11/08/2013

The Toby Keith Foundation To Open Doors To Cost-Free Home For Children With Cancer

OKLAHOMA CITY -  After years of planning and fundraising, The Toby Keith Foundation will officially open their doors to love and hope at OK Kids Korral, a cost-free home away from home for pediatric cancer patients and their families.  "We've been working on the Korral for 10 years and we're finally going to open," said Toby Keith.  The Grand Opening Event is set for Thursday, November 21, 2013, with the official ceremony starting at 11:00am. See below for more details.

"Thank you to all of those people who have supported us over the years," said Keith. "Ten years goes by fast when you are working toward a goal this big."  Keith has hosted the Toby Keith and Friends Golf Classic fundraiser annually for the last 10 years.  Finally, the dream of the OK Kids Korral opening to provide a home-away-from-home for families fighting childhood cancer is a reality. 

The 25,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art OK Kids Korral has 16 rooms (12 overnight suites that sleep five people and four daytime suites), neutropenic wing for children with weakened immune systems, gourmet kitchen, Oklahoma Route 66 themed indoor play room, Oklahoma themed outdoor playground, game room, a family resource room, laundry room, theater and reflection room.

Creating a true Oklahoma experience, the house features images of icons only found in the Sooner state such as the blue whale from Catoosa and the round barn from Arcadia, as well as a one-of-a kind glass sculpture with Oklahoma's 77 counties, state animals, a schooner and artwork from some of the state's talented artists.  "The families staying with us will be under unimaginable pressure.  We simply hope that the care and thought we put in the house, brings them a little happiness and peace," continued Nees-Bright.  Conveniently located two blocks south of The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center, it will also house The Toby Keith Foundation's offices.

For more information on OK Kids Korral, how to donate and volunteer to help, please visit www.tobykeithfoundation.org.

OK KIDS KORRAL'S GRAND OPENING EVENT SCHEDULE

Thursday, November 21, 2013

OK Kids Korral

Oklahoma Health Center Campus

818 NE 8th St.

Oklahoma City, OK 73104

9:30am - Media check-in opens

10:00 - 10:40am - Media tours led by Juliet Nees-Bright, Executive Director of The Toby Keith Foundation

11:00am - Grand opening ceremony begins

Speakers include:

  Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett

  Terrence Stull, M.D., Chairman, Department of Pediatrics - University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

  Elijah and Tim  Fowler, former pediatric cancer patient and father (Tim donated wood used inside OK Kids Korral.)

  Toby Keith

11:30am - open house/tours of OK Kids Korral

OK Kid's Korral