Kick it for a Cause: Spring 2014

Fitness and Fun Day for Zachary Hamilton
~Taylor Capuano '14

This year was the third annual Kick It for a Cause event and we had the pleasure of sponsoring a Canton Central School seventh grader, Zach Hamilton, who has been fighting Neuroblastoma since he was in fourth grade.  We wanted to team up with the Hamilton's and all of the "Zach the Fighter" supporters to lighten the burden of all of the travel expenses that go along with frequent travel to NYC and Syracuse for scans and treatments.

This year the event featured Zumba, Tabata, Kick Boxing and Yoga- all taught by instructors from across the North Country.  Countless SLU organizations participated by setting up children's activities like pie toss and tie dying, making it one of the most fun "Kick It" events so far.  It was great to see so many SLU students come together with hundreds of North Country community members- all at the event to support "Zach the Fighter".

Throughout the event, we raised about $6,000 but when we included the money we raised ahead of time through an online campaign, the CCE was excited to write the Hamilton's a check for $9,000.  While we are ecstatic with the amount of money we were able to raise for the Hamilton's, there are no words to describe how inspired everyone at the event was by Zach and his family's energy and positivity.  Zach's smile was contagious and no one left the event without a big smile on their face. Thank you to everyone who attended the event to make it so special.  Also, thank you to the Hamilton family for being such great partners throughout the event- we are excited to continue our friendship for years to come!