Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Kidd’s Daughter Takes Reins Of Kraddick Foundation

Kidd Kraddick called Kidd’s Kids Day — an annual day when the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning Show dedicates itself to raising funds to take terminally and chronically ill children and their families on a trip to Disney World — the most important KKITM event of the year, according to the Star-Telegram.

“This is the one day I get to put on my big-boy pants and not be a fool,” the Las Colinas-based, nationally syndicated Kraddick told DFW.com in 2011. “Not to just get in there and try to make ’em laugh at all costs.”

This year, that day takes place Wednesday on flagship KHKS106.1 FM in Dallas/Ft. Worth — for the first time, without Kraddick, who died unexpectedly July 27 at age 53.

But Kidd’s Kids is staying in the family — his daughter, Caroline Cradick (Kraddick’s real name was David Cradick), has taken over leadership of the Kraddick Foundation, which includes Kidd’s Kids. She also will host the trip to Disney World, which will be Nov. 21-25.

“When I graduated college, my dad had a talk with me that I haven’t really shared with a lot of people,” Cradick, a Fort Worth resident, says during a brief phone interview. “He said, ‘I hope at some point to groom you to run this thing.’ But I never imagined I would be doing it that [quickly]. So it’s surreal, but I kind of feel like I was born to do it, and it’s really the thing that keeps me going. It’s the gift that he gave me that makes my grieving process so much easier.”

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