We can do something for kids with cancer

Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
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Benefit event to be from 3-9 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Powder Ridge Winter Recreation Area

Jackson Kmitch was diagnosed with lymphoma last November. Jackson (Jack) is the son of Joel Kmitch, and a student at St. Cloud Tech. He and his twin brother Sam are excellent swimmers on the Tech swim team. The twin boys, age 14, were born five months apart, and do everything together. Until now. Sam is competing in the pool, Jack is engaged in what the team is doing and trying to do what he can to help the team, according to his coach Eckberg. Right now, he can't work as hard as the guys in the pool. He is in five months of intense chemotherapy treatment, to continue weekly until July, followed by

19 months of scaled-back treatment, once a month, for maintenance. His age and health give him high chances of recovery. There is no discernable reason that he has lymph node cancer, it isn't genetic or caused by something he has or has not done. It is something that happens.

Treatments leave Jack with an upset stomach and being tired. Those treatments are offering him the best chance to beat his cancer of the lymph nodes. Sometimes after chemo, he throws up, the first round of chemotherapy was pretty hard, the day he pretty much laid on the floor all day.

When members of the volunteer Powder Ridge Ski Patrol learned of his situation, they wanted to do something! Something to help. A planning committee was formed, Jerry offered the use of his great chalet, Brian Fassler and Mark Downing offered their great band and ideas and plans developed. When the idea of a benefit was proposed to Jackson and the rest of the Kmitch clan, they loved the idea. Jackson, being an unselfish kid, wants the money raised to go to other families that might need more help than he does! He picked the Miracles of Mitch Foundation. This foundation raises money for kids with childhood cancer that live right here in Minnesota!

Tickets to the benefit will cost $10 and people can also buy raffle tickets to win a chance at two cash prizes of $250 each.

Items are needed for the silent auction. If anyone wants to become more involved in working at the event, contact Mary Zelko.

Mary Zelko can be reached at (763) 898-2069, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .