ASHLEY, Ind. (WFFT) — Riding in a tractor is nothing new for some kids.
For others, a day exploring a Northeast Indiana farm is an adventure.
Katie Pappas says nonprofit A Kid Again aims to provide these adventures for Indiana children battling life-threatening illnesses.
So in the moment, it is all fun and games.
"A lot of just running around and being a kid. That’s what it’s all about is just having fun. Making a memory together is really important for a lot of these families," Pappas said.
The Stoy Family knows just how impactful this organization can be.
That’s why they opened up their farm Saturday morning to host the largest A Kid Again event in Northeast Indiana.
"I know how it is having cancer and just kind of being stuck in that mind-zone of treatments and medicine and everything," said Olivia Stoy. "So I think it’s just really cool and exciting that we can bring them out here to get away from that."
Olivia has spent four years fighting cancer and has been on A Kid Again adventures to Indianapolis.
She and her mom Megan now want to help expand the program’s reach.
And they say turnout is better than expected.
"For parents and for children that have had cancer, it’s just nice to get with other families who understand what you’ve went through and to be a support for them and for them to support you," Megan said.
Pappas says over 200 people signed up to visit Stoy Farms, and she hopes A Kid Again can keep growing.
"So we take adventures on the road from Fort Wayne to South Bend to Evansville to central Indiana," Pappas said. "We’re going to cover the whole state because we know there are over 10,000 families just in indiana that would qualify for what we do."
Pappas says they try to organize an adventure somewhere in the state once each month.
And they’re always looking for more volunteers.
A Kid Again is hosting a fundraising event in Noblesville this upcoming Friday evening.
Their next listed adventure is at a Brown County children’s camp in September.