Roeland Park pitches in to make Amelia’s wish come true as 8-year-old battles brain cancer

Roeland Park residents Natalie Gibbs (L) and Janet Parmer at Cooper Creek Park. Parmer teaches at Amelia's school and Gibbs' daughters were part of Make-A-Wish.
Roeland Park residents Natalie Gibbs (L) and Janet Parmer at Cooper Creek Park. Parmer teaches at Amelia’s school and Gibbs’ daughters were part of Make-A-Wish.

Roeland Park was just one of the cities across the metro and the country on Saturday where volunteers turned out to help make the wish of Amelia Meyer come true. But Roeland Park had a special connection to Amelia. One of Amelia’s teachers at Fox Hill Elementary in Kansas City, Janet Parmer, lives in Roeland Park and helped put out the call.

That brought out nearly 40 Roeland Park citizens to help clean up Cooper Creek Park between Ash and Roeland Drive near Johnson Drive Saturday afternoon.

Amelia is an 8-year-old facing brain cancer and her wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation was to “take care of the world” rather than asking for something for herself. That prompted hundreds to turn out for events Saturday in the metro and beyond. Some of those were organized through Helzberg Diamonds where Amelia’s mother, Jill, works. Her father, Dan, is a Kansas City police officer, Parmer said. (See Helzberg video call-out here.)

Parmer, who teaches third grade at Amelia’s school, has had her and brother Carson in class. She said Amelia was diagnosed in December and has undergone surgery.

Part of Amelia’s treatment, Parmer said, was to go to a park near her house with her grandmother when she wasn’t feeling well. That inspired the park cleanups to fulfill her wish. Pictures from all of the events were posted so she could see the impact.

Parmer was at Cooper Creek in Roeland Park Saturday where the volunteer effort was assembled in just a few days. So many volunteers showed up that the task of cleaning debris from the creek and park area was accomplished in half the time anticipated. A Roeland Park Public Works truck hauled off refuse and the nearby BP station donated water for the volunteers.

Here is Parmer’s Nextdoor post that started the ball rolling in Roeland Park:

I am a 3rd grade teacher and one of our students is battling brain cancer. She has been selected as a Make-A-Wish kid. Her wish is to make the world a better place… So no matter where you live you can help make Amelia’s Wish come true by picking up trash in your local park or on your daily walking route! This Saturday let’s honor Amelia by making our community and our world a better place. Take a picture and hashtag it #AmeliasWish so she can see the impact she is having on the world. The weather is supposed to be great and your help in granting Amelia’s Wish would be greatly appreciated.

Volunteers spread out through Cooper Creek Park Saturday.
Volunteers spread out through Cooper Creek Park Saturday.
Some of the Roeland Park residents who turned out to help Saturday. Photo provided.
Some of the Roeland Park residents who turned out to help Saturday. Photo provided.