KAIA Young Agents Help Raise Funds for Choriocarcinoma
The Young Agents of Kansas ups the ante with spicy wings to help with 20-year-old Jacob Legleiter’s medical expenses
Topeka, Kansas – August 10, 2021 – The Kansas Association of Insurance Agents (KAIA) Young Agents Committee has decided this year’s charity fundraiser will support a member agent’s son, Jacob Legleiter, who was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer: Choriocarcinoma.
“As our committee discussed our charitable cause, I was having a hard time deciding. The insurance industry, as a whole, always goes above and beyond donating; volunteering, or stepping in when events or campaigns in our community come up and responding when the needs of our communities arise. As the Association is our network between agents and companies; we need each other to succeed and prosper. When I heard that Mike Legleiter is going through a rough time, I only wanted to help by showing our support,” said Bryce Hundley, the 2021 Young Agents Committee chairperson, “This Hot One’s Challenge is our weird way of doing that.”
Mike Legleiter is a Division Claims Manager with Rain & Hail, a KAIA silver Industry Partner. The Young Agents discovered Mike’s son, Jacob, was diagnosed with choriocarcinoma in late Spring. Choriocarcinoma is a fast-growing cancer. Jacob is currently undergoing treatment.
As part of the Young Agents Committee’s guiding principles, it selects a charitable cause each year to support. In 2019, the Young Agents collected over 250,000 bandages for Noah’s Bandage Project. Before that, they collected funds for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
This year, an idea was hatched by the Young Agents Committee’s National Liaison, Brock Elliott of Elliott Group in Louisburg, Kansas., to create a Hot One’s Challenge. Bryce Hundley of Hundley Insurance Services, and Josh Goodman, KAIA, agreed to participate in the challenge. Just as in the original YouTube sensation, the participants conduct an interview over ten increasingly spicy chicken wings. They began with Hot Ones Classic sauce with a rating of 1,800 Scoville units and ended with a struggle to finish The Last Dab XXX with a Scoville rating of two million units. Only one participant accepted the final Dab challenge.
Hundley added, “To the principals, company reps, producers, marketing underwriters let’s show Mike and his family how much we support them. Your donations go straight to the family and you get to see us humiliate ourselves. We may even accept challenges!”
Short clips will be released through KAIA’s website, as well as through its Facebook and LinkedIn pages. The final cut will only be released once the Committee has reached its $4,000 fundraising goal. The campaign runs from August 10, 2021, to September 10, 2021. Donations can be made through KAIA’s website at kaia.com/yak.