Kicking Cancer

May 03, 2012  |  Posted by Troy Krause

Over the years, people have found numerous ways to raise funds in the fight against cancer, but a new project being initiated by kids for kids is taking place later this month at St. John School in Redwood Falls.
That day students from the local parochial school, as well as those from schools in Fairfax and St. James are going to be taking part in a kickball tournament to raise funds for children’s cancer research. Through a national organization known as Kick-It, schools across the country have been raising funds by playing kickball. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised over the years.
“It’s a neat organization,” said Becky Rogotzke, who is helping coordinate the event at the local school.
Rogotzke said the students at St. John’s are currently raising funds by taking pledges from friends, family and members of the community.
Students have a close connection to children’s cancer, as a member of their school, Anna Rogotzke died of cancer in December 2010.
Becky Rogotzke, Anna’s mom, said the focus of the Kick-It event is an effort to help raise awareness of cancer among children, adolescents and young adults and to encourage them to get involved in their community.
Rogotzke said a number of local businesses have donated to the event, and she expressed her appreciation to all who have made a donation.
Those who would like to donate as a business or an individual can do so by contacting the school. Those donations are tax deductible if made to the Kick-It program.
The public is invited to come out to the school May 16 to watch the fun. The games are set to start about 9:30 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m.
Rogotzke said she is hoping the event is a big enough success it can be held regularly.

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