Brave the Shave Kids and Families Visit Papa's Pumpkin Patch

Bismarck - Kids and their families battling cancer don't always get a day off.

But today was an exception when Brave the Shave took over Papa's Pumpkin Patch and gave kids a day they won't soon forget.

It was all smiles and a few laughs spending the day at the pumpkin patch so kids and their families affected by childhood cancer can do what they do best, just let kids be kids.

"A lot of these kids are immuno-compromised so it gives our families a chance to take in this wonderful place and not have the worry of the extra risk of catching a cold," Taner Ohlsen, Brave the Shave says.

So with the place to themselves, the kids got to work exploring all the patch has to offer.

They all had their favorite stops along the way.

"I like doing the corn pit and the obstacle courses," Bryn Oothoudt, Brave the Shave says.

While others were up to an even bigger challenge.

"[I like] going through the corn maze," Zakk Arenz, Brave the Shave says.

Testing their strength, they climbed hay bales and sometimes, just got lost down a new path.

Cancer doesn't take the day off, but one dad says, giving kids and families a chance to be together can make a world of difference.

"That's what's so important to have these kinds of opportunities for them to just be normal kids, to be normal families, and it's all about putting smiles on their faces," Ohlsen says.

But the best part of all, Zakk Arenz says, is who he got to spend the day with.

It's nice hanging out with all of these kids and knowing who else has been through what I've been through [I'm] having fun with all these kids that have gone through cancer too," Arenz says.

Because on this day they're just kids having fun at the pumpkin patch.

Since 2008, Brave the Shave, a regional organization that raises money for childhood cancer, has raised more than $2 million for kids and their families affected by childhood cancer.

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