Taking down cancer one kick at a time.
The American Family Karate dojo in Elmira joined the national Kids Kicking Cancer campaign to support medical studies and research for children battling cancer.
“It raises funds for kids who have cancer for instructors to go to hospitals and work with the kids who have cancer,” Head Instructor and Sensei, Shawnie Brown said. “They work on breathing, they work on stretching, and anything that works within their condition.”
On Friday night, a group of dedicated students competing and raising money for kids their age.
“One of our main goals is to teach them character building skills,” Brown said. “We teach them about respect, we teach them about integrity, and these are things we need our future leaders to have. So, these are all things that we do with our students in class.”
For some, this was a chance to raise money to combat a disease that has touched a loved one.
“I actually wanted to be here to see if I could do it,” Green Belt, Teagan Brown said. “I wanted to see if my Grandmother would be proud of me if I did this.”
“I felt really good about it because I’m caring about kids with cancer and I really hope they don’t have cancer anymore,” Yellow Belt, Rylie Burdick said.
Ultimately, 2,498 kicks were registered, which translates to over 4,000 dollars raised for kids kicking cancer. Every penny is going towards strengthening a child’s well-being.
“If you can take a kid who is in pain and really struggling, and teach them some skills that make them feel confident about themselves and raise their self-esteem, that’s a good thing,” Sensei Brown said.
If you would like to contribute to the campaign or learn more about American Family Karate in Elmira, you can visit their Facebook page.