More than 350 middle school, junior high and high school students from Wilmette volunteered their time for the Second Annual Highcrest Middle School Kick-It Kickball game on June 16 in Avoca Park, Wilmette. Kick-It is an all-volunteer effort where kids help other kids fighting cancer by raising funds for pediatric cancer research through kickball. The event is a fundraising initiative of Flashes of Hope, a national non-profit organization.
“HMS Kicks-It For Cancer” raised $49,000, exceeding last year’s inaugural total of $10,000. This year’s top individual fundraiser was 12-year-old Wilmette resident Nick Melnick who raised $4,000 in support of his 13-year-old cousin in Atlanta who is battling bone cancer. As top fundraiser, Nick won a GoPro camera and plans to give it to his cousin as a gift when he visits her later this summer.
Nick also won the opportunity to shave Highcrest Middle School Principal Dave Palzet’s head, a job Nick performed with a smile. 12-year-old Reese Dekker also shaved her head after reaching her individual fundraising goal of $2,000. There were 27 different teams of youth participating in “HMS Kicks-It For Cancer.” Special appearances were made by Chicago Cubs mascot Clark the Cub, who pitched a few innings in relief.
Kick-It was founded by a 10-year-old cancer patient from Ohio during his second battle with cancer. Since 2009, Flashes of Hope has raised over $2.2 million dollars nationally through the Kick-It program and other initiatives. All proceeds go toward funding pediatric cancer research.
For more information on Kick-It, call (440) 461-KICK (5425) or visit www.kick-it.org.
For more information on Flashes of Hope, visit www.flashesofhope.orgTags: fundraisers
‘HMS Kicks-It For Cancer” Kickball Tournament
Benefiting: Flashes of Hope
Location: Avoca Park, Wilmette