HUGE THANKS to Josh Helmuth & KSHB!
Terri and Ken Wible were looking for help for their daughter, Adriana, when they got an autism service dog.
Adriana, 10, could have overwhelming emotions when stressed by the sensory overload that plagues people with austim disorders. She’d have angry outbursts, sometimes violent. The Wibles, of Lee’s Summit, were isolated, avoiding public situations that were difficult for their daughter.
No injuries were reported in the collapse near Blue Parkway and Chipman Road, but about 75 percent of the stand's inventory got wet and can't be sold.
The stand had only been open for a few hours when the storm came through. Paws for Autism, a group that pairs children with autism service dogs, runs the tent.
Co-founder Terri Wible said five volunteers and three service dogs were in the tent when it collapsed.
"We were inside and had finally gotten all the flaps down on the tent and it was a heavy rain, there was wind, we were just trying to ride out the storm. All of a sudden, there was a huge gust of wind and half of it just came crashing down," Wible said.
Paws 4 Autism uses the stand to raise money. It's the organization's top fundraiser for the year, and the loss of the fireworks inventory will hurt.
Organizers said they hope they'll be able to salvage some of the fireworks.
Read more: http://www.kmbc.com/news/Paws-4-Austim-able-to-salvage-fireworks-fundraiser/26808180#ixzz39izQLNEq
WE ARE WILL CHECK BACK WITH HIM WHEN THE FIREWORKS BEGIN THEY ARE SHOW. A FUNDRAISER BEGAN WITH AN OMINOUS START. STORMS DID SOME MAJOR DAMAGE TO THIS STAND LAST WEEKEND. LUCKILY, THEY WERE ABLE TO CONTINUE SELLING FIREWORKS. MATT EVANS EXPLAINS HOW THE MONEY IS MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE FOR KIDS. THIS FIREWORKS STAND FUNDRAISER FOR THE GROUP PAWS FOR AUTISM ALMOST ENDED BEFORE IT BEGAN. THE SEVERE STORMS KNOCKED DOWN THE STAND IN LEE'S SUMMIT A WEEK AGO, RUINING ALMOST THEIR ENTIRE SUPPLY. YRKS WE NEED PUBLIC SUPPORT TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. MAJORITY OF OF SERVICES WITH AUTISM IS NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE. WHENEVER YOUR CHILD HAS AN ISSUE, WHETHER THEY DON'T HAVE ISSUES, YOU WANT THE BEST FOR THEM. BETH'S SON JUSTIN HAS AUTISM AND TODAY GOT SOME VERY GOOD NEWS. RELIEF FOR JUSTIN. THAT PROCESS ISN'T AN EASY ONE. THE DOGS HAVE TO TRAIN FOR MORE THAN A YEAR AND THAT COULD END UP COSTING MORE THAN $10,000, EVEN THOUGH THAT'S TIME AND MONEY, THE EFFORT IS WORTH IT. I LOVE SEEING THE KIDS PROGRESS. BUT MY REAL PAYCHECK IS WHEN I SEE THAT LOOK OF HOPE BACK IN THE PARENTS' EYES. MATT EVANS KMBC 9 NEWS.