Message from Tom Coones


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 20 years, we have donated nearly $750,000 to several local organizations that supported our family.

On March 22, 2019 my Mom passed away at the age of 82. It was a very difficult and emotional time for my entire family leading up to the days of her passing and the days since have been hard. We all miss her so muchHer life was devoted to my Dad & her family. She was happiest when she was surrounded by her children & all of her grandkids. Mom’s proudest accomplishment beyond her family was receiving her United States citizenship in 1972. She loved being an American citizen and cherished her right to vote. Mom loved to cook, sew & enjoyed watching all types of sports especially her Kansas Jayhawks basketball, KC Royals & the KC Chiefs. She was also passionate about the Pumpkin Run and she attended as many events as her health would allow. She loved seeing the people that were there to support our family and enjoyed the love and energy that was present. I want to honor my Mom’s life and I will be presenting a new award at the Pumpkin Run this year. My Mom was the kindest person I have ever known. We used to laugh at her because one of her favorite sayings was “Be Nice” which was usually directed at my Dad. The Sumi Coones Kindness award will be presented each year to an individual that demonstrates an act of kindness. That would make my Mom happy.

Regrettably we had to cancel last year’s event due to lightning. We are hoping and praying for much better weather this year. I hope you will join me and my family at this year’s event.