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Kansas City's 3 comedic superstars lift ailing children's spirits

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Three of Kansas City's biggest stars have returned to their hometown to lift the spirits of ailing children, and raise funds for Children Mercy Hospital's Cancer Center.

Paul Rudd, Rob Riggle and Jason Sudeikis visited children at the hospital Friday morning. They took photos, played games, signed autographs and shared jokes with the children.

Riggle said Kansas City is their home, and the trio want to stay connected with it.

"We love Kansas City," he said." Paul and I are parents. We know what it means, and we can empathize when we see kids that are sick, and what their parents must be going through."

He said supporting the kids is of paramount importance.

And the children and their families said this was a much-needed break. One child talked about watching the stars' movies, while another bubbled about meeting Rudd calling him "really funny."

The three plan several events in Kansas City this weekend. A whiffle ball tournament will be held at the Little K at Kauffman Stadium, before the Royals home game. Gates will open at 5 p.m.

The fourth annual Big Slick Celebrity Poker Tournament and Party will be held Saturday night. In addition to the KC trio, other celebrities scheduled to attend are Wilmer Valderrama of That 70s Show, Angela Kinsey of The Office, Daman Wayans Jr. of Happy Endings, Sarah Chalke of Scrubs, Kevin Pollack of A Few Good Men and Olivia Wilde of House, M.D.

Last year's event raised more than $500,000 and altogether the previous events have raised more than $1 million.

You can attend Saturday's event. Tickets are $75. For more details, and to purchase tickets online, click here.

The Children's Mercy Cancer Center provides comprehensive care to children with cancer, and blood disorders in a family-center environment to promote optimal health and well being.

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