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I know that the summer baseball season has begun and most of Austin’s friends and classmates have 9am games on Saturday, making it next to impossible for people to sign up for this year’s CureSearch Walk. (But if you can, please do! Click here to register.)

But I have another opportunity that might be more doable for busy school families — and even more fun for our kids. I know some of you are familiar with Flashes of Hope, the national organization started by a photographer — and mother of a cancer patient — here in Cleveland that takes professional photos of children with life-threatening diseases and their families.  They do wonderful work and help children feel beautiful even when going through something so ugly.

The founder’s son, Quinn Clarke, had had cancer as a baby and after he was successfully “cured,” his mother started the organization as a way to give back. At the age of nine, Quinn was diagnosed with a new, more aggressive cancer as a result of his treatment and this time he wanted to do something to give back. So he started Kick-It, a national program where kids (and adults) play kickball to raise money for childhood cancer research. Check out the website and watch the introductory video — it is very inspiring. The money again (as with the Walk and as with St. Baldrick’s) goes to CureSearch and the Children’s Oncology Group, which coordinates all of the national research on pediatric cancers.

So … here’s the opportunity part: There is a Kick It event already scheduled on Friday, June 10 at 6pm in Chagrin Falls. I’m waiting to hear back from the coordinator to see if the event is open to anyone or if it’s specific to their school. If people are willing and able, I can set up two teams for kids from the eastern suburbs (or anywhere, really) to participate.  I would make one for the rising second graders (or anyone in the 6-8 age range) and another for the entering kindergarteners (or anyone in the 4-6 age range).

Let me know if you’re interested in participating, either by commenting here or on Facebook. If we have enough interest and if the Chagrin Falls one isn’t open to us, maybe I could plan one of our own for later in the summer.

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