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Throughout October, you'll see football teams around the area wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But in Lewis County, that's not all they'll be doing. The high school football and soccer teams will get an early start to next year's Relay for Life with a fundraiser they call "Kickin' Cancer."

"Every year when we do Relay for Life we run out of time, because it's at the beginning of June and our seniors have gone and it's a crazy time with graduation. So we thought we would get a head start on our Relay for Life fundraising," said LCHS teacher Jena Pettit.

It's a simple concept: members of both teams have been collecting pledges of 25 cents to a dollar for every scoring kick by either team. Every goal by the boys and girls soccer teams, and every field goal and extra point by the Minutemen football team count toward the total, which will be tallied at the end of the month. It's a cause that's especially important to the school, since two teachers were diagnosed with cancer in the last year.

"Both are doing fantastic, very, very well. We lost a teacher about a year and a half ago to cancer, Martha Mae Danzig, so we really feel like at Lewis County High School we've been hit hard with it, and it's something that every kid experiences," said Pettit.

So for now, while the three teams are getting in their practice, they'll also be supporting a good cause. That's something that Minutemen football coach Eddie Vincent said is a priority for his team.

"We have a bunch of great students and great young men, and they always look for a way to contribute to the community in some way, and this was an opportunity that we could take advantage of," Vincent said.