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Seventeen-year-old Matt Williams survived a brain tumor that developed when he was 9 years old. Since then he has made it a priority to work with other victims of childhood cancer.  He runs a non-profit organization, Matt’s Hats, that collects and distributes hats and raises money for cancer research. That’s why he’s Cochran’s Kid of the Week.



Zain Bando is one of our most nominated Kids of the Week yet! Zain is an eighth grader who doesn’t let anything keep him from reaching for his dreams. He wants to be a sports broadcaster and has more than 100 episodes of his own sports podcast online. Hear how he plans to take over for Dave Eanet..and then take over the world!



The Community Girlz started in 2010 as a small group of five 9- to 10-year-olds. Donna Gieser, Emily Giovingo, Jessica Xhumari, Lydia Sullivan and Tam Ta decided to do something special for their community. They planned a front yard fundraiser and raised $500 for The DuPage County Animal Care and Control.

Now the group has grown to include Kate Johnson, Sharielle Centi, Abigail Sopiarz, Kelly Boland, and its still raising money for different causes. That’s why they’re all the Kids of the Week.



Today’s Kid of the Week is nominated by Mary Poland of FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education.) Callie is an 8-year-old with severe nut allergies who has created her own nut-free candy company. Not only does the candy allow herself and others like her to enjoy sweet treats, but the proceeds of the candies go toward FARE. Way to go, Callie! Keep laughing your great laugh.


Visit Callie’s website here.

Joan Czarnecki, a P.E. teacher at Frost Junior High, nominates Amanda Mytych as Steve Cochran’s Kid of the Week. Amanda grabs any opportunity to help her peers with special needs. She’s worked with Special Olympics, coached several different sports, and volunteered for a variety of other fundraisers. Congratulations, Amanda!


Jacque Farnaus calls in to nominate Emma Nykiel, today’s Kid of the Week! At age 6 Emma told her mom she wanted to start the Teeny Tiny Team to make crafts and raise money for different charities. Six years later, she and the Teeny Tiny Team are still at it. Listen below and visit their website to learn more.




Delaney Kissel is the Steve Cochran Kid of the Week. Her grandmother nominated her because of a random act of kindness Delaney committed during a recent trip to Gino’s East.






Colleen McGrath was Steve’s Kid of the Week back at age 14. She battled pancreatic cancer as a child and survived.  Then last year she discovered another cancer and is fighting it again. Colleen says 13 years ago One Step Camp saved her life. Now she’s working with the camp to save other kids.  Visit their website here.

Listen to today’s segment here:

Listen to Colleen’s past Kid of the Week segment, an interview with her principal:







Maggie Cronin is a student at Crystal Lake South high school. In a few short weeks, she will participate in a St. Baldrick’s event…and leave with no hair! Maggie has pledged to shave her head in exchange for donations to St. Baldrick’s. So far, she has raised more than $1000. Click here to learn how you can donate.


Two stellar high school students have been awarded the title of Steve Cochran’s Kids of the Week. Chris Nichol and J.C. Kane are both part of the Burke Buddies program at Notre Dame College Prep. Chris Nichol is enrolled in Burke Scholars, a program at the school for male students with disabilities. J.C. Kane is is a Burke Buddy, and the two are good friends. Both students are an integral part to the program and the school as a whole. Leandra Smith, director of the program, is in studio as well.

For information on their upcoming fundraiser or to donate, visit their website here.


Steve Cochran Show’s Kid of the Week is Chris Nichol. His buddy is J.C. Kane. They’re part of the Burke Scholar Program at Notre Dame College Preparatory School in Niles. We’re proud of them!