Wilmette students raise $49,000 for pediatric cancer research through kickball

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.org

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‘HMS Kicks-It For Cancer” Kickball Tournament

Benefiting: Flashes of Hope

Date:June 16

Location: Avoca Park, Wilmette

Attended: 350+

Raised: $49,000

Website: www.flashesofhope.org

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