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Funding surge saves cerebral palsy ranch

August 22, 2011

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— A southeast Kansas ranch that has served as a camp for thousands of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities won’t be auctioned off after all.

After word spread that the Kansas Jaycees Cerebral Palsy Foundation Ranch would be sold, supporters rallied in recent days to save it. KSNW-TV (http://bit.ly/ouiyWs ) reports they raised $12,000 by Monday toward a goal of $65,000.

The ranch opened in 1964 as a joint venture of the Kansas Jaycees and the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation. It occupies 147 acres near El Dorado in Butler County.

The Jaycees supported the ranch with $100,000 a year until a decade ago, when funding began to dwindle. The camp was to be auctioned Aug. 27.

About 12,000 people have camped at the ranch over the years.

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