About: Reach for Kids is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization created in 2002 by the Independent Pilots Association (IPA), the collective bargaining unit representing the pilots who fly for United Parcel Service.

Over the past 25 years, our IPA Foundation and IPA Reach for Kids charities have donated over $7 million to local, national, and international children's charities!

RFK Mission: Through charitable events, RFK raises money to benefit children’s charities in the Louisville, KY area. This is one way in which the IPA and its members can give back to the community in which the IPA is headquartered.

IPA's Reach for Kids Campaign Continues Despite Bowmanfest Cancellation

RFK to Benefit Kosair Charities Pediatric NeuroRecovery Program

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and restrictions from the FAA, Bowmanfest Aviation and Military Heritage Festival 2021 and the 5K on the Runway Run/Walk sponsored by IPA's Reach for Kids have been cancelled. Event organizers say they are now making preparations for a bigger and better event in 2022 at Louisville's historic Bowman Field.

Despite the cancellation, IPA's Reach for Kids (RFK) Campaign continues to raise money for Kosair Charities and its Pediatric NeuroRecovery program in Louisville. In 2019, RFK's more than $30K donation helped create a financial assistance fund to aid in filling the gap in insurance coverage for children from around the country who undergo this cutting edge therapy in Louisville led by Dr. Andrea Behrman.

All of Dr. Behrman's patients are required to attend therapy 5 days a week. Insurance typically pays for 2-3 days, and Kosair Charities pays for the remaining days per week. The Pediatric NeuroRecovery Fund helps pay for the therapies not covered by insurance.

IPA's Reach for Kids began partnering with Bowmanfest organizers in 2017 to raise money for charity and pay tribute to the military and aviation communities in Louisville and surrounding areas.

If you would like to support this year’s RFK campaign, donations can be made via PayPal at payments@ipapilot.org or by check and mailed to Reach for Kids, 3607 Fern Valley Rd., Louisville, KY 40219.

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