OMAHA STORM CHASERS HELP NEW ORGANIZATION GRANT FIRST MEMORY FOR OMAHA FAMILY

Memories For Kids, a new Omaha non-profit organization that grants wishes to children of a parent with terminal cancer, is excited to announce their first “memory” for a local family.

Bill LaHood has terminal colon cancer. Bill is a loving, single father raising two sons, Ryan (age 14) and Shawn (age 20). Ryan is an 8th grader at Westside Middle School, and Shawn is a sophomore at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Both boys love baseball, so Bill wanted to create a baseball-themed memory to share with his sons.

The Omaha Storm Chasers will host a private opening of Werner Park on Saturday, February 25th from 11am to 1pm to create this special event for Ryan and Shawn and 40 of their family members to share with Bill. The Storm Chasers are donating a family luncheon, personalized jerseys, Ryan’s baseball fees for the 2012 season and a once-in-a-lifetime baseball experience that Ryan and Shawn will always remember with their dad. Kansas City Royals Gold Glove winner Alex Gordon signed and personalized bats for Ryan and Shawn. Strike Zone, Zesto’s, Sportsmemorbilia.com, Major League Baseball tickets and College World Series tickets will all be a part of this memory-making experience.

Memories For Kids is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization. It was created by Lisa Gravelle to fulfill a need in the Omaha community that was evident to her after a personal experience. Lisa said there are many organizations with a mission to help children with a terminal illness, but there is a major void in any organization with a mission to help children who are facing the loss of a parent.