Student Spotlight: East Football Kicker Helps Kids with Cancer

Student Spotlight: East Football Kicker Helps Kids with Cancer
Posted on 09/13/2017
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Gavin Myers photoEach time East football player Gavin Myers kicks a field goal or an extra point, it means much more than putting points up on the scoreboard.

Gavin is a Kick-It Champion, partnering with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to help make a difference in the lives of children battling cancer. Each point that Gavin scores raises money that will be used to help pay medical expenses for families with children fighting cancer. To date, the generosity of the community has helped Gavin raise over $2,400, surpassing his original goal of $1,000. He hopes to double or even triple his goal by the end of the football season.

Gavin personally knows how cancer can affect a family. He lost an aunt last June to breast cancer and his other aunt was diagnosed with the same cancer last April. “I know there is nothing greater than spending time with your family,” said Gavin. That’s why he is also planning a family night for some of Lakota’s childhood cancer warriors. He is inviting families to be his guest at the Thunderhawk varsity football game on Oct. 13, treating them to tickets and snacks. “I want it to be a night where they can put illness aside and just be a kid and a family.” If your family is interested in the Oct. 13 family night, contact Gavin at gavinmaster2001@hotmail.com

If you would like to help Gavin make a difference in the lives of children battling cancer, visit his Kick-It Champion page. There will also be a table set up at Lakota East home football games (except Oct. 13) where community members can learn more about the fundraiser.

Gavin was recognized at the Aug. 28 Lakota Board of Education meeting for his Kick-It fundraising efforts, and on Monday he was featured on Fox 19 (click here to see the video). He plans to hold his Kick-It fundraiser each year and hopes to get more kickers and punters involved next year.