We would like to introduce you to the families we will be riding for this year.
The Bayton Family
The Neher Family
The Wilson Family
Captain Jerry Bayton has served proudly with the KCMO Fire Department since 1991. In the summer of 2012, Jerry was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a blood cancer originating in the bone marrow. Jerry is now 1200 miles away from his wife and children, in his 3rd, most complex, round of treatment with specialists in New York. The treatment is expensive, plus the mounting travel and living expenses which are not covered by insurance. Multiple Myeloma is described as incurable by many sources, but Jerry believes he is waging the best fight possible. In the face of one complicated procedure after another, Jerry maintains a good attitude, sense of humor, and a spirit of gratitude that impresses those around him.
Randy is a dedicated paramedic firefighter with the KCK Fire Department. Randy's son, Harvey, was born with lymphatic malformations in the floor of his mouth. Due to the rarity of his medical condition, Harvey needs specialized treatment in New York. This treatment is considered “out of network,” so the Neher Family is facing tremendous medical bills, along with travel and living expenses. Harvey’s prognosis is good if he can receive the proposed treatment.
Keith, a retired sergeant with the MO Highway Patrol, works part time with the Lathrop, MO Police Department. Five years ago, Keith was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Keith’s cancer was treated with chemotherapy until the fall of 2013. In September, Keith fractured his jaw while eating, but the urgency of a stem cell transplant took priority. The transplant happened in November and Keith’s jaw remains fractured until he is healthy enough to have it repaired. In addition to his law enforcement career, Keith and his wife served the community as foster parents for many years, which led them to adopt 5 children, with two still living at home. Keith has been unable to work during his recovery from the transplant, so the bills continue to mount.
The Guns 'N Hoses Committee Thanks You for all your help and support.