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KMZU: He's A Kind One, Mr. Grinch. 5-year-old’s Artwork Creates Fundraiser For Kids With Cancer

By JoEllen Black

Lots of kids come home with drawings they made at school. But, 5-year-old Jase Crumbaugh’s picture of the infamous Grinch was better than just refrigerator art. His mom, Cindy, thought he’d done so well she wondered if he received help from his kindergarten teacher at Hardeman School.

That got her thinking. Maybe she should have a poster made of it or a T-shirt just for him to wear. But then an idea came to her – maybe it could benefit other children. She worked with a T-shirt specialized company to make Jase’s artwork into a fundraiser for Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, specifically its cancer center.

“I chose Children’s Mercy because it’s a good hospital. You never know when your child may need something like that. My daughter had to go there once,” she says, adding her daughter’s health is now fine. “It seems like the right thing to do, I guess. It just popped into my head,” she says with a laugh.

It’s not uncommon for kids wanting to help other kids, like lemonade stands, says Jane Schrader, philanthropic and community engagement manager for Children’s Mercy. These acts of kindness help the hospital serve a half million children each year.

“When I was talking with his mom, Cindy, and she asked who he wanted to support this holiday season, he said kids. And that aligns perfectly with Children’s Mercy and what our mission is. It’s families like Jase’s and other community members that allow us to keep to our mission and we are so grateful,” Schrader says.


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