Donning various colors students from across the region gathered at St. John Lutheran School in Redwood Falls Sept. 14 to take part in an event that is held to raise funds to help support efforts to end childhood cancer.

The students came to take part in the Kick-It for Cancer kickball tournament, which is held at St. John school in memory of Anna Rogotzke, a former student who passed away in 2010 from rhabdomyosarcoma.

According to Dave Gartner, St. John Lutheran school administrator, there were five schools which took part in the third fundraising kickball tournament held at the school, including St. John Lutheran in Redwood Falls, St. Paul’s Lutheran of St. James, Immanuel Lutheran in Hutchinson, St. John Lutheran in Sleepy Eye and Prairie Lutheran School in Fairfax. 

“We had 270 students participate along with about 50 adults,” said Gartner.

Approximately $4,000 was raised during the event, with local students raising funds through fundraising activities.

Gartner added other funds came from Redwood area businesses. The funds raised are donated to the Kick-It program, which has joined together with the “Alex’s Lemonade Stand” program.

Gartner said these childhood cancer programs were chosen, because they know 84 percent of the funds raised are used for programming and research for childhood cancer.

Cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the United States. Gartner expressed his appreciation and the appreciation of the school for those who helped to make the Kick-It fundraising kickball tournament a success again this year.

“Thank you to all of the businesses that supported this event or any of the other Kick-It events we have done in the past,” said Gartner.

Donations for Kick-It may be dropped off at the school.

“Our hope and prayer is to find a cure for childhood cancers, so parents and love ones don’t have to watch their children go through this horrible disease,” said Gartner.

For more information about childhood cancer and the Kick-It program, visit