Community takes the plunge for boy battling cancer

GREAT BEND, Kansas – Dade Cannon has been a cancer patient for nearly half of his life.

For much of that battle, the community of Great Bend has been reaching out to support Dade and his family.

A cold water plunge challenge with a donation of $5 has brought lots of residents out to raise money for the young boy.

“It just shows somebody’s true colors being able to help someone that you don’t even know,” said Emily Crawford.

Everytime someone posts a video of their jump into frigid waters, it comes with a challenge for someone else to do the same to bring awareness to Cade’s condition and make sure that he knows he doesn’t have to fight alone.

“Well, I thought, I have to do it because first of all to show support to the family, and you know going through all these things is not a pleasant ordeal,” said Kary Johnansen.

“Mine was really cold, I jumped in a pool, and I don’t know how to swim,” said Maria Lopez.

It’s not just people from Great Bend who have taken the plunge for Dade, people from as far away as Wyoming and Colorado have also taken the plunge, and Dade’s mom says that the support has been overwhelming.

“I can’t even put it into words, like what it really means to us, just the support of the community holding us up and lifting us up in prayer and thought, just letting him know that nobody fights alone,” said Christy Huslig, Dade’s mom.

“It’s great to see that you know, especially with a child, it’s very exciting to see the community pitch in,” said Angela Campbell.

Cade is currently in Kansas City for another round of chemotherapy treatments.

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