Message from Tom Coones

Welcome to our 20th  year!

If you are new to our event, our mission is to honor the lives of Jared and Jayne. Jared was ten years old when he passed away after a lengthy, courageous battle with leukemia in 1998. Jayne was reunited with Jared in Heaven in 2006 after a difficult fight with breast cancer. We come together to honor their lives and create an event that celebrates family and community. We also raise funds for research and organizations that support cancer patients and their families. In the previous 19 years, we have donated over $700,000 to several local organizations that supported our family. 

20 years!  It doesn’t seem possible.  When I think about all the years leading up to this point, I can’t help but reflect on my daughter Meghan and what she has endured in her lifetime.  She was only 6 months old when Jared was diagnosed.  Her entire life was filled with hospitals, doctor offices and staying with other family members while we attended to Jared’s needs. Then 4 years after Jared’s passing, she found out her Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and became her biggest supporter during her fight.  Throughout it all, she handled everything with grace and dignity.  Her mother instilled Meghan with a giving heart and a compassion for others, so it was truly heartwarming to see her meet her husband Stephen Cook.  She deserved someone that special in her life.  Stephen had experienced his own heartbreak when he lost his mother Elizabeth to breast cancer.  Because of their individual journeys, Meghan & Stephen were able to connect in a very special way.  They celebrated their love by bringing a beautiful little girl into this world on April 8, 2018.  Raelynn Jayne Cook has joined our growing and amazing family.  She represents the beauty of both of her grandmothers and has brought joy and hope into all of our lives.  Meghan & Stephen have moved back to Olathe from Atlanta and have also joined the Pumpkin Run Planning Committee which is incredibly exciting for me.  Even little Rae has attended her first meetings with the committee.  The future of this event is in great hands.

I hope you will join me and my family at this year’s event.