About Fore The Kids

Our Mission

A group of dedicated individuals directing support and resources to critical needs for children in our community.

Founding Story

In 2005, Jordan Paden checked into Children’s Mercy at 11 years old knowing something was wrong. 4 ½ months later she was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Jordan would end up in and out of the hospital for years to follow. The Paden family had been close with Nick and Jake’s owners, Kevin Timmons and Doug Watkins. After visiting Jordan in the hospital, Timmons discovered how bored she was sitting in the bed all day long. He also discovered how difficult it was for her to stay caught up in school. It was then that Fore the Kids would begin a partnership with the children’s hospital to help raise funds for new laptops that both patients and doctors could use.

As the years passed, the need for new technology would grow. Fore the Kids switched from laptops to iPads, providing one for every long-term bed in the hospital. They started a dog therapy program. They opened “Leo’s Place”, a playroom for childhood cancer patients, as well as a sports medicine clinic in southern Johnson County. And in 2015 and 2016 Fore the Kids raised over $980,000 to purchase three much needed fully equipped ambulances for the hospital.

Today our mission has shifted from technology to mind. For years the topic of suicide and depression for school-aged children has been so taboo and terrifying to talk about, but the fact of the matter is, suicide is the second leading cause of death in the United States for anyone between the ages of 10-24. More teenagers die from suicide than cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.

The “Nick’s Voice” fund was created in 2017 to support the behavioral sciences department at Children’s Mercy that specializes in depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. 2017 helped bring 19 new social workers to the Blue Valley School District that began their work directly with students at risk of suicide, but who might not need immediate hospital attention. The goal is to help Children’s Mercy shorten their wait list for mental health needs and ensure that our children are getting the care they require. We hope to create a dramatic effect on the suicide rates in the Kansas City area for young people.

Giving History

2009

All-In-One Bedside Units

The gift from the 2009 Fore the Kids Golf Tournament provided Children’s Mercy the necessary start-up funds to outfit our Burn Unit with all-in-one bedside viewing stations. In the Burn Unit, the all-in-one viewing stations are perfect since our patients in that unit tend to be immobile and are confined to their rooms during their hospital stay. These stations will allow patients to view age-appropriate movies, games and internet sites at their bedside during their stay and treatments. It also gives parents internet/email accessibility to update family members on their child’s status as well as being able to work while caring for their child.

Amount raised by Fore The Kids:

$67,275

2010

All-In-One bedside Units

The gift from the 2010 Fore the Kids Golf Tournament provided Children’s Mercy additional support for the purchase of all-in-one bedside viewing stations used by our Child Life team on the inpatient units. T all-in-one viewing stations allow patients to view age-appropriate movies, games and internet sites at their bedside during their stay and treatments. It also gives parents internet/email accessibility to update family members on their child’s status as well as being able to work while caring for their child.

Amount raised by Fore The Kids:

$71,540

2011

iPads for Child Life

The 70+ iPads donated through these tournament proceeds are used by the Child Life department to help distract Children’s Mercy patients from their discomfort and help them cope with invasive procedures.

Amount raised by Fore the Kids:

$100,000

2012

Child Life

The Child Life Department at Children’s Mercy provides services to make the hospital experience easier and more comfortable for patients and families. This includes reducing stress and worry that may come with being in the hospital or from being ill, helping children deal with their feelings, thoughts, and questions, providing services to help children continue to learn and grow while in the hospital.

Amount raised by Fore the Kids:

$105,400

2013

Blue Valley Sports Medicine Clinic

Children’s Mercy Blue Valley extends the expert care of Children’s Mercy into the southern part of Johnson County. Our Blue Valley campus offers urgent care facilities seven days a week. Our Blue Valley location also houses our Center for Sports Medicine, which is specifically designed with the young athlete in mind. The location features a 3,500 square foot gym for physical therapy and rehabilitation from sports-related injuries.

Amount raised by Fore the Kids:

$121,530

2014

Canine Therapy

Children’s Mercy’s two facility dogs, Hunter and Hope, provide comfort, motivation and smiles to many of our patients and families. Studies show that dogs can reduce stress and help make people feel better, emotionally and physically. For many patients, playing with a dog helps make the hospital feel more like home. The dogs might encourage a child to go for a walk, socialize with others, or participate in therapies. For some children, there’s not better medicine or treatment that compares to snuggling in bed with a warm fluffy friend.

Amount raised by Fore The Kids:

$97,245

2015

Leo’s Place

Created “Leo’s Place”, a playroom for children battling cancer to honor Leo Scott and purchased a new ambulance to help the much needed transports

2015

Ambulance

Children’s Mercy Critical Care Transport is the only 24-hour a day, seven day a week transport program in the region dedicated exclusively to neonates, children and adolescents. Children’s Mercy Critical Care Transport’s ground fleet is one of the busiest pediatric transport teams in the nation. The hospital’s fleet of state-of-the-art ambulances are designed and equipped especially for our patients and, with the safety of those patients and crew as a top priority, our specialized ambulances are equipped with safety restraints as well as stereos and DVD players in an effort to provide distraction therapy for the patient throughout the transport.

Amount raised by Fore The Kids:

$320,000

2016

Two (2) Ambulances

With more than 5,300 pediatric transports annually, the Children’s Mercy Critical Care Transport team continues to have a need to grow their fleet of speciality designed ground ambulances. Partnering with the Automobile Dealers of Greater Kansas City, the Nick & Jake’s Fore the Kids Tournament was able to address that need with the purchase of two new ambulances for Children’s Mercy.

Amount raised by Fore The Kids:

$668,970

2017

Nick’s Voice Fund – Mental Health Services

Established in 2017, the Nick’s Voice Fund is dedicated to educating our community about the signs, treatment, and therapy related to depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders effecting the mental health of our children. The goal of this fund is to create a dramatic effect on the suicide rates in the Kansas City area by passionately and compassionately providing resources to insure healthy and fulfilling lives for our future generations.

Amount raised by Fore The Kids:

$456,829

Board Members

Brian Scott

Brian Scott

Dan Beutler

Dan Beutler

Mark Johnon

Mark Johnon

Quentin Patterson

Quentin Patterson

Mark Sylvester

Mark Sylvester

Kevin Timmons

Kevin Timmons