Every time Matthew Trickett enters onto the field, he is fighting against pediatric cancer.
The Saint Ignatius senior kicker and punter is joining forces with Kick-It to raise money for pediatric cancer research.
Nearly ten years ago, Saint Ignatius kicker Matthew Colella was diagnosed with cancer. Due to chemotherapy and radiation treatment, Colella could no longer play his childhood sport of soccer, but he found a second love -- football.
After defeating cancer, Colella joined the Saint Ignatius football team as a kicker, and decided to raise money through the organization Kick-It, founded to eradicate pediatric cancer. Colella raised over $4,000 in his efforts.
Now, Trickett, an excellent student-athlete and young man, is following in Colella's footsteps.
Trickett and his special teams teammates are partnering with Kick-It to turn points into money for cancer research. Trickett and the Football Cats are accepting pledges per point, or flat donations.
"I know some kids with cancer, and it's really sad to see," Trickett told WKYC in an interview
. "To be on the field and to be the voice for them, and to give them something to cherish, that's extremely motivating."
Already, Trickett and the Wildcats have raised over $1,800 for cancer research, through just three games.
You can support Trickett and his cause here