Nonprofit Spotlight: Ian’s Rainbow Flu Foundation


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Ian’s Rainbow Flu Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to providing flu shots for families and it was started by a mom who experienced what no parent ever wants to go through. A mother tells how her mission started. Kathy Quinn was live at English Landing Park talking to the mother who started the foundation in her son’s memory.

Julie Moyes was inspired to begin Ian’s Rainbow Flu Foundation after her son died due to Influenza 15 years ago. He had been diagnosed with the flu and within 30 hours he was gone. Now, it’s her mission to make sure people know how important the flu vaccine is, and have access to get the shot.

Visit Ian’s Rainbow Flu Foundation on facebook and sign up for Ian’s Rainbow Flu Foundation’s 15th annual Walking to Fight the Flu and drive-thru flu clinic on October 16th.


Who does your organization serve?  Our goal is to protect children and their families from the flu.  

What is your mission statement: Ian’s Rainbow Flu Foundation’s mission is to promote awareness of the serious threats of influenza to people of all ages, educate the public about the prevention of influenza and the need for yearly vaccinations.

 How is the current health crisis impacting your operation? We have had to change our only fundraiser, a family walk, to a drive thru flu clinic the past two years.  This is our main funding for our free will donation flu clinics.  We have also been very limited in sharing Ian’s story to raise awareness of the seriousness of influenza.  

What services are you providing?  Ian’s Rainbow Flu Foundation provides free will donation flu vaccines and educational flyers. 

How can the community help: volunteering, donating goods, event participation and how will monetary donations be used? Ian’s Rainbow Flu Foundation is a 501(c)3 and donations are always appreciated but the most important way the community can help is to get vaccinated against the flu in honor of Ian and others we have lost their lives to influenza.  

What other information would you like to share with KC viewers? Talk to your trusted medical provider on how to prevent the flu. 

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