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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!

Kailey Ray is Steve Cochran’s Kid of the Week. This  10-year-old from Ohio knits hats and sells them through her charity project, Kai’s Love Hats. With the profits, she buys American Girl Dolls for patients at the Cincinnati Children’s hospital. Listen and hear more about her project!

Visit Kailey’s website here to help.


Kids of the Week Mac Most and Mary Bridget Donahue are in the studio. They recently participated in St. Francis Xavier’s service day in La Grange, Ill. Each grade level had a different theme for their projects, including social justice and human rights. Mac talks about his experience working with residents at Misericordia.

Congratulations to Mac and Mary Bridget!


Beth Thake is on with Steve to nominate the Kid of the Week, Ryne Krueger. Ryne spent more than 100 hours working on a project to create “homework kits” for 350 elementary school children. He collected donations and put together all the kits with help from his Eagle Scout troop. Congratulations to Ryne, Steve Cochran’s Kid of the Week!


Three year old Mallory Coil is this week’s Kid of the Week! She helped her mother with a blanket drive for hospital patients over the holidays. Listen in to her her, her aunt, and her mother on the line.

Check out the Blanket Brigade blog here!


Hannah Bambic is Steve’s latest Kid of the Week. She has done several projects to raise money for pitbull rescue (specifically Villalobos Rescue Center in New Orleans.) She started with a lemonade stand where she raised over $200. Additionally, she and her family are going to New Orleans to volunteer at the shelter instead of giving Christmas gifts.

Finally, tonight (December 17) is a fundraiser at Gullivers Pizzeria in Chicago. Part of proceeds will go towards the Villalobos Rescue Center.