In a continuing effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against childhood cancer, Prosper High kicker Bradley Larson has dedicated his 2019 football season to children with cancer as a Kick-It Champion.
Larson is accepting donations for each field goal and extra point he makes during the football season. All donations received will benefit childhood cancer research through Kick-It, powered by Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
“I wanted to make a difference,” Larson said. “I wanted to show people who are dealing with cancer in their family that there is hope. I wanted to show kids who have or survived cancer that it gets better. I wanted people to know that I’m a survivor and I live my life to the fullest. I wanted to raise money for all the families who need help because I know how much they need to know that people care.”
Larson’s goal is to raise $2,000 and he is already halfway there. As a cancer survivor himself, Larson said he feels compelled to help other children. At just 6 weeks old, his mother was concerned when he had a nose bleed. Shortly after, Larson’s mother noticed a bruise on her son’s back and knew something was wrong.
At only 10 weeks old, Larson was diagnosed with acute megakaryoblastic leukemia and given a 20 percent chance of survival. If he were to survive the disease, his parents were told he would never become an athlete.
The Kick-It Champion program was started by All-State Ohio football player Matt Colella, who battled cancer as a middle school student. His commitment to help other inspired his community and athletes around the country to become Kick-It Champions for children with cancer.
For more information, to pledge or to donate, visit Larson’s Kick-It Champion page at https://www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/1862420.
Kick-It, formerly a program of Flashes of Hope, is a national charitable athletic campaign to raise money for much needed childhood cancer research. Kick-It partnered with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation in 2017 in order to further the vision of a 10-year-old boy with cancer who wanted to help other kids like him. This partnership emerged from their similar beginnings as both charities were founded by children battling cancer.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of 4-year-old Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who was fighting cancer and wanted to raise money to find cures for all children with cancer. Her spirit and determination inspired others to support her cause, and when she passed away at the age of 8, she had raised $1 million. Since then, the foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement. Today, ALSF is one of the leading funders of pediatric cancer research in the U.S. and Canada raising more than $175 million so far, funding nearly 1,000 research projects and providing programs to families affected by childhood cancer. For more information, visit AlexsLemonade.org.