About Us

Our Mission

The mission of Bags of Fun Kansas City is to make a difference in the lives of children and their families who are faced with fighting cancer and other long-term childhood diseases.

Our Vision

Bags of Fun Kansas City is a network of caring people who want to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer and other long-term childhood illnesses. The signature project of the foundation is Bags of Fun.

Bags of Fun are filled with educational, interactive, and silly toys that give a child a better day, a smile, and something to focus on other than their illness. To parents carrying a heavy burden, the bags bring relief, joy, and a sense that someone understands.

About Us

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It was Gabby’s wish that every child at the hospital could have their very own Bag of Fun.

Gabby Krause was an amazing six-year old who died in September 2004 after a courageous 19-month battle with brain cancer.

Gabby loved purple, swimming, and coke-flavored slurpees. She sang, danced and laughed her way through chemotherapy. She found the silly in everything! It is in her memory that the Gabby Krause Foundation was started, and in her spirit that the Bags of Fun program began. Gabby had the original Bag of Fun filled with toys and fun activities when she was battling her brain cancer. Her bag helped keep her busy and happy during long hospital visits. To the delight of other patients, she always shared her games and toys.

It was Gabby’s wish that every child at the hospital could have their very own Bag of Fun.

Bags of Fun Kansas City was started because of this special wish, and Bags of Fun was created in the spirit of Gabby’s original bag of toys and fun activities that kept her going throughout chemotherapy.

Bags of Fun Kansas City’s goal is to continue Gabby’s legacy of smiles and zest for life by delivering Bags of Fun to pediatric patients undergoing cancer treatment, kidney dialysis and heart, liver and kidney transplants.

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Volunteers

Heidi Hartman Photo

Heidi Hartman, Volunteer

Sally Sallee, Volunteer

Sally Sallee, Volunteer

Jennifer Crumpley

Jennifer Crumpley, Co-Director of Operations in Springfield

Carlee Brown

Carlee Brown, Assistant Director in Springfield

Mary Oades

Mary Oades, Volunteer