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Senate honors Kentwood, Kentridge students for 'Kicks for a Cure'

Sen. Joe Fain sponsored a Senate Resolution honoring “Kicks for a Cure” and was joined by the group’s founder Tara Radford, Kentwood women’s soccer coach Aaron Radford, Kentwood players Bailey Griglio and Jessica Gibb, Kentridge women’s soccer coach Sherri Rolfs, and Kentridge student athletes McKenna Hayes and Porsche Jennings. Tara’s family members Mike Steinthal, Ida McCleary, Gertie Huff, Karma Strozyk and Ariel and Addison joined them.   - Courtesy photo/Kathy Strauss, Washington State Legislative Support Services
Sen. Joe Fain sponsored a Senate Resolution honoring “Kicks for a Cure” and was joined by the group’s founder Tara Radford, Kentwood women’s soccer coach Aaron Radford, Kentwood players Bailey Griglio and Jessica Gibb, Kentridge women’s soccer coach Sherri Rolfs, and Kentridge student athletes McKenna Hayes and Porsche Jennings. Tara’s family members Mike Steinthal, Ida McCleary, Gertie Huff, Karma Strozyk and Ariel and Addison joined them.
— image credit: Courtesy photo/Kathy Strauss, Washington State Legislative Support Services

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Members of the state Senate today honored Tara Radford and soccer players from Kentwood and Kentridge high schools for their work on "Kicks for a Cure."

The program raises money for breast-cancer screenings to support women's health.

Sen. Joe Fain (R-Auburn) sponsored Senate Resolution 8691, which highlighted the Kentwood girls soccer team's work in raising more than $21,000 to provide breast-cancer screenings for low-income women through MultiCare Covington's "Women Get It" program.

Since Tara Radford, wife of Kentwood soccer coach Aaron Radford, launched the effort in 2009, the team has played five fundraising matches along with other community events to raise funds and awareness.

"This is a great example of turning tragedy into opportunity," Fain said. "Not only have Tara, Aaron and the teams accomplished a great deal helping women access essential screenings, but they also set an incredible example for other people in the community about their ability to effect change and help others."

Radford launched Kicks for a Cure after her mother and grandmother were diagnosed with breast cancer. Early detection is critical in beating cancer and programs like "Women Get It" are the most effective way to help women access screenings.

This past fall the Kentwood soccer team hosted the most recent Kicks for a Cure match against Kentridge and raised more than $3,500.

In addition to the game, the group has sold merchandise, hosted car washes and found other local sponsors to raise additional money.

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