More than 5K attend annual outing at Kings Island for kids with life-threatening illnesses

Kids Fighting Life Threatening Illnesses Have Fun at Kings Island Sunday
Published: Oct. 2, 2022 at 2:47 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 2, 2022 at 10:54 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Children with life-threatening illnesses from all over the Tri-State attended the annual “A Kid Again” outing at Kings Island Sunday afternoon.

More than 5,000 kids attended the organization’s event this year, allowing them to forget for a day what it is like to have a serious illness.

“Today we’re not worrying about medical bills, we’re not worrying about doctors,” Executive Director of A Kid Again Terrence Sherrer said. “We’re coming out here to have smiles [where families] can have a good time with each other -- this is is really what it’s about. This is our mission with A Kid Again.”

A Kid Again is a national nonprofit group dedicated to providing fun-filled outings and ongoing support to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Mandy Wilson, mother of Mae Linn Wilson, 9, and Kael Wilson, 16, drove all the way from Columbus to enjoy the day with her children who suffer from the same illness.

“It’s very fun,” Kael said about the event.

In addition to Mae Linn and Kael, Mandy shared that she has a third child who has the same illness as her other kids. However, her daughter was not there today.

The Southwest Ohio Chapter hosted the event at the park where children and their families enjoyed park admission, access to a group lunch at the Rides & Slides Picnic Party, and a wristband for complimentary drinks throughout the park.

“They’re going to remember this day for a long time,” Sherrer said. “They’re going to have these memories forever.”

Attendees were also encouraged to dress up in Halloween costumes & participate in the Kings Island Tricks & Treats Fall Fest.

“This is such a special organization and we’re so proud to be associated with them,” Vice President of Kings Island Mike Knootz said. “King’s Island provides hope, healing, and happiness for them which is A Kid Again’s mission.”

This was the 27th year that Kings Island has hosted the event.

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