Way to Go: Lexi Zisselman, New Hyde Park

Lexi Zisselman, a seventh-grader at Herricks Middle School,

Lexi Zisselman, a seventh-grader at Herricks Middle School, raised more than $7,500 last month with a “Kick for a Cure” event at Hofstra University to benefit the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. | Here's the story

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A New Hyde Park girl is doing her part to help defeat cancer.

Lexi Zisselman, a seventh-grader at Herricks Middle School, raised more than $7,500 last month with a "Kick for a Cure" event at Hofstra University to benefit the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

The event attracted 275 youngsters, ages 6 to 19, who paid a small fee to get two penalty kicks for a chance to enter raffles to win various prizes.

Lexi's father, Marc Zisselman, began volunteering at the nonprofit after her grandfather was diagnosed with the disease in 2004. Her grandfather died a year later at age 63, when Lexi was 3.

"My grandfather died too young, so I hope we can eventually find a cure," said Lexi, 12, who coordinated the effort as part of her bat mitzvah project.

To promote the event, Lexi and her family contacted local soccer enthusiasts, using email lists of the Long Island Junior Soccer League, Paul Riley Soccer School in Rockville Centre, and the Albertson Soccer Club, on whose board Lexi's father serves.

The raffle prizes included a 32-inch television from Mr. Jay Appliances in Williston Park, an iPad Mini from Town Total Specialized Pharmacy Services in Melville, and a pizza party for 20 kids at Angelina's Pizzeria & Restaurant in Williston Park.

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