events are donated to the Crusade for Children. Since 2002, the Triple Crown has contributed more than $1.7 million to the Crusade, including $142,146 in 2016. Registration is now open at the new mobile-friendly website: www.louisville triplecrown.com.

About Planet Fitness
With more than 1,200 locations nationwide, Planet Fitness is the fastest-growing health club franchise in the United States, revolutionizing the industry with a combination of extremely low prices and a unique, friendly and hassle-free environment called the Judgement Free Zone®. A standard membership costs only $10 a month with no long-term contract required, and provides members with top-of-the-line cardio and strength equipment and unlimited fitness training in a bright and ultra-clean environment. PF Black Card memberships are also available for only $19.99/month also with no commitment, with added benefits that include use of on-site tanning beds, hydro-massage beds, massage chairs, reciprocal use of all Planet Fitness locations nationwide, and the ability to bring a guest each visit. Planet Fitness is a national brand partner of NBC’s The Biggest Loser®. For more information, visit www.PlanetFitness.com.

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Meet Walter

A startling statistic from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta: currently 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. The study also says that early intervention is the key to helping those diagnosed. The Ash family is taking that advice to heart. They’re getting early help for grandson Walter, thanks to the WHAS Crusade for Children and the Dorman PreSchool Center.

Triple Crown of Running Registration open

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Registration is open for the 2017 Louisville Triple Crown of RunningSM (LTCOR).

Participants can save $5 per event by registering prior to December 31, 2016.

Anthem 5K Fitness Classic – March 4
Rodes City Run 10K – March 18
Papa John’s 10 Miler – April 1

The 3-race series also unveils its new mobile-friendly website: LouisvilleTripleCrown.com, which makes looking up information and registration a lot easier using hand-held devices.

The Triple Crown race committee is privileged to continue to work with their family of valuable sponsors including Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Rodes For Him | For Her, and Papa John’s International as well as Novo Nordisk, Gatorade, The Voice-Tribune, WHAS-11 TV, Thrifty Truck Rental, ValuMarket, Waste Management, Louisville Water Company, KentuckyOne Health Sports Medicine, PowerBar, Summit Media (106.9 Play, 107.7 The Eagle and New Country Q103.1), Heine Brothers Coffee, Fleet Feet Sports, Rumpke,Louisville Stoneware, Chick-fil-A and FastSigns.

About the Louisville Triple Crown of RunningSM
The Louisville Triple Crown of Running consists of three popular road races of varying distances for walkers and runners of all ages. On June 4, 2016, the Triple Crown was pleased to present a check for $142,146 to the 63rd annual WHAS Crusade for Children.

Since 2002, the race series has contributed over $1.7 million to the Crusade.

Click here to read the full press release for more details.

Re-enroll your Kroger Plus Card for the Crusade

Kroger Community Rewards Flyer

Braille books for children

The WHAS Crusade for Children sometimes brings together unusual partners to help youngsters with special needs. Case in point: the Crusade, the American Printing House for the Blind and the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women have combined efforts to bring Braille books to children with sight issues.

Horses deliver help and hope

The WHAS Crusade for Children has been helping youngsters with special needs for four generations. But what happens when those children grow up? We bring you a reunion as two young men revisit the first therapeutic, horseback-riding program in Kentucky…Exceptional Equitation.

Damon makes a splash!

Summer vacation is quickly coming to an end for students across Kentuckiana. One Bullitt County youngster and his classmates are enjoying a last outing to the pool. It’s an outing where 9-year-old Damon breaks free of his wheelchair and swims with his friends, thanks in part to the WHAS Crusade for Children.

We crusade for them

In its first 64 years, the WHAS Crusade for Children has raised more than $175 million. Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the WHAS Crusade is able to return 100% of all donations to organizations that make life better for children with special needs in all 120 Kentucky counties and 50 southern Indiana counties. Fire departments raise more than 50 percent of the money each year by staging road blocks and other events.

Countdown to the 65th annual WHAS Crusade for Children

June 2 - 3, 2018

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WHAS Crusade for Children

520 W. Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40202
502.582.7706 Phone
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