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Kicking It Up a Notch: One Athlete’s Unique Quest to Serve Others 

November 01, 2019

While attending a football showcase this past summer, HCA senior and kicker for the varsity football team Will deAndrade had the opportunity to meet a representative from the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, an organization founded in 2005 whose mission is to change the lives of children with cancer through funding impactful research and raising awareness of childhood cancer. Will learned that kickers all across the country take part in helping to raise money for the foundation. Moved by the story of the organization, Will felt a calling in his heart to take on the project himself and quickly set a goal.  As football season began, Will and his parents went to work! They organized Will’s Kick It Campaign and set up a booth at each home football game.  The mission was a success, and Will not only surpassed his initial goal of raising $1,000 but he doubled it! Will stated, “I ultimately learned the importance of taking a chance to bring awareness to a cause. And I also learned that I can use whatever platform God has given me for the betterment of others. The most meaningful aspect for me is knowing that I have taken part in helping families and youth affected by childhood cancer.” With over 55 yards kicked this season and $2,000 raised to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Will deAndrade has proven himself to be a true hero for both his football team and for all of those affected by childhood cancer.