‘Kick It for a Cause’ Seeking Volunteers, Donations

St. Lawrence University’s Center for Civic Engagement has begun organizing its annual “Kick It for a Cause” event and has selected this year’s beneficiary. The Center is currently seeking volunteers, groups and donations to support the cause, which will take place this spring.

This year’s cause will benefit Zachary Hamilton, 12, of Canton. Zachary is a seventh-grade student at Canton Central School, who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancerous tumor that grew from his adrenal glands on his left kidney.

Originally diagnosed in 2009 while he was in second grade, Zachary’s cancer was treated with chemotherapy radiation surgery and a stem cell transplant. Since then, he and his parents, Becky and Bill Hamilton, have been traveling to New York City every two months for antibody treatment and every three months for scans.

Unfortunately, his December 2013 scan showed that his cancer has returned. Zachary and his parents will now have to travel to Syracuse for chemotherapy treatments and to New York City for another surgery to remove any remaining cancer.

Despite the disease and the painful treatments, Zachary continues to persevere in the fight against cancer with a positive attitude and a smile. Yet, the constant travel to Syracuse and New York City for his treatments has put an enormous financial and emotional strain on his parents, said Julie Johnson, specialist for the Center for Civic Engagement.

The Kick It for a Cause event will take place on April 5, 2014 in Newell Field House from noon to 4 p.m. The main event is a Zumbathon fundraiser, which will include other activities such as student activity booths and a silent auction. The Center is looking for groups that would like to become involved (student groups to set up activity booths), donations for the silent auction and raffle, and help spreading the word about the event.

In the meantime, the Center is also seeking support for the Hamiltons’ travel this winter by sponsoring Miles for Zachary. This cause will help the family with gas, parking and their stay at the Ronald McDonald House. Donations are being accepted online at

According to Johnson, the annual Kick It for a Cause event would not be possible without local support.

If your organization would like to participate in this year’s event as a sponsor, a volunteer and/or donate a basket or item for the silent auction, please contact Johnson at 315-229-5095 or

More details can be found on the Center for Civic Engagement’s Facebook page at and the Center’s Kick It for a Cause Facebook page at

About the Center:

The Center for Civic Engagement aims to increase and enhance opportunities for students to be agents of positive social change both on and off-campus. Kick It for a Cause promotes collaboration between St. Lawrence University and the local community to raise awareness and money for a local child and family in need. By embracing the power of the North Country community and local college students, the event combines resources to offer activities for people of all ages, including fitness, silent auctions and activities for children. Money raised directly benefits the family to assist with the financial and emotional strain an illness can have on a family.