Local Nonprofits Work Together To Give Children Fighting Cancer A Reason To Smile

Sunday, April 18th 2021, 8:49 pm
By: Johnny Resendiz

TULSA, Okla. -

Volunteers and Tulsa Fire Department firefighters packed aisles to purchase toys, bikes and electronics for 43 children fighting cancer.

It's part of a "Spring Fling" shopping event put on by Tulsa Metro Women on Fire and Hydrants of Hope.

The event was created by firefighter Mark Meyer, who died of cancer in 2019.

Meyer’s daughter, Kinsey Blunt, knows how hard it can be to see a loved one battle cancer.

"It was just a relief to have an outlet and have people who kind of took our mind off of things and fun things to do," Blunt said. "So to be able to give that outlet to some kids is going to be awesome."

Blunt said Meyer started Hydrants of Hope with $3,000 out of his own pocket. She's proud to be able to carry her dad's legacy in more ways than one.

"That's kind of what started this whole thing, is trying to give back to those kids," Blunt said. "Give them a childhood that they're not getting to have." 

Since the charity began in 2012, more than $175,000 has been donated to St. Francis Children's Hospital. 

Blunt said it's the volunteers who keep the cause alive.

"You know I hope they think it's worth it," Blunt said. "I'm sure they do. They keep showing up, year after year, to help us out and we can't be more grateful for their help." 

The charities will be giving out the items to the kids April 24.