Dragon Muay Thai Martial Arts school owner Dianna LaVecchia finds a way to use her passion for Muay Thai to fight breast cancer.
“In 2009 I got the chance to open my martial arts school and it was still lingering that I lost my mom to breast cancer. I want to be able to do something," LaVecchia said.
That's when LaVecchia came up with the idea for Kickboxing for the Cure. Every year for the past three years LaVecchia has held a Kick-a-thon at her Muay Thai school to raise money for Susan the G. Kolmen for the Cure Foundation.
“It just fit perfectly...What else could I have done that would have been so unique to draw attention," LaVecchia said.
Susan G. Kolmen is a non-profit corporation dedicated to education and research for the fight against breast cancer. They also provide free and low cost services to those who have little or no health coverage.
This year's Kick-a-thon will be held in the the schools parking lot off of Route 37 on September 28th, beginning at 10am.
Students from her Muay Thai school raise money by donating kicks while having friends and family sponsor them in the Kick-a-thon.
“We've got round kicks, high kicks, theres all types of kicks in Muay Thai. We mix it up so we don't get bored,” LaVecchia said.
Students can choose whether they want to or see how many kicks they can do in a set period of time or how many consecutive kicks they can do without stopping.
Lavecchia says the most consecutive kicks someone has reached at the kick-a-thon is 502.
“This year we are going to try and beat that,” Lavecchia said.
All of the money that is raised at the kick-a-thon is rolled over to LaVecchia's the Kicking for the Cure team she puts together for Susan G. Kolemn's Race for the Cure every year.
“It's a day out, a good time to get with people outside of the school,” LaVecchia said.
LaVecchia's first kick-a-thon raised over $1,700, and since then has raised over $7,000.
For anyone who has thought about starting up their own fundraisers or events, LaVechia says the best thing to do is to just get out there and do it.
“If it's a great cause and it's something you want to do something about, just do it. It's not going to be easy, but just being able to accomplish that is so worth it,” LaVecchia said.