GARY | It was a perfect day for grilling but not so much for flying kites, with the temperatures in the 80s and very little wind, less than 10 mph.
Nevertheless, parents and children were out at Marquette Park for the annual Fly 4 Life kite fly sponsored by the LNL Foundation, which provides trendy, functional clothes for children with cancer.
LNL stands for Lounge N Lax and was established a few years ago by Karen Hannon, of Portage. She said she got the idea to develop a line of clothing because her young son used to sweat profusely, even in the winter, when he had on any sort of hat.
She said she tinkered with different materials and styles and came up with an idea that worked for the boy, who will be 6 years old next month. While none of her children have suffered from cancer, Hannon said she wanted to do something for the community.
Partnering with friend Glenda Phillips, of Florida, Hannon said she came up with the idea to develop a clothing line for children with cancer. She said Phillips' son died from cancer.
In addition to the foundation, Hannon also has a for-profit company called Xaydon LLC.
During the kite fly, adults paid $10 and children paid $5. Each received a kite, food and entertainment during the event.
Hannon will use the money she earned during the kite fly to buy the materials for the clothing. She intends to donate her products this year to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.