CHICAGO-- We spotted this from the helicopter, The Crain Communications Building, lit up with the letters J-C- #FTK.
We didn’t know what it meant, so we posted it online asking our viewers.
Some thought it was some kind of profanity, or January comes with fortune cookies. But most knew ‘FTK’ was for the kids.
So they guessed it was a kid with the initials J.C. Someone was trying to help, or Jay Cutler #for the kids…
Turns out-- none of those were right.
J-C- #FTK, what does it mean? We did some digging and found out…
Turns out the non-profit Junior Council, or J.C. is trying to get word out about its annual ‘Snowball Fundraiser” this Saturday. The money they raise at the event will benefit the Lurie Children’s Hospital.
Kenny Lodge, President of Junior Council, said they “Raise money for the special infectious disease clinic at the hospital which caters to among other disease HIV/Aids the main one they treat there.”
We swung by the clinic to see how the funds will help babies, kids and young adults with HIV/Aids.
Leslie Orr, Clinic Social Worker, said “These are kids. They’re dealing with a chronic illness many times no one else they know has it. Taking medicine every day, they can’t talk about it. Just doing stuff other kids don’t have to do so it really is a challenge.”
Money raised at this Saturday’s J-C-FTK Snowball event will help the clinic provide expensive medication and lab tests, along with outreach and testing in Chicago communities.
Ruth Williams, Clinic Coordinator, said “It’s just imperative the funding that Junior Council provides for us is lifesaving in so many ways.”
So when you see the skyline tonight, now you’ll know-- the good cause behind Junior Council For the Kids.
“So that’s what J-C- #FTK stands for, that’s what it’s all about!”
The black tie Snowball Fundraiser is this Saturday night at Union Station.
For more information check out http://juniorcouncil.org/snowball/