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106.1 The River

106.1 The River Presents the 3rd Annual Thriller on the River

Sure to thrill and for a good cause

Ghosts, ghouls and goblins – get your groove on and get ready to rock the river on board the Tennessee Riverboat for the hottest Halloween bash in Knoxville, Thriller on the River, on Friday, October 28th from 9 pm 12 midnight. Tickets are only $20 in advance with a portion of the proceeds going to Kidz Team and benefitting East Tennessee families of children with cancer. Cruise the Tennessee River with Knoxville’s locally owned radio station, 106.1 The River. Your admission ticket includes your boarding pass, food, prizes, DJ music, dancing, costume contest and a few surprises. For tickets, call (865) 525-7827 or visit www.river106.com.

Interview with Bryan Butler, founder of Kidz Team

Cindi Alpert: What is the concept and vision of Kidz Team?

Bryan Butler: Kidz Team helps the families of newly diagnosed cancer patients at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. As soon as a child is diagnosed with cancer, we deliver one of our “emergency kits” to the family. In many cases the families have come to ETCH from several miles away and are unaware that they will be staying at the hospital for many days and even weeks. The kits contain several different personal hygiene items along with gift cards to surrounding restaurants. We even give them a gas card.

Cindi: You and your wife, Donna, are very passionate about Kidz Team. Tell us how Kidz Team came to be and why it is such an important cause to you and your family.

Bryan: In 2002, our son was diagnosed with Leukemia and we experienced first-hand what it was like to be thrust into that situation. While we were in the hospital, we witnessed how all the other families were in the same predicament. No family is prepared for that initial diagnosis stage in the cancer battle, so we decided that one day we would start helping families of Kidz with cancer. After our little boy passed away in 2006, we started Kidz Team in his honor and we have been helping families ever since.

Cindi: Halloween is also a very significant time of the year for your family. What are some of the other events you are involved in during this time of the year?

Bryan: Our son was born on Oct 30th, so Halloween has always been a special time of the year for us. We do the majority of our fundraising events in the fall. We also do something very special to us at Kidz Team. Around Halloween every year we go up to the Oncology Clinic at ETCH and have a pizza and ice cream party with all of the Kidz and their families. We also do arts and crafts with the patients and their siblings. All of the doctors and nurses get involved. It is a very special and fun time for everyone involved.

Cindi: Aside from attending Thriller on the River, what are some of the ways people can contribute to Kidz Team?

Bryan: People can always go to our website at www.KidzTeam.org. There are multiple ways to donate, either directly or buying some of our products from our website. You can also visit Workout Anytime on Kingston Pike or Newk’s Deli in Turkey Creek. Those two businesses are donation collection facilities for Kidz Team and they also help us sell our products at their businesses.

For more information, please contact Kidz Team at 865.368.0899 or email bbutler@KidzTeam.org.

Thriller on the River Halloween Costume Bash on board the Tennessee Riverboat 
Friday, October 28 from 9 pm to 12 am 
Tickets are $20 in advance with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Kidz Team
Includes boarding pass, food, DJ music, door prizes and more
Call 865.525.7827

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