The best of KANSAS PROUD

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) As we get ready to close the door on 2017, Eyewitness News thought it would be a good time to look back at everything you've done to warm our hearts and help our community.

This year gave us a lot of reasons to be Kansas Proud, like Wichita's Olympic Medalist Nico Hernandez's September victory.

The Wichita State University super fan, Darren Thoma's journey to Missouri Valley Tourney.

"I've always wanted to go on the road with them when they're on the road."

The Newman Basketball team's newest signee.

"I was concerned with him playing because he would get sick but for him to have his own team this is awesome," says Latoya Randle.

In the trying days following Kansas' worst wildfires, you came together to help rebuild from the ashes.

When Houston was drowning from Hurricane Harvey.

"We wanted to help as much as possible," says Colin Grimes.

Kansans traveled by truck, bus, and boat to help their neighbors in Texas.

When we aren't facing extreme devastation, the people here in Kansas show support in the most meaningful ways.

Such as David Brown's unique tattoo.

"If he was able to do it and go through with surgery and get the implants, then I wanted to get tattoos so that way he didn't feel so odd."

A stranger who offered their time and money to build a special bed and football players who get their strength from the strongest warrior of all.