Rally for Kids draws families for games, music, and educational parenting talks

Parenting is a form of healthcare, say the leaders of a Leawood-based foundation committed to helping children navigate childhood stress.

To spread that message — and to have some fun in the process — the Raised with Love and Limits Foundation hosted its second annual Rally for Kids June 10 at Leawood’s Park Place mixed-use development near 117th Street and Nall Avenue.

Leawood’s mayor, Peggy Dunn, served as grand marshal and Fox 4 anchor John Holt emceed the event, which was sponsored by the foundation, Park Place and Shawnee Mission Health. Funds raised will benefit the foundation, which was launched in 2016 by authors Barbara Unell and Jerry Wyckoff.

Held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the rally kicked off with a parade of red wagons led by Rumble, the drum line of the Kansas City Chiefs. Face painting, a balloon artist, a magician, a tumbling area hosted by MyGym and a musical performance by Jim Cosgrove, a.k.a. Mr. Stinky Feet, also were part of the event. School of Rock also performed and let kids try out instruments.

On the educational side, Katie Lorentz, a doctor in the internal medicine and pediatrics division of Shawnee Mission Health, was on hand to answer questions about the links between parenting and good medical care. Unell and Wyckoff, who is a psychologist, answered questions about parenting.

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