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Kick-It For Cancer at Gilmour

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Kick-It For Cancer was founded in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, by 10-year-old Quinn Clarke during his second battle against cancer. Clarke wanted to have a kickball game to raise money for pediatric cancer research. More than 500 people participated in his kickball games. Kick-It soon became a global organization spanning from Hawaii to Australia and more.

Quinn Clarke, the founder of Kick-It For Cancer.

Kick-it is now partnered with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) to solely focus on finding cures for pediatric cancer.

In 2016, Caitlyn Compres (‘20) extended the Kick-It fundraiser to Gilmour Academy. Compres was inspired by her neighbor who works for the Kick-It organization in Chagrin Falls.

Compres said, “My motivation of organizing Kick-It at Gilmour comes from seeing each kid suffering from these terrible diseases. We all have so much. We are able to breathe, walk, play sports, eat on our own, and do so much more; but for some of these kids, what we take for granted are luxuries they can’t afford. So, I think that everyone should be able to give back. Anything and everything helps.”

In Compres’s first year at Gilmour, she organized the students to donate money during Spirit Week and organized for the entire school to play of kickball. In Compres’s sophomore year, her Gilmour Kick-It organization again collected donations. She also arranged a kickball game against Hawken High School.

This year, Compres and her team plan to have donations open all year and do mini fundraises throughout the year. After the fundraising, the entire school will play kickball games this spring.

Gilmour students are able to participate and strongly encouraged to donate. The main goal is to spread awareness about childhood cancer.

 

All students are welcomed to donate through the website. https://www.alexslemonade.org/kickit

Pediatric cancer is extremely underfunded compared to adult cancer research. According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, every two minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer. This means around 300,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer each year. Additionally, one in five children diagnosed with cancer in the U.S will not survive.

With this year’s Kick-It fundraiser underway, Compres said, “I want people to know that these kids are fighting for their lives. I know we don’t know all of them personally or their stories, but most of these kids are just like us, and they are now fighting for their lives. It is easy and simple to donate. All donations go an extremely long way.”

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Lejun (Angela) Liu was born on January 22, 2002 in Beijing, China. After graduating from elementary school in Beijing, Angela wanted her to pursue an education that puts creativity and self-identity before testing scores. Therefore, turning thirteen, Angela moved to her uncle’s house in Akron, Ohio, and attended St. Hilary middle school. In 2016, Angela was admitted to Gilmour Academy as a Freshman. At Gilmour, Angela joined the varsity tennis team and varsity cheerleading team. She is also involved in international club, radio club, science club, psychology club, and homework club. In Angela’s sophomore year at Gilmour, she found herself interested in journalism and media. Having interned at a television production company over the summer, Angela is excited to continue her path in journalism with the Lance. Angela is also passionate about doing service works, especially helping young people and people with special needs. In the future, she wishes to on to more service trips to help out people in different countries. Angela also enjoys reading different types of literatures and wants to incorporate what she has learned from professional writers' writings into her own work. Working with the Lance, Angela’s aspiration is to make positive impacts on the world through her own ideas and writings.