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Statehouse rally honoring "alienated grandparents" set for Thursday

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) - A rally honoring "alienated grandparents" will be happening Thursday at the Kansas Statehouse. Gov. Jeff Colyer (R-Kansas) recently signed a proclamation recognizing Grandparent Alienation Awareness Day in Kansas. 

"When you have your whole family there, that family is a part of that child's life and we want to make everyone's life richer," said Colyer. 

Becky Wyre, an alienated grandparent herself, says she's tried for years to get former Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) to no success. She says it's important to get this issue out in the open.

"You feel alone. You feel embarrassed. You're ashamed and you don't want to talk about it. Then you realize there are thousands upon thousands," said Wyre.

Wyre says more than 8,000 alienated grandparents have already come forward and more are most like too embarrassed to speak up.

During the rally Thursday, Wyre says grandparents will have the ability to consult with a lawyer about what kind of rights grandparents have in Kansas.

The rally is scheduled for Thursday from 2 pm to 4 pm on the south steps of the Kansas Statehouse.


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