Kicking for a cure

What started as a project has quickly grown into a beloved tradition in Manitowoc.

It was 2013, and Nichole Cogswell was working toward earning her fifth-degree black belt at Lakeshore Tae Kwon Do. She needed to complete a project as part of the testing process.

“I knew I wanted to do a kick-a-thon, and since it was October, I chose to raise funds to support breast cancer care,” explained Nichole.

“Give a Kick to Cancer” was so popular that Nichole decided to continue the fundraiser. Then her connection to breast cancer became personal.

“The wife of one of our students was diagnosed with breast cancer and had treatment at Aurora Health Care, so it became even more important to continue the event and support her.”

All the funds raised stay in the community.

“The reason we donate to Aurora Health Care Foundation is because we want to keep the donations local,” shared Nichole. “We get updates every year on how the funds are being used to help people receiving cancer treatment in the Manitowoc area.”

To date, the kick-a-thon has raised $23,710, and students have done a total of 237,990 kicks. It’s become an annual tradition the students, their families and staff look forward to each year.

“We get T-shirts made – it’s just fun for everyone. And the last two years, we’ve added an incentive for reaching our fundraising goal. If we make it, students get to hit me in the face with a pie!”

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Nichole Cogswell has raised more than $23,000 to support Aurora Cancer Care programs in Manitowoc.

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