‘Red Friday’ celebrations spread Chiefs spirit and provide for community members in need

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tons of fun events are happening around the metro for Red Friday--- many of which support a good cause. So your "red spirit" is helping the community in many ways.

“We`re celebrating, we`re celebrating Red Chiefs Day,” said Ruth Pullins, the Chief HR Office For Truman Medical Center.

It’s a sea of red at Truman Medical Center -- as they celebrate Red Friday with food and guest appearances from K.C. Wolf and Chiefs cheerleaders.

“Check out the employees, I mean, they are loving it,” added Pullins.

But the special guests are also taking some time to meet with patients, and brighten their day a little with some Chiefs spirit.

“I think any time someone comes to visit them, they appreciate it... and they just light up when they see us,” Pullins said.

The hospital is also selling flags for $5 each, to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House.

“On Red Friday, every area McDonalds sells Chiefs flags, and they are $5, and all the proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City, all the benefit is local, and it serves families with sick kids,” said Tami Greenberg, the CEO at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City.

The Ronald McDonald house provides a home away from home for families with sick children.

“We have Chiefs cheerleaders in the house, KC Wolf is in the house, and we have, of course, the families with sick kids, and so they are benefiting too from all the fun activities happening here,” added Greenberg.

“It gives the kids something else to think of,” said Kallie Williams.

Williams and her 16-month-old daughter Kyriana, stay at the house every week and will for the next 15 months. Kyriana has a very rare form of inoperable brain cancer and is going through chemotherapy.

“Insurance doesn’t cover it, everything is considered experimental, so as far as any treatments, everything is out of pocket, to stay at a hotel would be $1,500 if we had to come for five days... we just couldn’t do it, if it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t be able to get her treatment,” Williams added.

Money raised on days like Red Friday help people like the Williamses.

“It can`t be about money, it can`t be about can I afford to take her, can I afford to stay there so she can get it, and Ronald McDonald house has been a complete God-send, I mean, without them, I wouldn’t be able to get her here,” Williams said.