Last updated: June 19. 2014 4:01PM - 194 Views
By Jane Beathard jbeathard@civitasmedia.com

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Local residents are invited to participate in a kickball tournament on Sunday, June 22, to raise money for children’s cancer research.

Kicking-It With Reagyn is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the London High School baseball/softball field, 336 Elm St.

Proceeds from the event will benefit a study by Jiayuh Lin at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.

Participants who raise $50 or more will receive a Kick-It T-shirt or backpack, according to organizer Carol Semler.

Kick-It is a national volunteer organization with a single mission — raising money for research on the causes and cures of children’s cancer.

It was founded in 2009 by a 10-year-old cancer patient from Ohio who dreamed of playing his favorite game — kickball — to cure the disease. It has since spread across the country, raising more than $2 million for research.

Kick-It utilizes national medical advisory boards to identify the most promising studies and projects.

Childhood cancers are the number one disease killer of children. But only 4 percent of federal research funding goes toward studies of those cancers.

For additional information on Sunday’s event, email ecsemler@gmail.com. Additional information regarding the national Kick-It effort is available at KICK-IT.ORG

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