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Whiz Kids: Celtics for a Cure Junior Team Raises $3,200 for Relay for Life

Students from St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School will walk 12 hours at the Lemont-Homer Glen event beginning Friday night.

Each week, Lemont Patch will seek suggestions from readers for individual kids, youth groups, teens and even sports teams that wow us with their accomplishments.

We want to hear about these amazing children and teens and select one each week as the Patch Whiz Kid.  Submit your nomination in our comment box below or e-mail the information to Local Editor Amanda Luevano at amanda@patch.com. Be sure to include all of the information included below.

And without further ado, this week's Whiz Kid are...

Celtics for a Cure Junior

Whiz Kids' Names: 24 members

Whiz Kids' Age: 7-14

Whiz Kids' School:

Whiz Kids' Accomplishment: Held a successful car wash at for Relay for Life, raising $1,135.25. In May, the team raised nearly $400 by shaving their heads to honor the moms and loved ones who lost their hair during cancer treatments.

Whiz Kids' Key to Awesomeness: Team captains Brendan and Meaghan McGuire said, "We were an awesome success! In total we raised $1,035.25 in the car wash, and sold $100 in luminarias for a grand total of $1,135.25! There is no way we could have ever thought we would raise that much money in four hours! Only four hours and we have increased our total money raised from $2,146.50 to $3,281.75! We were a "Rising Star" status team, but we are climbing up the ladder of succes as we are now a "Bronze" team after raising over $2,500. The next step of the ladder is "Silver" status, which means that $3,500 is our new goal!"

During Relay for Life, participants walk for 12 hours to raise awareness and funding for cancer research. The Lemont-Homer Glen event is scheduled for Friday, July 13, at the Lemont High School Sports Complex, 131st Street and Bell Road.

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Mike Bruno July 11, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Great job Celtics for Cure JR. All of you should be very proud of your efforts. What a great example of the youth of Lemont.
Lisa R. July 11, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Little kids CAN do BIG things!! Congratulations to all of the Celtics for a Cure team members. We are sooooo proud of you!!
Tim Wall July 11, 2012 at 11:56 PM
GREAT JOB kids! Anyone can help these kids fight cancer by donating to their team here http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLFY12IL?team_id=1147468&pg=team&fr_id=38159 Show these kids how much you appreciate their efforts & donate on their behalf (even $5 helps!)
Eileen Bruno July 12, 2012 at 02:17 AM
You are all a blessing. Wonderful work kids. See you Friday Mrs. Bruno
Theresa M July 13, 2012 at 08:08 PM
We are so proud of all of you. Just an amazing job.

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