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Individuals living with ALS may lose their ability to speak, or find that the act of speaking becomes exhausting as the disease progresses. Devices that augment human speech help sustain a connection between those with ALS and their families, friends, and health-care providers. With several applications available for download that convert text to speech, the iPad can be an important tool for individuals living with ALS, providing them with a means of communicating verbally and helping them participate in family life and personal medical decisions. The iPad is easier to obtain than other communication devices for those with ALS, which often require prescriptions and the approval of insurance companies.

6950 Squibb Rd
Mission,
KS
US

Fun Services has been supplying festivities with crowd-pleasers such as inflatables, slides, and carnival games since 1973, maintaining an impeccable safety record throughout its decades-long run. More than 100,000 people have now delighted in the company's services, which range from ride, tent, table, and chair rentals to aerial advertising, a strategy that guarantees events are well-attended by both locals and hot-air balloonists flying around the world. The Fun Services warehouse welcomes pickups, and staffers can also deliver truckloads of meticulously sanitized party equipment to patrons? doorsteps.

7803 Meadow View Dr
Shawnee,
KS
US

We are a family Business with deep rooted family values. We believe that our pets are a very big part of our family, so we treat them that way. My wife and I would love to invite you to our shop. 913-631-PAWS (7297)

12301 Johnson Dr
Shawnee,
KS
US

House of Hope helps restore relationships between troubled teens and their families, as well as their communities, through parent-involved treatment, education, and counseling. Runners, walkers, and competitive tiptoers can race to aid the nonprofit's mission by entering the Hope Challenge, which includes slightly more than 3 miles of scenic, high-energy fun. The race route takes entrants from Frank A. Theis Park through Country Club Plaza and past the Kauffman Gardens in their full summer bloom. Afterward, celebrate a personal best by rejoining friends and fans for postrace refreshments and family activities such as a Tot Fun Run. All entrants receive a T-shirt to broadcast their achievement to the world and avoid the sticky residue that comes from taping a racing bib to bare skin.

47th and Oak St.
Kansas City,
MO
US

The Midwest Classic golf tournament—which was just added to the PGA's Nationwide Tour in December—unleashes a field of 156 pro golfers to tackle the rolling fairways of the Nicklaus Golf Club. The four passes grant access to any of the competition rounds of of this seven-day charity tournament hosted by the Kansas City Crusaders, which raises funds and donates tournament proceeds to Children’s Mercy Hospital. When pro golfers start their scorecards on Thursday, August 18, families are free to stand on the sidelines or take youngsters to a kids' play area for face painting and inflatable sports games. Check the tournament schedule for event details and exact times.

14225 Dearborn Street
Overland Park,
KS
US

In the center of the Juniper Gardens public housing project, in the heart of Kansas City, Kansas, sits an 8-acre farm. Every day, refugees from Burma, Iraq, and Bhutan work quarter-acre plots to grow radishes, potatoes, and herbs, according to an article in the Pitch. But their time in the fields is just one aspect of their journey. Biweekly, they attend problem-solving sessions where they communicate in agriculture shorthand and work with seed packets labeled with pictures. They also attend workshops on organic techniques, small-business management, marketing, and record keeping. After completing the training program, these farmers have the skills to earn meaningful income and have healthy food for their families.

But Cultivate Kansas City has goals larger than this plot. The organization encourages urban farming as a way to grow and deliver fresh produce to neighborhoods throughout the city. It works with many partners to support urban food production and runs the Gibbs Road and the Juniper local vegetable farms to get produce out to the neighborhoods.

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4223 Gibbs Rd
Kansas City,
KS
US