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In August of 2011 Jeff lost his father, well-known Topeka businessman, Ward Whelan, to an eight year battle with cancer. In July 2013, Karli Ritter lost her grandfather, Ken Chandler, to a three year battle with cancer.

Looking to give back to the community, both decided on starting a 5K run/walk to benefit Kansas City and Topeka hospice charities. This year, the Heroes For Hospice 5K run/walk will be celebrating its 4th annual race taking place Saturday, June 10th in Overland Park, KS. The race benefits both Kansas City Hospice and Midland Care Hospice of Topeka & Lawrence.

Both the Whelan and Ritter families had their loved ones go through hospice care and realized that these amazing organizations do not get the recognition they deserve. Providing the most beloved care, while giving peace of mind to grieving families, is a much needed service.

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