Mahan presents award to Marion resident for helping kids in need

Mahan presents award to Marion resident for helping kids in need

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, March 7, 2019 4:16 pm

STATEHOUSE (March 7, 2019) – State Rep. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) presented the Circle of Corydon award to Marion native Jay Yeakle for his work helping families of sick children.

Yeakle founded the Help the Hopeful organization in 1993 to help pay medical expenses for families with children battling severe illnesses. He worked with the community to start an annual auction, which currently helps over 20 families with their medical bills.

Mahan presented the award to Yeakle at the annual Help the Hopeful charity auction in Marion.

“Jay is an important leader in our community,” Mahan said. “He has helped numerous families over the years and is someone people look to for inspiration and guidance. We appreciate him for making a difference in so many lives.”

According to Mahan, Help the Hopeful has raised about $2.4 million and assisted more than 220 children over the years.

“Medical expenses add up quickly,” Mahan said. “People are often left with added financial burdens on top of fighting cancer, receiving organ transplants or facing major operations. This organization relieves some of that stress for folks.”

To learn more about Help the Hopeful, visit cityofmarion.in.gov.

The Circle of Corydon award was established by Gov. Eric Holcomb and is given to Hoosiers who contribute to the betterment of Indiana and its people.

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State Rep. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) represents House District 31,

which includes all of Blackford County and portions of Delaware,

Grant and Wells counties.

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PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) (right) presents the Circle of Corydon award to Jay Yeakle (left) at the annual Help the Hopeful charity auction in Marion on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Yeakle founded Help the Hopeful, an organization providing financial assistance to families with children who have severe illnesses and are struggling with medical expenses. Yeakle has raised over $2.4 million for the organization since its beginning in 1993.