According to the National Institute of Health, 1 in 12 children in the U.S. has had a speech or language issue. Boys are more likely than girls to have those issues. The Compton family faced a speech diagnosis with their son, Cason. Thanks in part to funding from the WHAS Crusade for Children, Cason is finding his voice with help from the Eastern Kentucky University Speech Language Clinic.
Since 1970, Eastern Kentucky University has received $1.5 million in WHAS Crusade funding for Special Ed scholarships and clinical equipment.
The Rodes City Run is this Saturday – March 9th! It starts at 8:00am.
The WHAS11 First Alert StormTeam forecast calls for a high of 58 degrees!
UPDATE: According to the StormTeam’s Reed Yadon, it’ll be dry with no rain expected til Saturday afternoon.
There’s still time to register!
1. You can register in person at packet pick-up at Slugger Field beginning at 11:00am this Friday.
2. You can register online, just click here!
The runners of Kentuckiana make magic happen each Spring supporting children with special needs in Kentucky and southern Indiana like Addy (see her video below).
Save the dates for the 2019 race series:
Saturday, February 23rd – Anthem 5K Fitness Classic
Saturday, March 9th – Rodes City Run 10K
Saturday, March 23rd – Papa Johns 10 Miler
All three races benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children.
Join Team Crusade
Call the Crusade office at 502-582-7706 for more information on how to join Team Crusade. Team Crusade is a running team that takes part in all three races. Your running skill level doesn’t matter. You’ll join a fun group that just wants to help children with special needs. 100% for the kids!
Recent stories about the Zika virus brought the medical condition microcephaly to the forefront. But in truth the causes are unknown for most babies born with smaller heads and brains. The Perry family is facing the diagnosis with their son, Hayes. They’re finding help and hope at the Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies, an agency supported by the WHAS Crusade for Children.
The Kids Center says WHAS Crusade support to the Center’s effort with children like Hayes is invaluable. Grants from the WHAS Crusade provide equipment and personnel that the Kids Center wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise.
To make a secure online donation, CLICK HERE or call (502) 582-7706.
Donate by mail:
WHAS Crusade for Children
520 West Chestnut Street
Louisville, KY 40202
The perfect gift! A brick on the WHAS Crusade Walk of Fame
To commemorate the 50th annual WHAS Crusade for Children, the sidewalk that surrounds the WHAS11 building at 6th and Chestnut Streets in downtown Louisville is now a place of tribute.
The WHAS Crusade for Children Walk of Fame is constructed of paving bricks available to engrave with your special message.
Your donation of $100 for a 5” X 8” or $500 for a 12” X 12” brick will pave the way for the WHAS Crusade for Children Endowment.
Each 5” X 8” brick can be engraved with three lines of text to honor:
Each 12” X 12” brick can include up to five lines of text or an engraved company or organization logo. Call (502) 582-7706 for details.
Order your brick
CLICK HERE to order a personalized brick securely online.
CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the brick brochure and order form.
Then follow these simple steps:
Mail the brick order form and payment to:
WHAS Crusade for Children
520 West Chestnut Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Questions? Call the WHAS Crusade for Children office at
Pave the way for children with special needs
Help make a difference FOREVER. The WHAS Crusade for Children Endowment fully funds the Crusade’s future.
It guarantees that 100% of the Crusade’s annual telethon collections continue to go directly to agencies that help children with special needs. It ensures that millions more children will be helped for decades to come.
Beyond your annual contribution, the Crusade needs your Endowment donation now. To change a child’s life forever, support the WHAS Crusade Endowment.
Certificate of ownership
For each brick purchased, a certificate of ownership is issued to you or to whomever you designate.
About the WHAS Crusade for Children
The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. established in 1954 by WHAS-TV, raises money for schools, agencies and hospitals to better the lives of special needs children. In its first 65 years, the Crusade has raised more than $180 million.
Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the Crusade is able to return 100% of all donations to organizations that serve special needs children in all 120 Kentucky counties and more than 50 southern Indiana counties. Fire departments raise more than 50 percent of the money each year by staging road blocks and other events.
Millions of children have been helped by the Crusade since 1954.
The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts are tax deductible as permitted by law. The Crusade is the most successful and oldest local telethon in America.
To make a secure online donation, click here or call (502) 582-7706.
Santa’s decked out firetruck will be going around Zoneton Fire Protection District in Shepherdsville, KY, December 6-22. Go to Zoneton Fire Protection District’s Facebook page for a complete schedule, or call the firehouse at 502-955-8076 and hit option 1.
The WHAS Crusade for Children has raised more than $180 million over the past 65 years. Fire departments raise more than 50 percent of the annual donations by staging roadblocks and other events. Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the WHAS Crusade is able to return 100 percent of all donations to organizations that serve children with special needs in all 120 Kentucky counties and more than 50 southern Indiana counties.
With advancements in neonatal care even the smallest of premature babies are enjoying healthy outcomes. One of those babies is Esther Catlett. Thanks in part to WHAS Crusade for Children funding to Baptist Health’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Catlett family is celebrating a milestone for Esther.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Down Syndrome continues to be the most common chromosomal disorder with about 6,000 babies born with Down Syndrome each year in the U.S. But 4-year-old Harrison is too busy enjoying life to be bothered with statistics thanks to the WHAS Crusade for Children and the Child Development Center of the Bluegrass at the University of Kentucky.
In the two years that Harrison has been coming to the Center, his parents say they’ve seen marked improvement in his physical movements and his social skills, as well as his vocabulary.
Since 1999, the Child Development Center of the Bluegrass has received $79,000.00 in WHAS Crusade grants to help children like Harrison.
According to the American Stroke Association the risk of stroke for children is greatest in the first year of life and peaks during the weeks before birth. The Holland family knows all too well about those risks. Their son, Trenton showed early signs of stroke. But with continuing therapy and support from Visually-Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) and WHAS Crusade for Children, Trenton is overcoming sight and mobility issues.
VIPS Executive Director, Diane Nelson says that Crusade funding becomes more important each year to be able to help youngsters like Trenton. VIPS started by serving 7 children in Jefferson County in 1985. Today that number has grown to 700 in Kentucky and Indiana. Since 1985, VIPS has received more than $1.5 million in WHAS Crusade grants.
Imagine spending your entire life in the hospital. That has been the reality for two-year-old Sofia but could soon change, thanks to the WHAS Crusade for Children and Rockcastle Regional Hospital.
The goal is to get Sofia back home with her parents as soon as possible. Until then she’s busy learning and growing with the members of her adopted family at Rockcastle Regional Hospital.