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OK Kids Korral development in Oklahoma City to move forward

The Toby Keith Foundation is moving forward with plans to build a place to rest for families with children undergoing treatment for cancer at medical facilities in Oklahoma City.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: December 8, 2011

Western lodge design

The Korral's look will set it apart from the surrounding Oklahoma Health Center. Pamela Deatherage, vice president of Crafton Tull, said the building is designed to resemble a western lodge.

“We've used a lot of western lodge materials — wood siding and stone — and the stone matches what is used at the cancer center,” she said. It's similar to a Ronald McDonald House, she said, which also caters to families with children undergoing medical treatment.

Nees-Bright said the location, which is adjacent to a site designated for development of an Embassy Suites Hotel, is ideal for families with children traveling to Oklahoma City for cancer treatment.

“It's in the heart of Oklahoma City,” Nees-Bright said.

“It's central to everything, near doctors, and near the energy and vibe of downtown. Oklahoma is still a very rural community, and 80 percent of these kids are coming from outside our county. We have people traveling here for treatment every day. So this will be a very uplifting setting.”

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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It's been in the board's mind to do this for several years,” Nees-Bright said. “We want to create a home away from home.”

Juliet

Nees-Bright

Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority Foundation director

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