Rapides Parish football-playing high schools raised $4,110 for the American Cancer Society during the 2023 football season as part of Rapides Cancer Center’s second Kick Cancer partnership.

The eight football-playing schools raised money for the ACS and their own schools through every successful field goal ($20 each) and Point After Try ($10) during the 2023 football season.

Alexandria Senior High claimed its second straight Golden Boot award for raising $610 through 57 PATs and two field goals. ASH is receiving a $610 donation, and an equal donation to the American Cancer Society is being made on the behalf of the school.

“We are thrilled that our local schools were able to raise more money for the American Cancer Society during the 2023 season than in our first season of Kick Cancer,” said Karen Z. Hathorn, MSN RN CNS NE-BC, Administrative Director of Rapides Cancer Center. “The schools may be rivals, but we all share the common goal of finding a cure for cancer and supporting ACS.”

“We are honored to receive this award for a second straight year,” said ASH football coach Thomas Bachman. “This is truly a team reward as it took everyone to make this happen. But the most important factor is we are raising money to fight cancer and support cancer patients. We thank Rapides Regional Medical Center and Rapides Cancer Center for their support.”

The other seven schools in the parish – Bolton, Buckeye, Holy Savior Menard, Northwood, Peabody, Pineville and Tioga – are receiving a minimum donation of $500, with an equal donation made on their behalf to ACS.

“The American Cancer Society is thankful for our continued long-standing partnership with Rapides Regional Medical Center and all of the work they do with local cancer patients in our community,” said Kristin Franks, Senior Development Manager for American Cancer Society. “We congratulate these schools on a successful second season of Kick Cancer. It is through donations like this and the support of our local Relay for Life of Central Louisiana that help the American Cancer Society continue to fulfill its mission on a daily basis.”