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Save Supporting Kidds & Light the Pathway to Healing event set for Constitution Yards

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A community event this week hopes to help restore an individual counseling program at Supporting Kidds in Hockessin.

The wife of a former Delaware State Police corporal shot in the line of duty is partnering with the Delaware Community Foundation to help children like her daughter who have suffered loss.


Corporal Stephen Ballard’s daughter was only 5-years-old when her father was shot and killed in 2017 after approaching a suspicious vehicle at Wawa in Bear.

Ballard’s wife Louise Cummings enrolled her in Supporting Kidds - a center for grieving children and their families in Hockessin.


“Supporting Kidds is an organization that has been in existence for over 35 years and recently has been folded under Children and Families First, which works with families throughout the State of Delaware. And the concept of Supporting Kidds is to help children who are grieving the loss of a loved one," Cummings said.

Cummings says her daughter -  now 7 - benefited tremendously from the individual therapy, but that part of the program was terminated as of March 31, 2019 due to lack of funding.

Now Supporting Kidds and Cummings, plan to hold a Pathway to Healing event in Wilmington to support restoring the individual counseling program.

“It’s Friday, June 7 at at 7 p.m. at Constitution Yards. And we are going to essentially Light the Pathway to Healing. We’ve asked people to buy a luminary candle - $10 for one luminary or $25 for three. And you can name it in memory of anyone,” said Cummings.

Cummings says all proceeds will go directly to Supporting Kidds Programming; Supporting Kidds is part of Delaware’s Children and Families First program.

To purchase luminaries or to read more, click here.

Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.